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Hampshire’s railway history inspires duo of new plays

24 March 2015

It’s full steam ahead for Hampshire-based theatre company Forest Forge as they bring two brand new plays, together entitled Leaves on a Line and both inspired by Hampshire’s railway history, to The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre on Friday 28th March at 1.45pm & 7.30pm and Hayling Island’s Station Theatre on Saturday 29th March at 7.30pm.

Leaves on a Line is made up of two individual stories, of the young woman who abandons her baby on a deserted railway platform and of the older woman who finds it. The abandoned railway lines, heritage stations and derelict platforms of Hampshire’s railway history form the backdrop of these two new plays.

Leaves on a Linehas been written by Dinos Aristidou, who comments:

“Meeting and working with members of the community and hearing about their experiences of the railways, that form the backdrop of this piece, has been fascinating. Building their stories into the play as well as ideas from the letters that people have written about significant moments of waiting in their lives has also been inspirational. The railways provide a lot of material that works well theatrically because they mirror the arrivals and departures of our own lives and the moments of waiting and choice.”

Sophie Fullerlove, Director of The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, comments:

Leaves on a Line has been developed as part of The Spring’s ‘Beyond the Walls’ outreach programme with the specific aim of taking professional work out of our building and into the wider community. In tandem with The Spring’s other work in collating the stories of our local heritage, such as the Memories of the Hayling Billy project, we’re very excited to be present this wonderfully touching story and have it performed both at The Spring and at The Station Theatre in Hayling Island.’

Artistic Director of Forest Forge and Director of Leaves on a Line, Kirstie Davis, comments:

“This has been a fascinating journey into the history of the Hampshire Railways, which has inspired lots of beautiful and witty stories about those moments in a person’s life when everything could change. I last worked with Dinos on the delight that was Bloom  (Forest Forge play produced in 2012) and we have had such fun exploring this subject and meeting people who have then written us letters answering the question: What are you waiting for? Leaves on a Line is an emotional rollercoaster that will make you recognise those moments in your own life when tracks converge and in an instant everything you know could change forever.”

Leaves on a Line has been developed in collaboration between Forest Arts, Havant’s The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre and Andover’s The Lights.

Leaves on a Line is on at The Spring  Arts & Heritage Centre on Friday 28th March at 1.45pm & 7.30pm and Hayling Island’s Station Theatre on Saturday 29th March at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from The Spring's Box Office on 023 9247 2700 or online at www.thespring.co.uk