Award winning play staged at Stockport station

Stockport Play
Credit: Virgin Trains

At Stockport Station, a Virgin Trains employee is to perform an award-winning play as part of Greater Manchester Fringe.

Geoff Baker, Customer Service Assistant for Virgin Trains at Manchester Piccadilly, will be taking to the stage for two nights.

This is where he will bring The Suitcase, The Beggar and The Wind, which is a play he produced with the independent theatre company, Gare du Nord Theatre, back to Stockport.

Debuting two years ago at Manchester Fringe 2017, it won the award for most innovative use of space.

The play is about dreams and love (and suitcases!) that will transport you back to the golden age of the railways.

Geoff will reprise his role for this year’s production as it returns to Stockport with new characters, performed by members of the Gare Du Nord Theatre Group.

The play is to be performed in a spare space on Platform 3 at Stockport station, which is currently the venue for the Marvellous Days Out Exhibition which is a display of heritage-inspired railway posters designed to encourage people to take the train for days out.

The two performances of The Suitcase, The Beggar and The Wind at Stockport station will be taking place on Thursday 11July at 8.30pm and Friday 12 July at 7.30pm.

What did the officials have to say?

Speaking ahead of the performances, Geoff, said:

“I’m looking forward to performing my production at Stockport station in the same unique space it was debuted during the Manchester Fringe in 2017. The play received a great response and was commended for its use of space, and I’m confident that with the introduction of some new characters it will be just as popular this time round.”

Karen Grimshaw, Virgin Trains Station Manager at Stockport, said:

“We’re really proud to be supporting our colleague, Geoff, as he returns to Stockport with his award-winning production for Greater Manchester Fringe. We always strive to open up our stations and spaces to local communities and using this empty space at Stockport to stage a play among the sights and sounds of a living, breathing railway station is a really unique opportunity and compliments Geoff’s production perfectly.”

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Emma Holden avatar
I have been around trains at heritage railways all my life. In particular, the narrow gauge trains in Wales, and spent many Duncan days at the Talyllyn Railway when I was younger. I have been a volunteer author for RailAdvent since 2019