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Girl on the Train Theatre Review

I'm full of thoughts after watching Girl on the Train at The Curve, Leicester. The show finished an hour ago (as I am writing this) and I must say, I was looking forward to watching it. I've not read the book or watched the film, I wanted to go into this experience completely blind. Those who have been to see the play with some knowledge of the storyline described the show as having "as much personality and thrill as a pre-recorded announcement at Waterloo station".

Hesitant to go and see it after the multiple reviews that I read, I went in with a fresh mind. After all, I'm not one to listen to reviews.

The play began and it was a painfully slow start, dragged on by a speechless performance from Samantha Womack who played Rachel Watson. The introduction of Rachel's ex-husband, Tom Watson (played by Adam Jacskson Smith), put everything into motion.

Photo credits: Manuel Harlan
All of the characters, I felt put on a good performance. However, Samantha Womack's skills were disappointing to begin with. She lacked expression and passion for her character in the first half of the production, despite acting as if she was drunk. In the second Act, she began to feel something, it seemed, and played a much more convincing character who was deeply involved with the murder of Megan (played by Kirsty Oswald).

I've been told that the book is brilliant and the film is crap - reading the book is the next part of my journey to understanding and enjoying this story. Although, the script in the theatre production wasn't amazing. The play lacked something, I came out feeling disappointed and throughout; disconnected. I don't feel like there was much suspense at all, in fact, I could tell you who had killed Megan within the first 20 minutes, it wasn't hard.

One very commendable thing was the set design and the lighting. It was imaginative, well carried out and overall, exceptional. It sent the scene and was fascinating to watch. I think that the lighting created the most suspense throughout the whole performance. The set, lighting and stage directions made everything smooth and aesthetic to watch.

Photo credits: Manuel Harlan
All in all, from someone who didn't know the storyline and has never watched a thriller at the theatre before, this was an underwhelming show. I've seen three theatre productions in the past week: American Idiot, a school production of Beauty and The Beast and this show. Girl on the Train is the worst I've watched out of the three.

I wish I had better things to say about this, I really do. I've had this post planned for a while and wanted to publish it no matter what the outcome.

Have you been to see Girl on the Train at the theatre? What were your thoughts?

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