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Royalty, Ruffians & Railways

How did the arrival of the railways affect Berwick-upon-Tweeed in Victorian times?

This project was run by Berwick Record Office as a week-long summer school at The Maltings Theatre in Berwick-upon-Tweed, and involved pupils from Berwick Middle School and members of the Maltings Youth Theatre.

Directed by Maltings Drama Tutor Wendy  Payn, the young people created their script based on their study of primary evidence researched from documents in the Berwick Record Office.

Each of the scenes was devised by the young people themselves.

The drama focused on the visit to Berwick-upon-Tweed of Queen Victoria to open the Royal Border Railway Bridge in 1850.

Performances were staged for an audience of parents, friends and members of the public at the end of the summer school week and also during the town’s Heritage Open Days weekend in September.



Performance at The Maltings Theatre