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The Permanent Way

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About this show

David Hare’s award-winning play roars to life in a provocative new site-specific staging performed in The Vaults, London’s alternative subterranean venue beneath Waterloo Station.

"What happened would simply not have happened under British Rail. It wouldn’t have happened. Not in the British Rail days."

Revelatory, witty, and moving, The Permanent Way is an astonishing interrogation of the chaos arising from the botched privatisation of Britain’s railways. Told through the first-hand accounts of those involved at every level, from passengers to Civil Service mandarins, this extraordinary verbatim piece asks challenging questions of responsibility and governmental mismanagement. Have we learned anything from recent history?

Show Details

  • Dates:Opening Night:
    Final Performance:
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  • Anna ActonAn Investment Banker/A Second Bereaved Mother
  • Jonathan CooteA Senior Civil Servant/A British Transport Policeman/Another Senior Operating Executive/Lord Cullen
  • Paul DoddsJohn Prescott/A Leading Entrepreneur/A Rail Union Leader/Technical Director of a Maintenance Company/A Squadron Leader
  • Jacqui DuboisDawn/A Bereaved Mother
  • Lucas HareA High Powered Treasury Thinker/A Managing Director of Railtrack
  • Gabrielle LloydA Campaigning Solicitor/A Bereaved Widow
  • Tej ObanoA Senior Rail Executive/A Young Man in Denim/A Vicar of Hatfield
  • Sakuntala RamaneeWendy/A Survivor Group Founder
  • Jonathan TaflerAn Experienced Rail Engineer/A Bereaved Father/A Scottish Literary Editor