Theatre Royal Stratford East and c2c team up for unique theatre train experience
National Express train operator c2c has teamed up with young performers from Theatre Royal Stratford East to stage a performance with a difference - using a commuter train as the starting point for an immersive theatre experience.
More than thirty performers aged between 12 and 25 staged 'Along the Lines', a programme of interactive theatre, dance and song they'd written themselves, based on the everyday scenes and stories that are seen on public transport. The show lasted ninety minutes for an invited audience of seventy, whilst the private train transported them from Fenchurch Street to Leigh-on-Sea and back.
The two organisations originally teamed up when Theatre Royal Stratford East won two grants from the National Express Foundation, the transport operator's independent charity, totalling £5,000. The theatre used this funding to run a programme of mentoring and performance skills for 20 young poets and to provide an 'Introduction to working in the arts' course for 30 young artists.
Karlos Coleman from Theatre Royal Stratford East, who directed the show, said: "The young people found it incredibly inspirational to put on a performance in such a unique environment and they were buzzing afterwards. Thank you to c2c and the National Express Foundation for all your help in making this happen."
James Donnan, General Manager of the National Express Foundation, said: "We're delighted to have been able to provide this unique platform for young people from Theatre Royal Stratford East to showcase their talent. I'm sure the audience will never forget their train ride with a difference!"