‘Kindertransport’ by Diane Samuels

Last week Diane Samuels’ heart breaking and topical play Kindertransport was powerfully brought to life by a talented cast of six in Annabel’s studio.

Between 1938 and the outbreak of WW2 almost 10 000 children, most of them Jewish, were sent by their parents from Germany to Britain. Diane Samuels’ powerful and moving play tells the story of nine year old Eva who arrives in Manchester and is sent to live with Mrs Lil Miller and her family. When Eva’s parents fail to escape Germany, the child changes her name and begins the process of denial of her roots. It is only when her own daughter, Faith, discovers some old letters and photographs in the attic that Eva, now Evelyn, is forced to confront the heart breaking truth about her past.

The superb ensemble were: Lottie Sims, Annabelle Mastin-Lee, Pippa Adamthwaite-Cook, Tamara Drewett, Hattie Sibson and Oli Cowen.

The atmospheric set and lighting design was by Matthew Herring and Fiona Bardsley directed, ably assisted by Issy Cole and Chessie Turner. James Morris and Hugo King did an excellent job on lights and sound respectively.

Photography by Becky Allen.

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