Saturday, 21 April 2018

Theatre: Kindertransport.........

Presented by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg in association with Selladoor Productions

By Diane Samuels
Directed by Anne Simon
Designed by Marie-Luce Theis

A deeply moving and timely modern classic about a woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past.

Hamburg 1938: nine year-old Eva is forced onto a train by her desperate mother in order to escape the threat of World War II. Arriving at Liverpool Street Station, tagged like a piece of luggage, she’s handed over to strangers.

Manchester 1980: Evelyn, a proud mum, prepares to say goodbye to daughter Faith as she leaves the family home. But what Faith finds in the attic will change her life forever…

This heart-warming production is from the producers of last year’s acclaimed revival of ‘The Crucible’. It marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, which saw thousands of Jewish children ferried from Austria and Germany to safety.

Diane Samuels wrote this extraordinary and haunting play 25 years ago. It has never been more relevant than today. 


I don't think it's just because I'm Jewish that I found this so powerful and emotional as my friends felt exactly the same.

Really well acted and a very clever way to have current day intertwined with the history it came from.

A performance I would very highly recommend.


Michelle said...

Just performed not anywhere accessible for us :-(.

I do always pause and think of the children, the separation, suffering and the lives lost when I see the Kindertransport statue at Liverpool Street. As it's a station I don't often frequent, it takes me by surprise a little. Those arrivals were not so long ago in number of years, yet feels far more when I think about science and technology developments and how we live in global economies. So it saddens me and reminds me that it really was only recently when I read and listen to opinions and views expressed today, and think how 'modern society' has not progressed much at all in some ways.

MumB / @mumbosh said...

It's still happening, so many having to buy a place on a boat to escape danger and how many could only afford to send their children and may never be reunited. All so very sad :-(