Newport Youngsters Transported back to the ’50s by the Titfield Thunderbolt

June 12, 2011
Titfield Thunderbolt

Pictured during rehearsals are (front, left to right) young actors Alice Hillman, Emma Davies, Joshua Davies and Jessica Needham. Behind them are seasoned Newport Playgoers actors Richard Dymond, Clare Drewett, Caroline Drewett-Mansell, Nicky Davies and Ryan Salter. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Youngsters from Newport are being taken on a madcap ride back to the 1950s when they appear in the stage version of the Ealing comedy ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ this week.  

Jessica Needham, Alice Hillman and Joshua and Emma Davies are among a huge cast which is appearing in this highly innovative and entertaining production at the Dolman Theatre.

“We’re having a really great time in this very funny show,” said nine-year-old Emma, who, like her brother, Josh, goes to Caerleon Endowed School.

“We have lots to do, including singing, playing old-fashioned games and taking care of our dog Fluffy,” added eight-year-old Alice, who with her friend Jessica attends Lliswerry Primary School.

The four youngsters are no strangers to appearing on stage, having been in shows staged by Sharon Fitzgerald’s  Dance School, and Joshua has also appeared in revues by Newport Operatic Society. He’s really enjoying playing the part of a naughty schoolboy in ‘Titfield Thunderbolt’.

The play, set in the 1950s when many small branch lines were axed, centres on villagers’ attempts to run their own railway in competition with a local bus company. It promises to take the audience into a zany world of nostalgia and feelgood fun.

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‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ is at the Dolman Theatre from 14 – 18 June. Tickets can be booked by phoning the box office on 01633 263670 or visiting