Behind-the-scenes trip for actors

Keighley News: Cast members of Silsden Community Productions’  The Railway Children in Oakworth Cast members of Silsden Community Productions’ The Railway Children in Oakworth

Actors from Silsden’s amateur dramatic group have been travelling by stream train and gathering in costume at Oakworth Station in preparation for their production of The Railway Children next week.

Key members of the Silsden Community Productions cast were taken to significant locations from the film set of the classic 1970s production of The Railway Children.

The group travelled by steam train from Keighley Station to Oakworth Station, and were able to take photographs for publicity.

The trip was organised and supervised by Graham Mitchell, who is a member of Silsden Community Productions and a volunteer for Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

A spokesman for the dramatic group said: “Railway staff and train drivers provided an informative, behind-the-scenes tour.

“The group was excited by the unique opportunity and the children in particular were delighted to visit the station which plays such a central part in the story.

“Neil Whitaker, who plays Mr Perks in the production, was particularly impressed at being allowed to change the points. Railway staff supervised the procedure and stressed that the general public were not allowed access to the points, but as Neil was playing the porter, agreed that he could have a go.”

Local theatre was revived by the group in Silsden under the directorship of David Hardman in 2008, and since then it has grown to attract a membership of more than 80.

The group says it aims to bring together a variety of talents and skills across a wide age range.

Mr Hardman said: “Since its first appearance in 1906, Edith Nesbitt’s book The Railway Children has become a classic which has been read and loved by successive generations of children.

“This adaptation by Dave Simpson is the most challenging production we have tackled so far.”

Silsden Community Productions will perform the adaptation from Wednesday, March 28, to Saturday, March 31, at 7.30pm in Silsden AFC Cricket Pavilion. Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children (under 16), on sale at Twigg’s newsagents, in Kirkgate, Silsden.

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