The Cast of Stage Struck are jumping on board the Swindon 175 anniversary celebrations with their new show Express Train To Rio.

Co-directors Grace Matthews and Michelle MacCay felt it would be a fitting tribute to the town's railway history to create a variety show that incorporated a rail theme.

Michelle said: "Linking to our train theme we are covering some of the numbers by the fantastic American composer and singer Carole King, who co-wrote the pop song, The Locomotion, with Gerry Goffin.''

The song was covered by Little Eva in 1962 and Kyle Minogue in 1988 and now TCOSS will get right on track with the dance song.

The 30-strong cast will be chugging into Swindon's Arts Centre from Thursday, May 19 to Saturday May 21.

The second theme to the show is the Olympics that are to be held in Rio.

"We couldn't miss an opportunity to bring in some of that carnival atmosphere,'' said Grace.

To get in the mood for dancing the cast attended some Samba classes, and the Rio carnival costumes gave the sewing bees of TCOSS full range for their creative talents.

"This year they have made more than 100 items, meeting weekly over many cups of tea and biscuits, and the dresses and costumes look stunning under the lights,'' said Grace.

Ken Jell, a veteran of Stage Struck old and new generations will be back on stage in this show, with his own inimitable style of comedy, and the music will be in the safe hands of Swindon's own musical wizard Andre Pysanczyn.

Tickets to ride the Rio Express are £11 and £9 concessions from 07596151051 or email:

. - Flicky Harrison