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  • In Fog And Falling Snow

Event Details

Fri 26 Jun - Sat 11 Jul

Time: 7.30pm

Running Time: 3 hours including interval

Venue: The Signal Box Theatre @ National Railway Museum

Ticket Information: £22 - £16, concessions available

Booking Fee: £1 transaction fee per booking

Warning: Please use the City Entrance at the NRM

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Credits

Producer: York Theatre Royal, National Railway Museum and Pilot Theatre

Writer: Bridget Foreman and Mike Kenny

Directed by: Damian Cruden, Juliet Forster and Katie Posner

Production Designer: Foxton

In Fog And Falling Snow

Take a look behind the scenes of In Fog and Falling Snow:

"...another hugely ambitious site-specific project that takes York Theatre Royal and assorted partners beyond St Leonard's Place." The Press. Read the full review here.

"I almost wish that York Theatre Royal could reside in the National Railway Museum for much longer than it will, so to bring us more masterpieces like this one." Unknown Magazine. Read the full review here.

"If you don't already have tickets...get on the phone right now!" York Mix. Read the full review here.

"...every worker plays his or her part with conviction and power." British Theatre Guide.  Read the full review here.

Mid 1840s. York. The British nation sets a course to dominate the world, driven by the sweat of the people and the power of steam.

Dragon-like, the hot engine forces steam through valves and pistons. The train races into the night, whilst snow falls thick and fast over the moors. The passengers are thrilled to experience speed for the first time in their lives.  The driver strains to see into the thick night, and no one knows what horrors the future holds.

As George Hudson sets forth on his journey to build the great East Coast rail network at any cost, the people who build it, along with investors and passengers are caught up in the reckless extravagance of his great adventure.  The cost is high for all involved.  As they place their bets on the future and the wheel of fortune rolls from the station towards the dark night, only the driver’s daughter sees the danger ahead.

Told by a cast of over 200, audiences will move through the National Railway Museum’s collections and end up in a new purpose built theatre.  Experience an amazing story brought vividly to life by the people of York.

Our dedicated team of volunteer photographers are busy capturing images of the whole Fog process, from auditions through to the final performances.  You can see their work on our Flickr page here.

Click on the tab below to read our blog.

News & Reviews

In Fog and Falling Snow Raffle Prize List - So far!

Attractions

Private tour for 5 friends around the National Railway Museum with Head Curator Andrew McLean
Family Annual Pass to Eureka!
£25 voucher for Harmony House Cookery School
Family ticket for York Boat ride
Family Pass for Yorkshire Air Museum
Family Pass for Eden Camp
Two complimentary tickets for York Walk

Hospitality

Half Spa Day for two people at Middlethorpe Hall Hotel & Spa
3 Course Luncheon with Wine for two at Middlethorpe Hall Hotel & Spa
A 6 course tasting menu for two at Norse in Harrogate
£60 voucher for Piccolino York

Theatre and Arts

A box for up to four people for the Panto
An afternoon at the Railway Children Technical Rehearsal with a chance to meet the actors and director.
Opportunity to be an extra and ride in the train in the last scene of the Railway Children x 2
Two tickets to the Railway Children.
Two tickets to the opening night of Pilot Theatre’s Outsiders
A year’s subscription to Aesthetica Magazine
Hard hat tour of the capital redevelopment for 4 people.
Signed photograph of Berwick Kaler

Health and Beauty

1 month family gym pass for Roko Gym
Beginner’s dance lesson for two people at Enceuntro Latino
Family passes for Yearsley Swimming Pool

If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact fundraising@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Please note that raffle tickets cannot be bought or sold by anyone under the age of 18.

This week, Will went along to a rehearsal in the De Grey Rooms Ballroom, here is his blog:


Photo by Chris Mackins

We’re onto rehearsals for Act 2 now, which will be taking place in the Signal Box Theatre, a superstructure outside the National Railway Museum. Many industrious stagehands are still crossing the Ts on the Signal Box, however, so on a warm evening this week I find myself in the De Grey Ballrooms watching a hundred-odd cast members performing. 

We were greater in number in last week’s full company rehearsal – but we were also in the unimaginably vast halls of the NRM, which can accommodate many thousands of visitors every day. Packed into the De Grey room, everything becomes a lot more intimate – you have to tap a lot of shoulders to get from one side of the room to another. I started to understand how the tonal shift from the first to second acts of In Fog and Falling Snow might feel.

