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The Railway Children – Information for Schools

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Schools performances – please note these performances cannot be booked online.  For more information or to make a reservation please email the Box Office team. Recommended minimum age is 5+

  • Monday 9th
  • Tuesday 10th
  • Thursday 12th
  • Monday 16th &
  • Tuesday 17th December - all starting at 10.30 am

Relaxed performance – Monday 30th December at 11 am. Small adjustments will be made to this performance to make it more accessible.  The house lights will be left on a half strength so that the theatre doesn’t ever go completely dark. Some loud noises, flashing lights and pyrotechnics may be left out of the show and a British Sign Language interpreter will be stood at the front of the stage for the whole show translating for those who use sign language.

Cost: £12 per student, with complementary ticket for 1 Teacher per 10 students. Schools can reserve seats and we will invoice you for the total.

The estimated running time of the show is 2 hours 30 minutes, including an interval.  Please think about interval snacks and drinks before your visit. We can arrange packs of drinks or ice creams for your class in advance - just call the box office to place an order 01823 283244.

Risk Assessment: Please click here to download our General Risk Assessment for Schools visiting a performance.

Coach Drop Off Point: This will be confirmed later in the year.

Accessibility: The Brewhouse runs a Hearing Loop system in the Main Auditorium. The theatre has wheelchair access to all of its public areas including the main auditorium, studio theatre and creative hub. There are three wheelchair spaces in our main auditorium, accessed from the ground floor, with carers' seats directly behind. Please see our Seating Plan for more information. We would be grateful if you would confirm any accessibility requirements at the time of booking.


This page contains all the information and resources your school will need to support your visit to see The Railway Children at The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre this Christmas.

This resource has been designed to provide you with additional creative and cross-curricular ideas to enhance your teaching. It is put together with teachers in mind and we hope it will inspire your lessons in the lead up to watching.

These notes contain 5 sections:

1. Before the show: With notes about the themes in the book and musical, a scene break down, introductions to the cast and creative team.

2. Christmas art project: information about our Christmas card art installation and how you can get involved.

3. Workshops you can book: arrange a visit from our Assistant Director or visit West Somerset Railway.

4. Watching the show: Questions to help students consider all the elements of production whilst watching the show. Hopefully helping to maximise their understanding and enjoyment.

5. After the show: Suggestions for reviewing the show, developing your group’s critical appreciation skills.


We hope you enjoy your visit. Please stay in touch to find out about future opportunities for schools at The Brewhouse.

Dion Saunders, Take Part Manager at The Brewhouse

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For schools who book 20+ tickets to see the show we can offer a free in-school workshop with Penelope Simons, Movement and Assistant Director, at your school. Sessions are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis.

Available dates and times: A 1 hour session can be booked on 11 or 12 November between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm.

For how many children: 35 children plus teachers / adult supporters, ages 5+

What will happen in the workshop: The workshop will give your students the chance to explore the characters and themes in The Railway Children through drama games and physical theatre skills. Penelope will teach some of the choreography from the show, adapted to suit the age of your class. The workshop will finish with an opportunity to lead a Q&A with Penelope to expand their knowledge of staging a show, who it involves and what everyone’s role is within the creative team and the cast. Prior knowledge of the book or musical is not required by students.

What to wear: Please ask pupils to wear comfortable clothes suitable for dancing, PE kits and trainers would be perfect.

Penelope Simons

About the workshop leader: Penelope Simons is a performer in Musical Theatre, having trained at the MTA in Seven Sisters. Since graduating, Penelope has accomplished credits in both choreography, musical theatre and short films with shows receiving 5 star reviews. She is working on The Railway Children as Movement and Assistant Director and is experienced at working with groups of children and young people in and out of school. The Brewhouse hold a current DBS check for Penelope and have checked relevant references.

To book: Please click the button below to download the booking form and then send to .


Travel back in time with us for an Edwardian Railway experience! 

To celebrate the production of The Railway Children at The Brewhouse, the West Somerset Railway (WSR) has prepared an Edwardian-themed schools package available from 1st October - 2nd November 2019.

Come in costume and join the WSR for an Edwardian experience day on the railway. They are inviting schools to take part in one of their Railway Children themed learning events.

On offer is a variety of learning options, including teacher-led learning sessions and self-guided museum visits, along with a range of travel options so you can complete the experience by travelling Edwardian style one of their historic trains.

Cost: School learning sessions cost £45 for a class of up to 32 children and last approximately one hour. Further information on school visits and how to book can be found by visiting the learning pages of their website at

Please note: bookings for workshops at WSR are to be made direct through them.


Julian Woolford

Meet the original creators of The Railway Children musical, Julian Woolford and Richard John.  They are available to travel to Somerset on 18 November to work with one lucky school. The workshop costs £800 and can be booked via by 30 September 2019.

Julian Woolford is a British theatre director, playwright and lyricist, based in the UK and working internationally.  Julian's work has been seen in the West End, off-Broadway, in Germany, Australia, Poland, Holland and Austria. He has directed many British national tours and productions in regional theatres.

His plays and musicals have been produced in many theatres in the UK, the USA, New Zealand and Bermuda.   He is currently the Head of Postgraduate Musical Theatre at GSA (Guildford School of Acting at University of Surrey).

Richard John’s credits include Musical direction of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (associate conductor - Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Sinatra (London Palladium); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre); Dirty Dancing (Piccadilly Theatre); Legally Blonde (associate MD - Savoy Theatre).  Theatrical compositions include: The Centre, The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor (published by the Australian Script Centre); Old Mother Hubbard (published by Black Swan Press); The Wind in the Willows (published by the Australian Script Centre).  Richard continued his association with Legally Blonde as Music Supervisor for the UK National tour and productions in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Vienna, and was appointed Music Supervisor for the UK National Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Richard is currently a conductor of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

The details of your workshop (times and content) will be arranged with Julian and Richard via The Brewhouse once you have booked the session.  The workshop will happen at your school.


Join in and help us create an Edwardian Christmas card display and exhibition in our gallery, comprising hundreds of hand made, printed and designed cards, made by the local community. Many groups of children, young people and adults will be busy making these during the Autumn and all creations will be delivered to The Brewhouse in late November for us to display.

We hope this will be an exciting project and topic for your group with themes that can be explored with all ages - printing, history, colours, construction and links to artists. There are lots of tips and suggestions in the Notes download above.

We are also planning other activities for our community exhibition, if you would like to register your interest for additional exhibition projects, please email

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