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New show gives Southern Rail passengers something to smile about

New show gives Southern Rail passengers something to smile about

Published at 4:14pm 31st May 2017. (Updated at 10:29am 2nd June 2017)

A musical which focuses on the plight of Southern Rail passengers is making its debut.

For many in Surrey, the daily commute has been an issue for some time, with delays and strikes affecting services.

Whether you blame the rail company or the workers, there is no doubt it has been a very difficult time for those who rely on trains.

Now a show called Southern Fail is premiering at the Brighton Fringe Festival.

The comedy musical tells of a commuter love story amid the cancellations.

It is a collaboration between Mark Brailsford and Simon Levenson.

Southern Fail

Image credit: Summer Dean

Simon said: "I suffered the daily journey from Hove to Croydon throughout 2016 so was not lacking in inspiration when writing the show!

"When the circumstances around you are that absurd, it really just lends itself to satire.

"Commuters won't forget any part of this crisis in a hurry and we really felt they deserved a bit of comedy relief and catharsis."

On June 4th, members of the ASLEF union start a ban on working overtime.

Southern recently published and update on its Performance Improvement Plan, stating: "Delivering good performance is a key objective for Southern - we know how important this is for our passengers.

"Our passengers have not been getting the service they expect from us and for this we apologise."

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