Focused in one space as we were, I now had a chance to see the three directors, Damian, Juliet and Katie, in action. You might have an idea in your head about how a rehearsal managed by three strong-willed individuals, each with their own set of experiences and objectives, might look – I certainly did! But I was happy to be proved very wrong. These three – who haven’t ever operated as a trio before, from what I gather – worked seamlessly together. 

They observe throughout from the side of the temporary stage, created by two ropes on the ground in the middle of the room, until one spots a weak point in the performance – then they descend, each onto a different actor or group, with all the efficiency and grace of a Formula 1 pit stop crew. 


Photo by Will Haydon

Metaphorical spanners in hand, they offer up their notes. Damian, who’s YTR Artistic Director, says to Rosy, playing Mrs Hudson: “Try approaching George a bit earlier.” Katie, Associate Director of Pilot Theatre, to John, playing Mrs Hudson’s brother Nicholson: “Take the drink when it’s offered – otherwise it’s a bit awkward.” Juliet, YTR Associate Director, walks through some lines with the actor playing Stephenson. Then Damian turns and addresses the crowd of support actors, here playing rowdy dinner guests, and says: “Now when you all come back in, you’re a bit worse for wear – not paralytic, mind!”. The directors then withdraw, and rehearsal resumes.

And this all happens in under a minute! 

These guys know their destination – the tent and halls of the National Railway Museum; they know their arrival time – Friday 26 June, 7.30pm; and they know who their passengers are – York’s finest acting talent and an eagerly awaiting audience. And they know exactly how to get there.

Promotions volunteer Will attended a full cast rehearsal at the NRM on 1st June, here is his blog post:

On Monday the entire cast of In Fog and Falling Snow – hundreds and hundreds of volunteers from the York community – met for the first time for a three-hour rehearsal at the National Railway Museum. When I got there, quarter of an hour in, everyone was starting to crowd round to hear the opening instructions. I stayed out of sight at the back, hoping no one would spot that I was a phoney, and watched the evening play out.

It’s impossible to do justice to the atmosphere. It should’ve been chaos! Hundreds and hundreds of volunteers, most of them actors but also some stage managers, technicians, caterers, and so on – all of them with a different set of tasks to carry out in a different set of scene locations around the massive Great Hall and Station Hall, separated by a wet and windy outdoor corridor which no one wanted to go through (though which fingers crossed will be warm and windless come July).

But somehow it all ran like clockwork. Volunteers chatted merrily, clearly all good pals or fast on their way to becoming so: but they were also the picture of attentiveness when their directors were doling out instructions and suggestions.

An all-encompassing feeling of community and York-ness endured. In the crowds I recognised not just actors from previous community plays but also a guy who lived on my street, people I’d seen at the gym, and someone I’d shared a uni seminar with years ago. And all of them seemed bursting with creative energy. I came across two teenagers by the cafe rehearsing one of the ‘journeys’, mini-scenes that take place while audiences move between the bigger parts of the play.

Even though the volunteers and organisers were occupied with far more important things, they were all more than happy to chat to me, a bit of a newcomer to In Fog, about their roles in the production. Smuggling myself into one group of volunteers, I spoke to Martin, a good-humoured chap and a ‘second-class’ actor. That’s not a slight on his acting chops, just how the actors are categorised into different playing spaces – first-, second- and third-class. Later I met Mike, one of the writers of In Fog and Falling Snow, who hopes he’s finished with the play’s final draft, he says, but is staying close to the action in case he’s needed. Mike told me that his early plans for the play – unfortunately now scrapped – included lowering actors down on wires from the colossally high Great Hall ceiling, a bit like Katy Perry at the Superbowl. (He didn’t say that last bit.)

I met Damian, Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, during the beehive of noisy bustle at the tea-break; looking around, he said wryly: “the grey cells have gone from my brain”. At the tea station I met Joe, who’d been flirting with the tea ladies so, I think, he could get more biscuits. He’s just been accepted to drama school in London later this year, but for now he’s putting together the Signal Box Tent outside, where actors – including Joe – will be performing the second half of In Fog.

 


Photo credit: Dan Cashdan

I met many more people over the course of the evening, characters all. The one character I didn’t meet was George Hudson, played by YTR veteran George Costigan – he had hordes of captivated volunteers and photographers around him as he rehearsed (see the pic above) and was collared by a visiting journo afterwards. Maybe next time!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

The Station Hall Cafe at the National Railway Museum will be open from 10am - 7pm on performance days, serving a selection of sandwiches and bakery items with hot and cold drinks.  The Mallard Cafe will close as usual at 5pm.

Interval drinks will be served at the bar in the Signal Box Theatre and can be pre-ordered at the on-site Box Office.

Dining opening times vary. Please check in advance of your visit.