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Great Train Robbery

BY SCRATCHWORKS THEATRE COMPANY

Theatre. 8th – 12th Feb, 20:20, £12.
Matinee 11th Feb, 15:35

August 1963: the heist of the century – millions of pounds stolen.

Four women turn history on its head and embark on a madcap adventure packed with action, live music and physical comedy.

“A totally captivating show… raw talent and creative imagination”
(Beaford Arts)

“They painted a picture so clearly and with so little that the show was a marvel to behold. Great Train Robbery is a must-see.”
(Plymouth Herald)

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It’s 1963: the heist of the century is underway.

Signals are scrambled, phone lines cut and millions of pounds in cash – stolen. Five days later the first clues are found, the gang is busted and the rest is history. But what about the ones that got away?

Four train robbers were never caught. Who were they? And how did they get away with the loot?

In our version of events, the anonymous four were women, hired to clean the robbers’ hide-out. After all, in 1963 who would suspect a woman?

Great Train Robbery follows these four forgotten females as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, we uncover the truth about history’s forgotten women.

Accolades for Great Train Robbery:
“A totally captivating show… raw talent and creative imagination” (Beaford Arts)
“They painted a picture so clearly and with so little that the show was a marvel to behold. Great Train Robbery is a must-see.” (Plymouth Herald)

Audience Response (Twitter)
“Wow how awesome was #GreatTrainRobbery. Some proper sassy lady actors getting their thievery on!”
“A treat to catch #GreatTrainRobbery. Totally charming, funny and infectious.”
“Fabulous theatre yesterday with @ScratchworksC fast, funny, musical. Recommended!”
“Great to see @ScratchworksC at #nmtoutpost last night. It fizzed from start to finish!”

Accolades for Nel:
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★★ Inter:Mission
★★★★★ StageTalk Magazine
★★★★ The Public Reviews
Highly Recommended Show – FringeReview

Scratchworks is an ensemble of four women who work collaboratively to create highly visual, playful theatre from scratch.

Scratchworks returns to VAULT Festival this year after performing Nel (★★★★ The Stage) to packed houses at VAULT 2016.

Over the past year, Scratchworks has brought its imaginative work to venues all over the UK including Battersea Arts Centre, PULSE Festival Ipswich, Salisbury Arts Centre, Barbican Theatre Plymouth and the Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

They are always making new work and are currently co-producing a brand new show with the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth. As well as being Associate Artists of the Bike Shed Theatre Exeter, members of the company have worked with the likes of Rogue Theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble and award-winning clowning company, Le Navet Bete.

www.scratchworkstheatre.co.uk

Scratchworks Theatre Company is made up of four core creatives:
Laura Doble Alice Higginson Hanora Kamen Sian Keen

Great Train Robbery is an original work created and devised by the company and commissioned for New Model Theatre’s Outpost Festival. In 2016, the show was developed with support from Dramaturg David Lane and Beaford Arts.

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