Meet The Ghost Train Cast – James Cross

James Cross

What’s your previous theatre experience?
This is my return to the stage after a 10 year hiatus and I’m currently questioning why it took me so long. A member of various youth theatres (in my youth, obviously) I played a wide cross section of roles from Mack the Knife to Banquo in Macbeth. I have also been known to try my hand at musical theatre, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t come back as easily as acting after a long break.

Tell us about your character in ‘The Ghost Train’
I play Teddie Deakin. He’s a bit of a buffoon, likes to entertain people, but often misjudges the mood.. much to the annoyance of the other characters in the play. He means well though, and I like to think that his pluck gets them through some of the tougher times.
Think Bertie Wooster, but with a bit more about him, and you’re in the right ballpark.

How have you found the rehearsal process?
I’ve really enjoyed the rehearsal process. Nick has introduced me to lots of new techniques, and some which I’d forgotten, that have been really helpful, particularly in developing the character. It has also been great to get to know the rest of the cast and crew. A real pleasure to meet new people and make some new friends.

Describe the show in three words.
Spooky. Suspenseful. Surprising.

What are you looking forward to about show week?
The camaraderie of the cast and crew, that knackered feeling in the run up to the last show before the adrenaline kicks back in. The costumes, the lights, the different reaction of the audience every night. The party. So pretty much everything actually.

What is your favourite spooky film or TV show?
For spooky, I’d have to go with some of the Black Mirror episodes. For outright scary though, nothing comes close to The Omen.