After a successful film and the based on the smash-hit novel, The Girl on the Train has been adapted into a gritty and consuming new stage production.
The show follows alcoholic and divorcee Rachel Watson, who gets involved in a disappearance case. Even though Rachel was fired from her job six months ago, she still makes the train commute to the city, which goes past her ex-husband’s house.
I was curious to see how they would adapt this story to stage, due to the multiple locations and obviously, the train scenes. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Antony Banks’ direction, James Cotterill’s stage design and Jack Knowles’ lighting design, using lighting and a mixture of representation and naturalism to tell the story.
Samantha Womack makes an outstanding Rachel. Despite the character nearly always being drunk, Womack finds moments when Rachel tries to hide it, as well as her humorous side too. The light and shade Womack’s performance stands her out from the rest of the cast and gains the audience trust as well as empathy.
When travelling on the train, Rachel stops outside the same house and sees the seemingly ‘perfect’ couple, whom she names Jess and Jason. It’s only when Jess, who is called Megan, goes missing that Rachel gets involved in the lost person case. Rachel becomes obsessed with the case and becomes friends with the missing woman’s husband Scott (Oliver Farnworth).
Tackling the tricky subjects of mental health, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and isolation, The Girl on the Train is so prevalent in today’s society and really resonates with the audience.
The Girl on the Train is as engrossing, and the story is told through some first-rate acting and creative visuals.
On at the Lowry Theatre until Saturday 6th of April, tickets and information can be found on their website.