Muddy Reviews: The Girl on the Train
A visually striking performance plus a fantastic technical set design - making this a Muddy must see stage production.
Bestselling book and a high grossing film, I had to wonder how this production would adapt to stage – but it did and was both unique and compelling.
During the course of the story we follow the actions and memories of the protagonist Rachel (Samantha Womack) an alcoholic divorcée obsessed with riding the train through her former neighbourhood. During these journeys, she takes a voyeuristic interest in a couple whose terrace is visible from her route, and is suddenly sucked into their lives when the wife Megan (Kirsty Oswald) suddenly goes missing.
The most engaging part of the production for me was how the audience journey was in complete unison with the lead character Rachel. Memories were shown in a series of flashback projections and the set was like a carrousel enabling seamless transitions from kitchen to living room to crime scene.
Brilliant performances by the cast – John Dougall as DI Gaskill was a particular standout – bringing some comedy to what could have been a too dark production. The set design was stunning, bravo to the creatives who successfully cleverly created a bubble of suburbia with a sinister edge. The effects used to show Rachel travelling on the train I can honestly say I haven’t seen before and were superb.
To be able to bring a new take to a well known story that has already been adapted to screen is not an easy task, but the team behind The Girl on the Train definitely managed to pull it off. With solid performances, convincing character relationships and a fresh take on set design – this is a Muddy must see!
The Girl on the Train is playing at the Theatre Royal up until Saturday 6th July, with tickets still available.
Book tickets £10 – £33.50
For further information on the cast and creative team behind the performance is click here.
Words: Fran Massingham