The Girl On The Train
Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated. Director: Alice Smithson
Readthroughs: Tue 5th and Fri 8th Dec 2023 at 7:30pm Auditions: Tue 12th Dec 2023 at 7:30pm
RACHEL WATSON -
The protagonist of the story, she is the title's girl on the train. She commutes every day on the same morning and evening trains, observing the same suburban houses beside the tracks. However, there is one house that she watches every day, naming the people in it, Jess and Jason. Since her divorce from Tom, she has developed an addiction to alcohol and suffers frequent blanks in her memory. This makes her life complicated when ‘Jess’ goes missing and Rachel becomes a prime suspect. A rich, complicated and vulnerable role.
TOM WATSON -
Tom is Rachel's ex-husband. Tom and Rachel divorced after Rachel grew depressed by their infertility and he began cheating on her with Anna. Tom is still in contact with Rachel since the divorce and still shares a somewhat affectionate relationship with her. Tom is seemingly charming, paternal and gentle however there is a darker undertone to his character.
ANNA WATSON -
Anna is Tom's new wife. She hates Rachel and gets annoyed when Tom talks to or about her. Anna is very happy with her life with Tom and their baby girl, Evie and takes great pride in her lifestyle. She especially liked being the "other woman" when Tom and Rachel were still married. Anna represents the life Rachel could have had with Tom.
MEGAN HIPWELL -
Rachel's "Jess," she feels conflicted in her marriage, often seeking comfort in her husband Scott but also finding him overprotective. Megan’s disappearance is the catalyst within the play and her mysterious past is revealed when Rachel takes it upon herself to find out what happened to her. She appears in this play in the form of flashbacks. Megan is a creative and free soul that is tied down by her past and people’s expectations of her.
SCOTT HIPWELL -
Rachel's “Jason,”. He struggles with Megan’s disappearance and has a great distance to those around him. He is seemingly ‘the perfect husband’ but struggles with his own temper. He and Rachel form a a strange connection within the play. Scott is charming but imperfect and fragile.
KAMAL ABDIC -
Kamal is Megan's, and briefly Rachel's, therapist. He and Megan were having an affair, but he suspects it was based on transference, a common occurrence between patients and therapists. However, he indulged anyway. Extremely intelligent but a deeply flawed practitioner.
He is one of the detectives working Megan's case. Rachel has a hot and cold relationship with this detective, who sometimes is kind to her and sometimes is more rough in his questioning. He is confident, blunt and slightly cynical.