THEATRE REVIEW – THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – MAYFLOWER

Stage adaptation of the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the hit film of the same name.

Its not often I go to the theatre and watch something without any singing and dancing in it and I’m never sure what to expect from something that doesn’t have that to fall back on for the visuals etc.

I enjoyed the book and the film of this so I was intrigued as to how it would work there live in front me. What effects would be used for the scenes on the train and how and if it would all work.

I’m a big fan of Samantha Womack I think she’s a great actress and she was a perfect fit for this role as alcoholic lonely divorcee Rachel Watson.

For those of you who haven’t read the book/seen the film this story is about a missing girl and how the things that Rachel sees going on in her house as she passes on the train on her commute lead to lots of investigation and questions as to what happened to her and how Rachel is involved. It’s a crime thriller.

I won’t give too much of the plot away but there are many twists and turns in the story and Rachel does a fair amount of the investigating herself. She’s almost obsessed with Megan’s disappearance and finding out what happened. She feels she knows her and her life from the things she sees through the train window.  But what she sees, and the reality are very very different.

It’s not an action-packed show, but it is gripping. The casting and performances of the cast were incredible. It’s gritty, clever and it really sucks you into the story.

When you’re going to see something on the more serious side of theatre you don’t expect there to be a lot of laughs, but laughs there were, courtesy of John Dougall’s D.I Gaskill.  He was a brilliant character to have to lighten the mood.

The lighting and the train effects in this were really dramatic and some of the parts that show what’s going on in Rachels mind when she remembers things were incredibly powerful. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, even though I knew what was going to happen.

All in all this was a really great production, I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN  IS AT THE MAYFLOWER UNTIL 9TH FEBRUARY  TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FROM WWW.MAYFLOWER.ORG.UK

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