the outside Carnesky's Ghost Train looks like the kind of ride you'd
find at any fairground.
take nothing at face value. As the train weaves its way round several
circuits, you find yourself in the company of disturbed souls. Women
trapped behind bars and windows and doors with only the rattling
of the train and the cleverly produced ghosts for company.
Director Marisa Carnesky said that the cast were women from different
generations of Eastern European migration to Britain and that it
is about people between two places looking at cultural displacement
as a theme. I'll have to take her word for it as, to be honest,
I didn't really get it.
Carnesky's Ghost Train
I had sympathy for these women, but I found little to explain what
there problem really was. Don't get me wrong the whole experience,
production and performance was spot on and Paul Kieve's illusions
were stunning and worthy of a visit.
fact the illusions are the real stars of the show with ghostly figures,
the woman that's been sawn in half and a particularly impressive
piece involving one of the performers swallowing live doves. But
the finale is a real jaw-dropper on the scale of any great theatrical
The Ghost Train is only here until Sunday, so don't miss this one-way
trip of a death-time!