REVIEW: he Railway Children, Botanical Gardens

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THEY work hard for their corn do the actors of Heartbreak Productions.

And in the second of their three offerings in this manicured Sheffield refuge a resourceful group of five had us transported to the village of Three Chimneys for a canny, touching but ultimately fun take on E Nesbit’s family favourite.

Hang on… surely that involves trains and landslides? Cue the Heartbreak speciality; making even us big kids believe in so much more than the economical props and casting initially promises in a space usually occupied by squirrels this time of the evening.

Edwardian England and Bobbie (Stacey Devonport), Phyllis (Rowena Lennon) and Peter (a hilarious Steven Rostance) find adventure in the Yorkshire countryside, preventing a train crash, taking in a mysterious Russian and trying to figure out the fate of their absent father.

With the superb Andrew Cullum and Jenny May Morgan taking on numerous parts – from dad and station porter Perks to mum and Mrs Perks - and ‘the kids’ nicking the odd strawberry from an audience never far from the action, this was yet another winning al fresco production on a night when the sky and invasive sirens cruising Ecclesall Road were kind to all.

Next up, Noel Coward’s Private Lives from Thursday.