THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN REVIEW

THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW – UNTIL SATURDAY 20TH APRIL

REVIEWED BY SIOBHAN WILSON

4****

The manipulation and investigation capture the audience with its plot twists and turns. There is a murder that the police investigate, and a functioning alcoholic manages to embroider herself throughout the investigation with all the people who were part of the murder victim’s life. She manages to get all those involved to speak to her and give her snippets of information which allows her to direct the police to try and solve the murder of a lady who she sees daily through the train window while she is stopped at the signals.

Samantha Womack as functioning alcoholic Rachel Watson is flawless, her ability to switch between drunk sober and hungover so effortlessly is commendable. She lends her self well to the manipulation without giving away much of what is coming and leads the thrills where they are supposed to be.

Adam Jackson Smith as Tom Watson is a great casting. He smoothly changes personalities as though it was someone different playing each personality.

John Dougall as DI Gaskill one liners really add a facetious humour to an otherwise purely dark thriller. Delivered impeccably to take a begrudging liking to the Detective Inspector.

The costume design was really effective with special reference to Megan’s dress (the murder victim) changing subtly from red to black the deader she got.

The staging and lighting ran extremely smoothly and artistically done to really make you feel like you in the audience are on the train or platform.

If you like crime dramas then this is the one for you. I would happily go and see this again, especially with this talented cast.

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