Performance Collective specialising in Outdoor Work combining Narrative, Music and Visuals

Next Stop

Find out where the Strange Train is going next...

 
The Magnificent Menagerie of Mrs Strange!

Join The Strange Train Company at the splendid Lyme Hall for a hilarious encounter with the extraordinary Mrs Strange and her travelling menagerie!

This popular Regency entertainment has been re-imagined by the artists of the Strange Train, who bring for your curiosity and delight this most exceptional menagerie of wild beasts!

'And recently shipped from Botany bay are three stupendous Cassowary birds who walk and run about in pleasing attitude'

'And behold the dancing bear! As tame and good humoured as he is beautiful.'

'And the most tremendous public experience of animal magnetism yet, is the pleasure of taking tea with the beasts'

Observe the Magnificent Menagerie of Mrs Strange! in its fullest and most pleasing glory in the gardens of the finest house in all England!

Saturday 9th September and Sunday 1st October 2017.

Lyme Hall, Lyme Park, Stockport. SK12 2NR.

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Tyrrell
Roots!

Didsbury Arts Festival 2017.

'Roots'. Hmm.

Didsbury: Dad's work at the Polytechnic, swimming, conkers, warm beer, river walks, mud pies, ballet class, orchids, the 42 bus, American Ice Cream.

American Ice Cream....American Ice Cream....American Ice Cream.....

I spoke to my dad.

Do you remember the 'American ice Cream' store in Didsbury? No. You must remember. We used to go after swimming. No. I don't remember. But you must remember, Kate used to always have licorice ice cream, it made her tongue black. No. I don't remember. I'm sorry. You seriously don't remember? No, but have you seen the old Polytechnic campus? You know they've turned my old office into expensive flats? Yes.

I spoke to my big sister.

Do you remember the 'American ice Cream' store in Didsbury? Yes! I used to have licorice ice cream, and it made my tongue black! I'm so glad you remember! Dad doesn't remember. I began to think I'd imagined it. Anyway I'm thinking of making a show about it. You should. It would be a great show....

So, now I am making a show about it.

The show is called Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store. And now you know why.

Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store appears at a secret outdoor location in Didsbury on 1st and 2nd July 2017.  The show has been commissioned by Didsbury Arts Festival.

 

Sophie Tyrrell
Incredibly Good Day!

Welcome to the Engine Room and a sneaky peak behind the scenes!

Today was a big day for our latest creation 'The Incredible Spiderwoman!'. It was fantastic to see the brilliantly comic Natalya Penfold inhabit this costume for the first time.

It isn't until the costume is lifted off the stand and placed on the performer's back that the idea comes to life! Today we saw a glimpse of where this character is going. Audiences are in for a treat!

And of course there is much work to do on the costume before we can proudly say it's finished.

'The Incredible Spiderwoman!' makes her debut at an event in Longsight on July 1st. Details to follow.

Sophie Tyrrell
Save the Day! Manchester Day 2017

Excited to announce that The Strange Train Company are once again working The Circus House Manchester CIC to create a splendid entertainment for Manchester Day 2017! Sunday 18th June!

Directed by Owen Gaynor of Circus House the work will celebrate the groups acrobatic skills in a site specific performance in Cathedral gardens.

Watch this space for updates on the groups progress!

The Circus House at Manchester Day 2014.

The Circus House at Manchester Day 2014.

Sophie Tyrrell
Spectacles!
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I am in the engine room thinking about the word 'Spectacle'. There are a number of reasons for this.

1. This week I had to reach for a pair of random reading glasses while sewing at the machine. I do not wear glasses, having always enjoyed 'long sight'. I can no longer see the eye of the needle clearly enough to thread it. The spectacles helped.

2. A reminder from the optician that my eye test is overdue has today dropped through the post box. Timely. Will I now need spectacles of my own?

3. Last night I went to the Lowry to enjoy a Spectacle! It was a French theatre show. In French Spectacle = show. It was also a show of brilliant visuals and hilarious clowning. Spectacle.

4. I have 3 Strange Train projects on the go. My aim for each of them is that they should be Spectacles! With so much admin. for each show, I am worried I may lose sight of this....

 

 

 

 

Sophie Tyrrell
The Strange Train is ready for departure...

On a sunny Manchester Day way way back in 2012, having triumphantly steered our Great Elephant of Technological Advancement and a motley assortment of parents and kids dressed as equally unruly circus performers through the streets of central Manchester, I felt that unusual surge of excitement that you get when you wake from a great dream, and know when you next fall asleep you can return, and do it all again. 

Whilst to others it may have looked like I was enjoying a busman's holiday, the first jaunt into street theatre, puppetry and performance has continued to grow like a magic bean. And now after many collaborations and playful encounters, I haven't got a beanstalk, but I seem to be steering a strange train. 

With a couple of exciting commissions confirmed for 2017, this blog post will soon be followed by others from the Engine Room, where we are already busy dreaming, scheming, planning, making...

Meanwhile, The Strange Train extends its thanks to all the people who have helped on the journey so far. From the generosity of professionals to the willingness of friends, family, community groups, and audiences, to dress up and join in! Thank you all!

Toot! Toot!

Neil Jacob