Emer McDaid plays Megan Hipwell in The Girl on the Train, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel from the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins and DreamWorks’ film, which will play at Salisbury Playhouse.
Loveday Ingram directs Tiran Aakal (Kamal Abdic), Samuel Collings (Scott Hipwell), Jonathan Firth (Tom Watson), Joanna van Kampen (Rachel Watson), Emer McDaid (Megan Hipwell), Jason Merrells (D.I. Gaskill) and Phoebe Pryce (Anna Watson).
Wiltshire Creative’s new in-house production of the thriller opens at Salisbury Playhouse on 24 October, with previews from 19 October, and runs until 11 November.
You’re appearing in The Girl on the Train at Salisbury Playhouse, how would you describe the play?
I’d call it a thriller – a who-dunnit with heart and feeling.
How well do you think Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s adaptation transfers Paula Hawkins’ novel to the stage?
They’ve done an amazing job. The themes and nuances that can so easily be lost in adaptations are, if anything, magnified. The characters are layered and textured with a profound shared brokenness that is wonderful to see live and in the moment.
You’re playing Megan, tell us about the character and what you’re enjoying most about the role?
The ability to delve into a character that has dealt with far more than I have in my life. I like the fact that to most she would be immediately categorised into a ‘perfect woman’ but underneath she is like broken glass. Bits of her are missing and she’s grappling for the pieces to mend herself. She’s formidable and strong yet vulnerable and disquiet.
And what do you think will be the biggest challenge?
Maintaining the emotional arc for my character whilst creating a through line for the piece as a whole. The direction by the inimitable Loveday Ingram is a fresh take on the play and requires each and every actor to work together to create this piece of magic.
What are you looking forward to most about working at Salisbury Playhouse?
The flapjacks. Only joking. The audiences! I can’t wait to see and hear what people think! I’m hoping audiences will be both moved and entertained in equal measure.
What would you say to anyone thinking of booking to See The Girl on The Train?
Come and see us. If you enjoy it, then tell your friends to go. If you hate it, then tell your enemies.