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The Railway Children

The Railway Children

By E. Nesbit
Adapted by Mike Kenny
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848421318, 96 pages, November 2010


Mike Kenny's imaginative stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's much-loved children's classic. Famously filmed, this story of a prosperous Edwardian family - mother and three children - forced into near-penury in the rural north of England captures the anxieties and exhilarations of childhood with great tenderness and insight. As Mike Kenny says of his remarkably faithful adaptation, ‘You don’t need a real train to perform this play… the most powerful prop is the imagination of the audience, the most effective tool the skill of the actors. ’ So this version of The Railway Children, which offers three plum roles for young performers, is eminently suitable for schools, youth theatres and drama groups - anywhere, in fact, where the cry of ‘Daddy! My Daddy!' is likely to provoke a tear. ..