Famous writers inspire tale of love and war

Pictured is Chris McKenzie and Amy Manwaring. Last Train to Nibroc is being performed by Titchfield Festival Theatre from November 23 until December 3.

Pictured is Chris McKenzie and Amy Manwaring. Last Train to Nibroc is being performed by Titchfield Festival Theatre from November 23 until December 3.

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America is on the brink of the Second World War, and on a train heading for Chicago from California a young man in uniform, Raleigh, meets a missionary girl, May, who wants to become a teacher.

Think smooth one-liners, switching meeting points, and famous American writers; especially when the bodies of Nathaniel West and F Scott Fitzgerald are also on the train.

Titchfield Festival Theatre is putting on Arlene Hutton’s play, Last Train To Nibroc, from November 23 until December 3.

The story follows the couple for three years, with Raleigh having been discharged from the Air Force on medical grounds, and inspired by the dead writers is heading for the big apple to become one.

We meet the pair again 18 months later at the Nibroc Festival; May has become a teacher and is dating an preacher. Raleigh has been working in a factory in Detroit to support his family.

The couple are still arguing when we meet them for a third time on the porch of May’s house as they watch a timber yard burn.

Tickets cost £7 to £9 from Titchfield Festival Theatre on (01329) 556156 or go to titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

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