THESPIANS at King’s Ely Junior (KEJ) wowed audiences with their thought-provoking production of The Railway Children.

After months of planning and rehearsing, Year 7 and 8 pupils took to the stage at King’s Ely’s Hayward Theatre on the evenings of November 22nd and 23rd.

More than 200 people attended the performances and Director of Drama and Theatre at King’s Ely, Nick Huntington, was delighted with the production.

Mr Huntington commented: “The Railway Children is a fantastic play with many challenging themes and I was so proud to see our Year 7 and 8 pupils tackle these with such commitment and enthusiasm. Both those onstage and our backstage student team did an excellent job and our audiences really enjoyed the production, even if it did move them to tears at times!”

The Railway Children is a children’s book by Edith Nesbit, originally serialised in The London Magazine during 1905 and first published in book form in 1906. It has been adapted for the screen several times, of which the 1970 film version is the best known. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography credits Oswald Barron, who had a deep affection for Nesbit, with having provided the plot.

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