What our community are saying...

“You can’t help feeling that 60 Miles by Road or Rail is so good it deserves to evolve a bit more and be seen a lot more. Who knows what may be possible. It turns out 60 Miles by Road or Rail is an incredible journey.”
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Audience Responses

“The story was so well told and this needs to be shown again and again. With all the hype of Kinky Boots, you guys did a fabulous job to add to the buzz of the theatre last night. This was an absolutely beautiful story about our lovely town at the Derngate last night. Please keep up the good work of making our town proud. Very well told in an entertaining way pulling at the heartstrings of local people. Hope the play will be repeated so more people can enjoy it.”

“Congratulations to everyone involved in this excellent play. Very well done, in every respect. We enjoyed it very much and wish it could have more performances to reach more people – but delighted to be part of a full house in the lovely Royal Theatre.”

“I watched and enjoyed the performance of ’60 Miles’ last Friday. I don’t want to write a theatre review (although I probably could) but am more interested at the moment in the afterlife/legacy/next phase of the project and especially the processes it has used. The performance focused several hundred folk to think and reflect on their sense of place and relationship with their locale – which means the project has probably achieved what it set out, originally, to do. But I wonder what happens next? Of course people will work through community and faith groups, political parties and voluntary and commercial organisations to make the town better in modest and local ways – but I’d like to encourage discussion about if/how there is a way that the buzz that has started can be nurtured further and amplified. It would be a real shame (yet typically Northampton) if we were not to use the creativity of those who made ’60 Miles’ to build something more.”

“60 Miles by Road or Rail’ is a really brilliant play. Thought provoking, emotional, humorous and thoroughly entertaining. It is social history theatre at its best as it contemplates how an expanding town like Northampton changed dramatically over 50 years and the impact this change had on its people – both the bewildered indigenous Northamptonians and the new arrivals from London enticed by space, countryside and new housing. It was brilliantly written, produced, directed and acted and made my wife and I (both who came from the North to Northampton many years ago, left and came back) think and appreciate this eccentric old town, much abused by developers, town planners and politicians, just a little bit more than we ever have done. Bravo to all concerned, it was one of the best theatrical experiences I’ve had in a long time and it deserves a wider audience”

“Absolutely loved it. It was so nostalgic and relevant to any Northamptononian. You also managed to cover so many current issues whilst telling a story most people don’t know. I definitely had a little cry at the end. It was my partner’s first time in a theatre!”

“Absolutely loved your production. The story was so well told by all the cast. Congratulations. Kindest Regards to all for a most enjoyable evening.”

“Just home after watching 60 miles by Road or Rail and would like to congratulate you and the cast for a fabulous production. It was funny, interesting, poignant and touching. Also hearing my stories of my uncles dog in the water filled hole and a reference to whistling Walt made it very personal.”

“The play was a success audience loved it. It had everything and should be shown round the country congratulations well done.”

Coming soon

The Anthology will be provided to libraries, schools and community groups throughout the county. If you are interested in obtaining a free copy please email us at hello@60milesbyroadorrail.co.uk

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