The Signalman's Apprentice (1974)

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by Brian Phelan

Directed & Designed by John Woodrooffe

Performances: Sun 19th – Sat 25th May 1974, Main Stage


The action takes place in a signal box at Fulham Goods Yard.



  • This production would not have been possible without the courteous and enthusiastic help of many railwaymen. To the Signal and Telecommunication Engineers of Southern Region, Mr Hodgson, Mr Tuff and Mr Perry, and to Mr Jim Green, Bill Bond, Cyril Moore and the signalmen at Herne Hill, I acknowledge my debt and offer my sincere thanks. We were warmly welcomed by the Norwood Model Railway Club and to the members and in particular to David Wilson, their Secretary, my grateful thanks.


The theatre director Paulette Randall mentioned this production in a Guardian interview "My Life in Five Shows". [1].

"When I was about 11 my primary school teacher, Mr Beech, was in an amateur dramatics society in south London, at the Old Fire Station in Norwood. Our class got taken to see him in a production of The Station Master’s Apprentice and he was great. That was just fantastic, to see my teacher in a play – to see somebody I knew, but in a different role and in a different guise, and completely believing him. I guess that’s when I first really thought about what this acting malarkey is all about. It was the first real theatre that I’d been to: it was quite sad and smelled funny, but there was something about it that I loved; something thrilling."


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