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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Book and lyrics by Julian Woolford. Music by Richard John. From the novel by E. Nesbit+ SYNOPSIS An idyllic Edwardian family Christmas is interrupted by a knock at the door and a family's life is changed forever. Father is wrongfully arrested and Mother and the three children, Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis, are forced to move to the country. Discovering a railway near their new house is just the beginning of a series of adventures set over one long summer. Julian Woolford's and Richard John's musical brings a masterful emotional depth to this rite of passage story, developing from youthful passion for adventure to an adult sense of responsibility, whilst featuring heartfelt ballads, stirring choral numbers and tuneful melodies. CAST: M5 F5 (with doubling), 1 boy, 1 girl. Chorus of children • Roberta (Bobbie) - 14 to 18 years old. - The eldest: brave, thoughtful and intelligent. Considerate and caring, a natural leader. • Peter - 12-16 years old - The second child and Bobbie‘s brother. An intelligent and honest character who demonstrates bravery and resilience in the face of danger. • Phyllis - 8-11 years old - The youngest child and the most naive. Nevertheless, she demonstrates the family’s sensitive and considerate nature, showing heroism. • Mother - 35-50 years - Considerate and resourceful, she does her best to protect the children from the rumours surrounding their father. A loving and considerate mother, who, despite the difficulties the family find themselves in, remains proud and determined. • Father - 35-50 years - A government officer. Persistent and honest, maintains his innocence regardless of the rumours surrounding his situation. He is hard-working and tolerant and maintains integrity throughout. • Perks - Playing age 35+ - A railway porter. A friendly, kind and likeable character who is required to hold the show together as he narrates the story. • Old gentleman - Playing age 60+ - Kindhearted and resourceful. Befriends the children when things become difficult and does his best to help the family. A senior member of the cast who needs to be likeable and warm. There are several additional speaking parts and a good-sized chorus is needed to make a well-rounded show. SETTINGS: Various interior and exterior settings Period 1905-1906 (Edwardian) ORCHESTRATION : Keyboard 2, Keyboard 3, Keyboard 4, Electric Bass, Percussion (Snare, Mark Tree, Shaker, Sleigh Bells, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Woodblock, Glockenspiel) DISCOGRAPHY Railway Children by Original Cast Recording