Play steaming into villages near Rugby

Fiona Organ in The Last Station Keeper
Fiona Organ in The Last Station Keeper

Two villages near Rugby will host a play examining our “high-speed society” next week.

The Last Station Keeper, presented by theatre company Badapple, tells of the station house at Honeypot Holt which is under attack –and not just from the resident bees.

As the summer days drone on, the threat of closure creeps nearer and nearer as the new high speed rail link threatens the bumbling ways of the station master and the railway cottage that has stood at the centre of the village for as long as anyone can remember.

Thanks to Badapple’s resident writer Kate Bramley, it will be up to those watching to vote to save or sacrifice the old Station House.

Kate said: “Voting has been at the forefront of people’s minds this year, so no doubt some of the comedy will resonate.

“I came across an interesting article about a lady who is living like it’s the 1940s and has basically ripped out all the modern elements of her house to live a retro lifestyle. It started me thinking on what it means to renounce our high speed society.”

The production stars Fiona Organ. Original songs and music are written by Sony award-winning singer songwriter Jez Lowe, recently nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The play comes to Newton Village Hall on Thursday October 20 and Stretton on Dunsmore Village Hall on Saturday October 20. Both start at 7.30pm.Tickets cost £9.50 or £5 for under-16s. Call 01423 339168 or visit www.badappletheatre.com to book.