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Strangers On A Train Set for Oldham

Published: 25 August 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Comedy duo LipService returns to Oldham this September with their brand new show Strangers on a Train Set—a murder mystery set on a model railway with references to train-related dramas including Brief Encounter and Murder on the 4.50 from Paddington.

Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook, finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead. But this is no ordinary train: each passenger is reading a book, each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train-related crime fiction.

LipService specialises in literary spoofs. Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding have been writing and performing since 1985—Strangers On A Train Set is their 21st production. As well as their work on the stage, they had their own series on Radio 4—nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award—and have twice won the Critics’ Award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival.

Strangers on a Train Set runs from September 11–14 at Oldham Coliseum Theatre.