Saturday, 27 June 2015

A Right Royal Ride

A telephone call at lunchtime on Friday changed my plans for the forth-coming night.  A friend had a spare ticket to visit The Royal Exchange in Manchester to see the 1920's play The Ghost Train due to her partner being unable to make it - did I fancy going?  Well, why not?

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - The Ghost Train

It turned out the play was written by Arnold Ridley, (famous for his role as Private Godfrey in the Dad's Army TV series from the seventies), and performed on this tour by the Told By An Idiot group.  It's been a while since I last visited The Royal Exchange, so I was really looking forward to a night of live entertainment.

 I managed to get away from Altrincham fairly early, and made it to Deansgate to our rendezvous point.  After a quick drink it was a short stroll over to the theatre, and it was pleasing to see a good crowd attending the play.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - The Ghost Train
There is definitely something exciting and vibrant about watching a live performance - especially when well executed.  This version of The Ghost Train was a horror-comedy set in a deserted train station, featuring a group of mis-matched and stranded travellers, and had a lovely vintage farce about the soft and warm humour - and I absolutely loved it. 

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - The Ghost Train

The cast had a fantastic and very well-earned ovation at the end, and as I made my way home through the quiet city streets I couldn't help but think "Why don't I do this more often?"  So much more entertaining than sitting in front of a film at home.

I'd certainly recommend a trip out to see the play, but sadly this train has now left the Manchester platform for the time being, but without a doubt has left behind some marvellous memories.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - The Ghost Train

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