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The Railway Children

 Kelvedon Institute 

 Saturday 27th April  

Performance: 7.30PM

Tickets: Free (But must be pre-booked) 


“Don’t miss this heart-warming tale brought to life through fun, magic and captivating storytelling.”

Following on from last year’s successful production of “The Butterfly Lion,” The Black Dog Theatre Creation are back with an adaptation of the much-loved story of Edith Nesbit's famous story, The Railway Children.

The Waterbury children: Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis were leading an ordinary life in their home until a mysterious event turned their lives upside down. They were forced to move to the countryside near a busy railway station, where the trains passing through carried stories of mystery, friendship, and discovery. The young heroes found themselves in the middle of a true adventure. This journey celebrates the timeless power of love, community, and the unbreakable bonds of family. Gather your friends and family and embark on this exciting journey together.

This year, The Black Dog Theatre Creation is celebrating its tenth year of leading community theatre projects developing confidence, friendships and learning and sharing new artistic skills. Over the past six months we have been working with The Essex Records Office, East Anglian Railway Museum and the Heritage Lottery Fund developing an understanding of what life was like locally during the Victorian times before creating this special retelling of this much-loved classic story.

Please note: 
There is no interval.
Running time approx. 1 hr 10 minutes
Suggested age suitability: 7 yrs +


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About Us

"A unique, special theatre project"

The Black Dog Theatre Creation is a special not-for-profit theatre group set up and run by Alfie James Productions which aims at using performance skills to support people suffering from poor confidence, anxiety and to help to reduce the risk of people becoming isolated. It is also open to those who simply love being creative, learning new theatre skills and staging plays regularly. Now in its sixth year it is slowly growing and is building its reputation as being a wonderful, positive, and successful group. We currently have two groups in Colchester and Camden, London and we often run short bite-size projects in Brentwood and Suffolk. We develop small projects, workshops and performances and work with other artists to offer our members the opportunity to engage in a wide range of artistic skills. Our projects are free to access and open to all.

To find out more about us click here: 



Can you believe it? In 2024 The Black Dog Theatre Creation will be celebrating its tenth anniversary since it first opened its doors. Over the past ten years, we’ve worked with so many members, artists, performance spaces and formed links with other community support groups. We’ve taken part in an outdoor festival, survived Covid, tripled our audience sizes, created over 15 productions, and even got our heads around developing our own audio plays!


But we couldn’t have done it with your help. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us. We really appreciate your kindness and help.


Our Colchester group have been taking a small break this year whilst we develop a new and exciting link with the Heritage Lottery Fund, The East Anglian Railway Museum and the Essex Records Office to create a wonderful new project as part of our tenth-year celebrations. This November we will starting our next Colchester Black Dog Theatre Creation project based on learning all about life in Colchester during the Victorian times. From steam trains to farming to fashion and the social class system. We will be learning how to use museums, artefacts, as well as the Essex Archives before devising a special performance based on the Railway Children. The performance will be performed at the East Anglian Railway Museum in early 2024.


We’ll also be on the look out for some new members to join us so if you’re interested in getting involved then please get in touch.


Some of our Colchester group members have been collaborating with local Mersea Island Mayor and disabled artist, Sophie Weaver to bring to life a beautiful story inspired by her life on to the stage. Ruptured Duck: the play was first created as an audio play during the lockdown. It explores accessibility and disability in the arts with the hope of breaking down barriers and the stigmas often attached to disabled artists taking part in performances. The play will be performed for free at the Kelvedon Institute on Saturday 11th November.


We are delighted to be forming a new Black Dog Theatre Creation in East-ham, London. We have partnered up with the fantastic and hugely creative team at the Applecart Arts Theatre to create the new group for adults wishing to develop their confidence, self-esteem, make new friends and explore performance techniques. The group will be free to be involved in  and will be opening its doors in late November.

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