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The Ghost Train, by the Encore Theatre Company

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All aboard The Ghost Train - if you dare
Are you spellbound by a good ghost story? Do you become enthralled by a thrilling murder mystery? And love a night out at the theatre? The Encore Theatre Company's upcoming production of The Ghost Train will be sure to leave your spine tingling as the story twists and turns until the mysterious revelation at the end.

The Ghost Train
Image courtesy of Encore Theatre Company

The Ghost Train is set in the waiting room of a railway station in South Cornwall, where a group of passengers are stranded on a stormy night in the mid-1920s. Ghost stories and whispers of supernatural happenings are not at all out of the ordinary in isolated South Cornwall, and on this dark and gloomy night, the stranded passengers are about to have an evening they will never forget—if they make it out alive….

The Stationmaster anxiously tries to convince the passengers to leave, desperately telling them the tale of the ghost train. The mysterious train is hurtling towards them, and death is imminent for all those who set their eyes upon it. Who will succumb? Who will escape? There are murders and thrills and mysterious adversaries to leave you captivated until all is revealed—with a twist—in the final moments.

The Ghost Train
Katie Macfie, Andrew Ferguson (Director), George Benca, Lindsay Fletcher, Bob Bramble, Dave Curtain, and Mark Briggs in rehearsal for Encore Theatre Company's The Ghost Train. Photo by Eleni Miller (Encore Theatre Company)

Set over a four-hour period, the show personifes a good old-fashioned English murder mystery, full of characters with such marvellously British names as Richard and Elsie Winthrop, Charles and Peggy Murdoch, Herbert Price, Teddie Deakin and the eccentric Miss Bourne, all with equally marvellous British accents to match.

The Ghost Train
Andrew Ferguson (Director), Katie Macfie, and Mark Briggs in rehearsal for Encore Theatre Company's The Ghost Train. Photo by Eleni Miller (Encore Theatre Company)

Opening night for The Ghost Train is on Friday 9 October, and performances run until Saturday 24 October. There are evening and matinee performances, with a special gala night on Saturday 17 October. Tickets are $24 each, and $22 for concession (slightly higher on gala night), and can be purchased by phoning 1300 739 099.

The Ghost Train
Bel Shields, Bec Gooch-Andrew, and Andrew Ferguson (Director) in rehearsal for Encore Theatre Company's The Ghost Train. Photo by Eleni Miller (Encore Theatre Company).

Performances of The Ghost Train are held at the Encore Theatre Company's 132-seat theatrette at the Clayton Community Centre in Cooke Street. The theatrette was purpose-built for Encore, and opened in 2008. There is plenty of free parking available, and there are even complimentary drinks on offer prior to the commencement of the show.

Encore Theatre Company
The Clayton Community Centre Theatrette: purpose-built just for the Encore Theatre Company! Image fro

Encore Theatre Company
The Encore Theatre Company is a non-professional, non-profit theatre company, bringing high-quality theatre productions to the local community at reasonable prices. The company produce and perform four productions per calendar year, with The Ghost Train the final production for 2015. Each production requires the tireless work of the dedicated team of friendly volunteers at the Encore Theatre Company, and new members are always welcome—and you don't have to be a performer to join. Members can be involved in costumes, set building and lighting, audio, front of house, graphic design and marketing. If you are passionate about performing and local theatre, give the Encore Theatre Company a call to see how you can be a part of the magic, or check out their Facebook page to stay up to date with all their latest news and events.

There's something just that bit special about live theatre, and for a night of spooky entertainment that will give you a shiver or two, book yourself a ticket to a performance of The Ghost Train. You'll be kept on the edge of your seat as the talented folk at Encore Theatre Company take you to South Cornwall for a night-time journey that is sure to thrill. And perhaps take the car to this one—leave the train for another day…

The Ghost Train
Image courtesy of Encore Theatre Company

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Why? A spine-tingling murder mystery to keep you on the edge of your seats.
When: Opening night Friday 9th October 2015 and runs through to Saturday 24th October 2015
Phone: Bookings: 1300 739 099 Enquiries and Membership: (03) 9515 7272
Where: Clayton Community Centre Theatrette
Cost: Tickets $24 each; $22 concession. Group bookings of 10 or more $20 each.
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