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Drama group on right track with thriller

PUBLISHED: 15:43 23 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

SHADY goings on in Kesgrave this week will give rise to rumours of a haunting.

Amateur dramatic group, The Masque Players will be sending a shiver up the spine with their production of The Ghost Train.

SHADY goings on in Kesgrave this week will give rise to rumours of a haunting.

Amateur dramatic group, The Masque Players will be sending a shiver up the spine with their production of The Ghost Train.

The play by Arnold Ridley sends the 13-strong cast back in the 1920's in Cornwall when the train they are waiting for fails to turn up.

Strangely the stationmaster and other characters are desperate to get rid of leading man John Ely and his friends and spooky tales of a haunted station begin to flow.

Plenty of clever lighting and sound effects all add to the spine-tingling atmosphere of the play, which is on at the Kesgrave Community Centre this week.

However, they are a far cry from the old style sound effects such as a thunder sheet, a cylinder of compressed air and a garden roller that were once used to create the sound of the ghost train.

The play has been performed several times for TV and film since it was first staged in 1925.

This is the first time in 23 years that The Masque Players have produced the play and the cast is hopeful that once again the audience will be kept in suspense throughout the thriller.

Michael Hedington, who plays the stationmaster said: "It is quite scary and in one part you could really be convinced that ghosts exist.

"But it is a family play and I have sold tickets to youngsters quite happily."

The play is running until tomorrow with a performance at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £5 or £4 for concessions.

For more information contact Michael Hedington on 01473 328573.

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