Led by the professional cast of the company with 14-year-old CAT student Emily May as the star of the show, 13 dance leaders joined the company and over 300 participants form the local areas. The work took two years in the planning and had a lead in time of six months of training for the dance leaders.
“Steam trains have always been a big part of my family life so it’s very exciting for me to be creating a unique dance around the Severn Valley Railway. It is an ambitious but easily accessible project, which everyone can get involved in some way. The work is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and it’s going to be fun as well as an opportunity to do something completely different. It’s got national as well as regional appeal, from train enthusiasts to people who have maybe never visited the railway or seen a steam train up close before.”