• Joyce Falconer in The Great Train Race, 2013 (c) Lesley Black
  • Iain Robertson and Grant O'Rourke in The Great Train Race, 2013 (c) Lesley Black
  • Grant O'Rourke in The Great Train Race, 2013 (c) Lesley Black
  • Joyce Falconer in The Great Train Race, 2013 (c) Lesley Black
  • Grant O'Rourke and Iain Robertson in The Great Train Race, 2013 (c) Lesley Black
  • Iain Robertson and Grant O'Rourke in The Great Train Race, 2013 (c) Lesley Black

“★★★★ – very clever direction”
– Brian Beacorn, The Herald

“★★★★ – …Rob Jones’ fine, witty production…”
– Joyce McMillian, The Scotsman

“★★★★★ – …shot through with an energy and exuberance that makes for an utterly joyous, escapist afternoon at the theatre.”
– Lauren Humphreys, The Public Reviews

The Great Train Race was my first full-fledged professional production, created for A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the Oran Mor in Glasgow. The play, also a debut for former Times theatre critic Robert Dawson-Scott, toured to the Lemon Tree Theatre in Aberdeen and featured Joyce Falconer, Grant O’Rourke and Iain Robertson.

Exuberantly dramatising the story of the vigorous competition between Scotland’s two great railway companies after the construction of the Forth Bridge in 1895, the play was warmly received by critics in both The Herald and The Scotsman.

All photography is © 2013 Lesley Black