In 1991, before an election they did not expect to win, the Conservative government made a fateful decision to privatise the railways. Now, twelve years later, as a result of that privatisation, the taxpayer subsidises the system more lavishly than ever before. In The Permanent Way
, David Hare, tells the intricate, remarkable story of a dream gone sour, by gathering together the first-hand accounts of those most intimately involved - from every level of the railway system. Funny, tragic and compelling, the play offers an extraordinary parable of British mismanagement which raises questions about the recent history of the country.Performers Anna Acton (An Investment Banker/A Second Bereaved Mother), Jonathan Coote (A Senior Civil Servant/A British Transport Policeman/Another Senior Operating Executive/Lord Cullen), Paul Dodds (John Prescott/A Leading Entrepreneur/A Rail Union Leader/Technical Director of a Maintenance Company/A Squadron Leader), Jacqui Dubois (Dawn/A Bereaved Mother), Lucas Hare (A High Powered Treasury Thinker/A Managing Director of Railtrack), Gabrielle Lloyd (A Campaigning Solicitor/A Bereaved Widow), Tej Obano (A Senior Rail Executive/A Young Man in Denim/A Vicar of Hatfield), Sakuntala Ramanee (Wendy/A Survivor Group Founder), Jonathan Tafler (An Experienced Rail Engineer/A Bereaved Father/A Scottish Literary Editor).
Author David Hare. Producer Debbie Hicks. Director Alexander Lass. Design Ruth Hall. Costume Ruth Hall. Lighting Rick Fisher. Sound Roly Witherow. Director Sian Williams (movement director). Director Ellie Collyer-Bristow (CDG - casting director).