Young stars pull into town in dark comedy

Megan Spencer in Stop The Train
Megan Spencer in Stop The Train
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Two young Blackpool performers are getting their professional big break in a touring musical which comes to the Fylde tomorrow.

Blackpool-born Jack Bradley and Megan Spencer from Lancashire trained at Blackpool School Of Creative Arts.

They head the cast of Stop The Train at Lowther Pavilion tomorrow night.

The new musical has been written by Lancashire musicians Rick Guard and Phil Rice, and features a video cameo from former St Annes resident, astrologer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Russell Grant.

Stop The Train premiered in Clitheroe last year, and its development has been the subject of long-term TV documentary by BAFTA filmmaker Chris Swann.

Rick said: “After training in Blackpool and having performed in amateur dramatics groups around Lytham and Blackpool, Jack and Megan are now professional performers and playing the leads in Stop The Train.

“I cast them for the role, and though it’s their first major professional roles, I think they have a great career ahead of them - real stars of the future.”

Rick said the show had won theatre and performance industry support, from the likes of Lancashire-based HSL Holdings - which has worked on shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Dancing On Ice, as well as attracting Tony Award-winning and West End lighting director Nick Richings to join the team.

He described Stop The Train as a ‘deliciously new, life affirming and uplifting dark comedy, wrapped in a twisting love story’ which follows a group of workers on a busy commuter train - the unusual behaviour of one mysterious passenger, ‘awakens their dreams and ambitions’.

Jack said playing the lothario lead Tom Stone had ‘come quite easily’ and was looking forward to a return to Lowther after playing Aladdin in panto there last Christmas.

Megan said: “In terms of a musical that’s heading for the West End, this is my first big job. Rick has a two-year plan and it’s really exciting to have seen it grow and come into its own.”

* Stop The Train, Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, tomorrow, 7.30pm. Call 01253 794221 to book tickets, £16 for adults, £14 children and concessions.