Great Train raises great amount for West Church

Larry Young as Norrie Robertson takes issue with  Graham Betts as Cammie Riley. Primmie MacGillivray playing the Kinabber SignalBox looks on
Larry Young as Norrie Robertson takes issue with Graham Betts as Cammie Riley. Primmie MacGillivray playing the Kinabber SignalBox looks on

The three performances of The Great Train Race, about unofficial train races that took place between London and Aberdeen in 1895, at the Acorn Centre in Inverurie last week were a great success, both theatrically and as a fundraiser for the West Church in Inverurie.

Fundraising group convener Helen Anderson said, “Audience members were clearly impressed with the play, the performances of the three actors who played multiple characters, the creative physical theatre, the lighting, sound and video effects, the live music, the imaginative set, the audience participation and the stovies afterwards!

“There was such a buzz downstairs in the Acorn at the end of the hour long show as members of the audience tucked into their stovies and enjoyed a relaxing drink while having a chance to chat about the story they had just seen performed for them.

“By the time production and catering costs have been met, Please Take Productions will have raised somewhere in the region of £1000 for the Church. We are very grateful for that.”

Cast member, Larry Young, said, “It was a great three nights with very supportive audiences. The feedback we’ve received has been fantastic. The audiences really seemed to enjoy this true historical tale but told in a very humorous way and so we’re just wondering where we might perform it next.

“The play demands a fair bit of interaction with the audience and our Inverurie audiences were marvellous, getting fully into the spirit of supporting either the Caledonian Railway on the West coast or the North British Railway on the East coast.