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Olive & The Dream Train

By Daniel Jamieson

A rollercoaster ride through the mind‑boggling mysteries of everyday life…

Olive’s always daydreaming. She daydreams about what’s going on inside her cat’s head, or about that weird picture above her bed of a steam train puffing out of a fireplace… Then one day, on her way to school, another very odd train chugs into the station – it’s studded with olives, for one thing, and there’s no driver… So Olive boldly steps aboard and, WOOHOO, she’s driving her very own dream train and it can take her anywhere!

Publicity Image

Photos by Steve Tanner

Tour Dates

Tue 13 Oct 2015

Warwick Arts Centre6:00pm |

Wed 14 Oct 2015

Warwick Arts Centre10:30am |

Wed 14 Oct 2015

Warwick Arts Centre1:30pm |

Sat 17 Oct 2015

Broadmayne Village Hall3:00pm |

Sat 24 Oct 2015

Lyric Hammersmith11:00am |

Sat 24 Oct 2015

Lyric Hammersmith2:00pm |

Thu 19 Nov 2015

St Nicholas Primary School7:00pm |

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Woodwater Academy7:00pm |

Sat 21 Nov 2015

Exeter Phoenix2:00pm |

Sat 21 Nov 2015

Exeter Phoenix4:00pm |

Sun 22 Nov 2015

Exeter Phoenix [Relaxed Performance]11:30am |

Sun 22 Nov 2015

Exeter Phoenix [BSL Interpreted]2:30pm |

Wed 25 Nov 2015

Ladysmith Junior School7:00pm |

Thu 26 Nov 2015

Pinhoe Primary School7:00pm |

Fri 27 Nov 2015

St Sidwell's Primary School7:00pm |


Cast: Kirsty Cox, Charlotte Law & Vic Llewellyn
Musician: Katherine Browning

Writer: Daniel Jamieson
Director: Nikki Sved
Designer: Trina Bramman
Composer & Musical Director: Thomas Johnson
Lighting Designer: Dominic Jeffery
Production Manager: Elaine Faulkner
Design Assistants: Ruth Webb & Sarah Vigars

Thanks to the R&D performers who helped develop the show:
Derek Frood, Cerianne Roberts & Rose Robinson

Told with Theatre Alibi’s hallmark inventiveness and ingenuity, writer Daniel Jamieson turns Olive’s mundane daily journey into an extraordinary adventure.
Western Morning News

Writer's Note

Olive is a girl who daydreams.

“Daydreaming” is a strange word when you think about it – dreaming in the day – awake but  drifting off inside your head for a little holiday from what’s going on round you. Daydreaming is something we’re not supposed to do, not at school or work anyway. Olive gets told off for it quite a bit. She can’t help it but she gets told off anyway. When she’s meant to be finishing a sum or a story she might look out of the window and suddenly she’s off trying on cloud-hats and imagining them, delicately wobbly against her forehead…

Every great idea must have started life as flimsy as a cloud-hat – all the greatest stories  and theories and inventions. I imagine a boy called Stephenson sitting by the fire one afternoon two hundred years ago, watching the kettle boil on the kitchen fire. He’s daydreaming of course. He lives every day in a world where everything’s pulled by horses and yet he’s dreaming of a carriage that somehow, magically, heaves itself along with nothing more than the puff of kettle steam. What a delicately wobbly idea that must have seemed at the time. Yet if Stephenson hadn’t been dreamy enough to dream it, then brave enough to make it real, what a sad, steam engine-less world it would have been.

But will Olive ever bring back anything worthwhile from the land inside her head…?

Daniel Jamieson