A full-scale replica of a Metro prototype, carriage 4001 has been created sporting the iconic 1980s yellow livery and is wowing audiences attending the popular play ‘Gerry and Sewell' at Newcastle's Live Theatre.
The mock-up which features the renowned Metro Logo and station cube, plays centre stage in the play, which is about two lads from Gateshead who are desperate to see a Newcastle United match at the home ground.
The story of ‘Gerry and Sewell' first appeared in the book ‘The Season Ticket' by Jonathan Tulloch and then again in the film Purely Belter and tells of two lads from the wrong side of the Metro tracks who will take literally any measures to bag passes to St. James's Park and has become iconic culturally for the North-East region.
The play takes place at the end of Mike Ashley's turbulent time with The Toon, with the team managed by Steve Bruce. The play which is seeing rave reviews sees both the lads get up to an array of ropey schemes in order to get to the game, distracting them from their poverty-driven existence where addiction, abuse, illness, violence and prison are rife.
The play can be seen at the Live Theatre in Newcastle until Saturday the 18th of November!
Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus said:
“It's fantastic to see the iconic yellow Metro train providing the backdrop at Live Theatre Newcastle for this latest stage production.”
“Metro is such a famous and well-known local brand, which is part of everyday life in North East England. The life-sized Metro carriage looks great on the stage. The set designers, and the team that built it, have done an outstanding job.”
“We were thrilled when we saw that our train had been brought to life in the play, along with our familiar logo and iconic Metro station cube. It seems to be going down really well with the audiences just as much as the play itself.”