The Carlton Players are proud to present their production of The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley


It is a cold and wet night as a train pulls up to Fal Vale, a remote Cornish station, leaving its six passengers stranded there until the next morning after having missed their connection due to the antics of passenger Teddie Deakin.


The stationmaster, Saul, is not happy with them staying the night and tells them about the tragic incident that happened at the station many years ago and the chilling Ghost Train story associated with it.


With no choice but the stay put, the passengers settle in for an uncomfortable night as startling events unfolds as they receive unexpected visitors.


We caught up with director Jen Henry for her thoughts on the production.


I was delighted for this opportunity to direct this thrilling play after seeing many verions of it over the years on film and stage.  You may know of the writer, Arnold Ridley, for playing the delightfully gentle Private Godfrey in BBC's 'Dad's Army'. He is less known as a playwright, but Ridley wrote more than 30 plays and his 1923 'The Ghost Train' was by far his most successful and enduring.


Ridley's story about a group of stranded passengers at a remote station was inspired by his own experience of a missed connection, when he spent an uncomfortable night at Mangotsfield Junction, near Bristol, and was awoken by a train screaming and tearing through the station during the night.


The play has a cast of delightfully eclectric characters, all very much with their own story to tell.  The irritating Teddie Deakin clashes with everyone he meets, while old Saul just wants them all gone. Miss Bourne, a highly strung lady, unexpectedly lets down her guard with a little help. We have two couples who show different ends of the marriage spectrum and the mysterious trio of Sterling, Price and Julia add a real change in pace and urgency to the play, which is a delight to build on.


The cast navigate themselves excellently through this journey, showing how many of the characters transform along the way.


The play is a thrilling ride, laced with tension, suspense, comedy and with a fair share of spooky moments for a few jumps along the way!


We are looking forward to presenting this play to Carlton audiences from 22nd - 26th March



Tickets available here, from the theatre or from Health and Home Brew Centre, 34 Oxton Road, Birkenhead





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