If you’re going to get me to go out after dark this winter, it has to be worth it and wow was it worth it!

But you know what I mean, it’s dark, wet, windy and frankly the amount of road works in Hull at the moment is making leaving the house nigh-on impossible! However when Hull Truck got in touch to say come along to see The Railway Children, then I was ready to battle the elements to be entertained.

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Parking up in St Stephens and being able to exit right next to The Albermarle Centre and Hull Truck made the dash through the rain towards the theatre less of a drama. Parking in St Stephens after 5:30pm is only £1 and for it to be undercover, well lit and have CCTV, so this is a quid well spent for your safety and security.

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Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 10 mins (including a break/interval)

Recommended Age: 7+

The Railway Children is probably a book or film you’re already familiar with but it was lovely to revisit the story of Bobby, Peter and Phyllis (played by Gina Jamieson, David Fallon and Robyn McIntyre) as they adjust to being forced to move to Yorkshire with little notice.

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As with many stories I read as a child, there were parts I’d forgotten and it was lovely to feel the surprise and joy that came with the performance.

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Night out

As it was a 7pm showing, I left the kids at home with their Dad. Instead, it was such a lovely opportunity to treat my parents and take Emma from Tiny Talk for an evening out and reminisce. railway children

Watching The Railway Children now as a parent, you realise how much more there is to the story. The worry that the mother must have gone through, trying to move house single-handedly to a new area with three children. Having to navigate Christmas with her little family, making the most of the situation and money being tight and the importance of community support when raising children.

In fact, this is probably one of the earliest depictions I’d have seen, as a child, of a single parent trying to work from home whilst her children, ran amock! I wasn’t expecting to feel so much empathy for the mother in The Railway Children but the story is very apt this year!

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Cast and set

The cast were superb and engaged the audience beautifully with even a little audience participation in the second half.

The set itself was simply genius. I’d wondered how they would factor in a train in The Heron theatre in Hull Truck but it’s such a clever use of props, lighting and sound.

I particularly loved the performance by the youngest daughter Phyllis. She had a wonderful cheeky glint in her eye and was incredibly expressive.

Feeling festive

As a show which starts set at Christmas, this is a perfect performance to get you into the festive mood in December and I can’t wait to take my children to see it during the school holidays.

At the interval we were spoilt for choice at the bar for drinks and ice creams are available for £2.50.

Running now until 2nd January with tickets starting at only £10, this is a trip to make this Christmas. Click here to book here.


On demand

If you would prefer to watch the show from home you can purchase an online ticket:

You can watch the show between Mon 6 Dec – Wed 5 Jan if you purchase an on-demand ticket by CLICKING HERE. Please disregard the time on the event/ticket. You will have 72 hours from the date you select, to watch the show.railway children hull