The Play Wot We Wrote
I don’t know what it is with me and trains. When I was a little kid I saw ‘Dr Terror’s House of Horrors’ (which should have been called ‘Dr Terror’s Train of Horrors’ – an indication of what a sloppy piece of what it was) and was fascinated by the ghost train at the end of Brighton pier, with its railway carriage filled with nodding skeleton passengers. Much later I wrote ‘Hell Train’. I said I wouldn’t do another play but I got sucked into this by the ever-excellent Kim Newman, who with director Sean Hogan has put together a portmanteau show of six tales, climaxing with Kim’s own take on the Frankenstein myth. With talents like Lisa Tuttle, Rob Shearman, Lynda Rucker and Stephen Gallagher also on board it should be a classy ride.
All of the tales in the show tackle classic horror subjects. I lead off with what’s probably the least visceral piece, having a pop at the Devil. Kim explains that the piece can be seen as a train, gathering pace – and blood – as it goes along. With a cult film actress in the lead and a lot of experienced horror talent in the engine, this is one train I’m glad to be on. Tickets are on sale now.