The Railway Siding

by  Jonathan Holloway

Short Play, Drama  /  5m, 1f

"Jonathan Holloway: solid art extract" - The Sunday Times Magazine
A stunningly crafted, highly atmospheric play in one act.

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The Railway Siding

by  Jonathan Holloway

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Out of work, out of luck, and out of favor with his wife, architect Jack Webb retreats to a cottage in Wales to concentrate on a new design project for a friend's business. With the deadline imminent, Jack takes the overnight train from Haverfordwest back to London to deliver his drawings.

On the otherwise deserted train Jack encounters first an unusually friendly guard and then an aloof and otherworldly woman, Hope Cairns, who has just abandoned a planned rendezvous in Milford with a lover, also named Jack. When Hope suddenly disappears, and the guard reveals her story, we discover that Jack's journey is not all it seems. The Railway Siding is a stunningly crafted, highly atmospheric play in one act.

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Reviews

"Jonathan Holloway: solid art extract" - The Sunday Times Magazine

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A train from Wales to London, and various simple settings.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5m, 1f
TOM - Jack's London architect friend, RP, world weary
JACK WEBB - late 40s, educated estuarine
THE STATION MASTER – Welsh
THE TRAIN GUARD – 50s, Gloucestershire
MRS. HOPE CAIRNS – clipped RP
LONDON RAIL STEWARD – Welsh
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