Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017
Veteran train traveller and stand-up comedian, Steve Gribbin, rails against the current state of Britain’s railway system.
Using his very worst journeys as examples, Steve takes us on a (de)tour of cancellations, delays and overcrowding that’s enough to drive you to drive. It’s the antidote to Michael Portillo.
But he doesn’t stop there (it’s not scheduled): Steve shunts back into history to acknowledge the immense social change that the trains have brought, from the adoption of 'railway time' (not an oxymoron), to the movement of goods and services, including of course, troops on their way to war.
The show will be a mixture of stand-up, songs and train announcements, as Steve examines all aspects of the railways, from Beeching to Brunel, from Steam (H2O) to HS2.
Along the way, audiences will be encouraged to relate their worst rail journeys and personal stories. Like the one about Steve’s great grandfather John Gribbin, a railwayman who was knocked over and killed at Liverpool Lime Street Station in 1932.
The show also looks at privatisation and the sheer grinding frustration of modern rail travel, where it turns out the most difficult three words are not 'I Love You', but 'Bus Replacement Service.'
Suggested suitability for ages 16+
There's plenty of time to walk to Calstock Rail Station after the concert to catch your train back to Plymouth. The Chapel is only a few minutes walk from Calstock Station.
Tickets in advance :
Standard : £12.00 ( £13.00 at the door)
Unwaged : £10.00
Under18s : £6.00
Friends of Calstock Arts : £11.00
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