In 1963 a Royal Mail train travelling between Glasgow to London was robbed of £2.6 million. The Great Train Robbery is a reimagining of the real-world heist, that speculates about four mystery figures behind the robbery: four women hired to clean the robbers hide out. This production combines a classic heist scenario with a bit of physical theatre, live music and some clowning too. The Great Train Robbery will be on at the Salisbury Playhouse on Thursday February 22nd at 7:45pm.
The Great Train Robbery is based on real life events, with a bit of imaginative speculation to fill in some of the blanks. There really was a robbery, and despite intricate plans that involved tampering with signals and men on the inside, it didn't take too long for clues to emerge. But even in real life there were several accomplices who were never truly known or named. According to Scratchwork Theatre Company's version of events, these accomplices were four women hired as hide out cleaners. These unconventional criminals will leave life as they know it behind as they enter a world of mischief and mayhem following the robbery.
Scratchwork Theatre's production involves minimal set and simple costumes, but show is carried by the expressive and lively performances of their staring ladies. The four women are not just the stars of the show, but they also make up Scratchwork's creative team. There's a big of song, a bit of dance, and some highly entertaining physical theatre.
The Great Train Robbery is on at the Salisbury Playhouse for one show only, on Thursday February 22nd at 7:45pm. For other dates and locations visit the Scratchworks Theatre Company website. Tickets are £13.50 or £9 for under 25s. They can be purchased online from the Salisbury Playhouse website or by calling the box office on 01722 320 333.