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by Diane Samuels

Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry, CV1 1GS
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This revival began at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry in October 2013 and will tour the UK until March 29 2014. The production is presented by Hall and Childs Ltd in association with The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for The Booking Office Ltd.

In Germany, in 1938, as the clouds of war thicken, a desperate mother forces her nine year old daughter Eva onto a train, sending her out of danger and into the arms of strangers. In England, decades later, a reluctant mother prepares for the departure of her grown-up daughter, Faith, as she cuts the ties of childhood. Then a chance discovery opens an unhealed wound and a long-buried secret is revealed. The bittersweet experience of every parent as they try to teach their child to survive alone, unites these women across the decades.

In the nine months before the outbreak of World War II, the Kindertransport ferried nearly 10,000, mainly Jewish children from Germany and Austria to safety. Many would never see their parents again. 2013 was the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport. This play text is a GCSE set book.

Maggie Steed plays Lil, Janet Dibley is Evelyn, Emma Deegan Helga, Paul Lancaster Ratcatcher, Gabrielle Dempsey Eva, Rosie Holden Faith. It is directed by Andrew Hall, with design by Juliet Shillingford, lighting by Matthew Eagland and music by Andrew Bugg.

Winner of the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, Kindertransport by Diane Samuels is a moving insight into the complex relationship between mothers and daughters. Since its London premiere in 1993 it has been seen worldwide and is now on many school curricula. It is published by Nick Hern Books. Diane Samuels has written 'The A-Z of Mrs P' a new musical about Phyllis Pearsall, the creator of the London A-Z, which will be at the Southwark Playhouse in February 2014.

Maggie Steed is most known as Doreen in three BBC series of ‘Jam and Jerusalem’, and 36 episodes of BBC’s ‘Born & Bred’ also starring producer Tracey Childs. Her very extensive stage career includes as Mrs Lintott in ‘The History Boys’ with the National Theatre and its world tour, the Royal Court and Chichester Festival Theatre. Janet Dibley is most known for her roles in BBC's 'Doctors', 'Eastenders' and 'The Two of Us'. She has appeared at the National Theatre, Crucible Sheffield and Manchester Royal Exchange. Gabrielle Dempsey will be seen in the new HBO TV series of ‘Game of Thrones’ on 6 April 2014.

Andrew Hall has directed the recent UK tour of Ayckbourn's 'Haunting Julia'. He will be seen in Sky Arts ‘Nixon’s The One’ playing Billy Graham on Feb 13. Last year he was Dr Watson in ‘Sherlock Holmes-The Best Kept Secret’ UK tour directed by Nikolai Foster.

Kindertransport: Wed 23 to Sat 26 Oct.
Wed to Sat 7.45pm, Thurs & Sat matinees 2.30pm. Tickets £8-£20, concs from £7.75-£18.00.

9 October 2013