Magdalene Players News

Below you will find the latest news items from the Magdalene Players.

Cast announcement: The Railway Children

We are extremely proud and excited to announce the cast of The Railway Children as follows:


Becky  Lauder-fletcher


Paul Hickey


Lucy Comlay

District Superintendant

Paul Hickey


David Ashton


David Ashton


Stephen O’Connell


Jennifer Yorke

Mr Szezcpansky

Stephen O’Connell

Mrs Perks

Lucy Comlay

Mrs Viney

Lucy Comlay

Old Gentleman

Humphrey Waterhouse


Guy Johnson


Rob Scheele


Amy Faulkner

Other parts played by members of the cast

Can't wait to see them in action!
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Auditions for The Railway Children

Performance Dates: Thursday- Saturday 7th – 9th October 2021 7.30pm

Performance Venue: St Mary Magdalene Hall, Trinity Road, Wandsworth Common, SW17 7HP

Social read through: Monday 28th June 2021 at 7.30pm on Wandsworth Common (opposite the Hope Tavern, Bellevue Road.)

Auditions: Monday 5th July 2021 from 8pm (TIMED SLOTS)

For more details and to book your audition slot, contact Bernard Godwin (director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please download Audition pack for more details


Nesbit’s much-loved classic The Railway Children has delighted generations since its first publication in 1906, and Mike Kenny’s wonderfully faithful and imaginative adaptation has wowed audiences across the world, breaking box office records when performed at the National Railway Museum in York, and at Waterloo Station.

When Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis move to rural Yorkshire with their mother, following the imprisonment of their father, they leave their comfortable, safe existence to discover a world that is insecure and hard, but one that is filled with love, resilience and humanity. And always running through that world is the railway, in particular the 9.15 to London.

The Railway Children is a story of three children forced to face the anxieties and exhilarations of growing up in order to learn what really matters, a story of an Edwardian England on the brink of change, and, of course, a story of the Golden Age of Steam Railways.

By special arrangement with Nick Hern Books.


The Railway Children: Characters

Leading Roles

Bobbie                                    The oldest of the railway children, and the most sensible one.

Peter                                        A typical young boy who loves trains and is a little bit naughty.

Phyllis                                     Lovable girl.

Mother                                    Mother of the Railway Children. A Victorian gentlewoman, sensible and devoted.

Perks                                       Yorkshire railway porter who befriends the children.     

Old Gent                                 Benevolent, likable, old gentleman.

Supporting Roles (most will double/triple)

Mrs Perks                               Hardworking wife & mother 

Doctor                                     Local Medic

Father                                     Children’s father who is arrested early in the play

Mr Szezcpansky                     Destitute Russian émigré (speaks French)

Mrs Viney                              Local Yorkshire housekeeper

Jim                                          Young student

Cook                                       Domestic

Maid                                       Domestic

Butler                                      Domestic

Child                                       Child

Worker 1 & 2 

District Superintendent

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Compressed Classics

Unable to tread the boards in the last year, our very talented members David Ashton and Guy Johnson have turned their hand to writing and producing a compressed panto, as well as a series of compressed classics! We've been blown away by their ingenuity, hope you are too! Please see links below to enjoy their creations:

Compressed Classics: Dickens: 1. Oliver Twist - YouTube

Compressed Classics - Dickens 2: A Tale of Two Cities - YouTube

Compressed Classics: Dickens: 3. Great Expectations - YouTube

Compressed Classics: Dickens. 4. David Copperfield - YouTube

Compressed Classics: Dickens. 5. Bleak House - YouTube

Compressed Classics: Dickens. 6. A Christmas Carol - YouTube

The Compressed Panto - YouTube

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Advent Calendar

It's been a tough year. As a way to celebrate our wonderful members and our wider community, we want to share something festive every day on social media from 1st to 24th December.  To do this, we need your help!

It could be a short video of a reading, singing a song, telling a story or reciting a poem – all with a Christmas theme! We will not limit you to just the one idea if you feel especially festive.

If you would like to be a part of this please can you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Jane or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the form. Let us know if there is anything you would like to do, within reason. We will also have some suggestions if you are stuck for ideas.

Please ensure the videos are filmed in portrait!

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AGM update 2020

The New Normal
Along with other community organisations we have sadly had to postpone recent social gatherings. We love performing and meeting up with our friends, but the health and wellbeing of our members always comes first. Instead we have enjoyed some creative virtual socials, including monologue performances, a quiz and a murder mystery night (see pic above)!    

In light of ongoing uncertainty around coronavirus, the Magdalene Players' Committee has taken the decision not to hold the summer AGM this year, and our October production will now take place in 2021. The members of the committee will continue in their current roles for the coming year, but welcome interest from anyone who is keen to get involved in the committee.  

We don't know what the next year will hold, and whether we will be able to stage the shows we planned. We might have to change the way we meet and perform. But we definitely do NOT want to lose touch with you! We will keep you updated on what is happening with the Pantomime nearer the time.  

We will be planning more e-socials in the next few months, so keep watching social media and emails for updates. If you have ideas for socials, any suggestions on how we should run things, or even better if you would like to get involved in the committee, get in touch. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and social group, and are always on the lookout for new talent and new ideas. Hopefully we can meet up again soon; until then look after each other, and keep in touch!
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The Magdalene Players

The Magdalene Players are an Amateur Drama Group based in Wandsworth, London, England. We have been performing at the St Mary Magdalene Church Hall in London, SW17 7HP since 1980.

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