Kindertransport

by Diane Samuels

Kindertransport had 4 performances about 10 years ago (between the 2nd of April 2008 and the 5th of April 2008) at The Riverhouse Barn

Diane Samuels's moving and sensitive play explores the issue of identity and the pain and passion of mother/daughter relationships.

Eva is a young girl sent from Germany by her parents as part of the Kindertransport - the mass evacuation of Jewish children in 1938. As she grows up with her foster mother, she becomes more and more English and begins to deny her roots. It is only when her own daughter discovers old letters in the attic that Eva is forced to confront the truth about her past. The play is cleverly structured so that past and present intermingle. A challenging play with excellent roles for five women and one man.

A read through of the play will take place on Wednesday November 28th at The RDG Studio at 7.45pm. Come and hear the background to the play and plans for staging it. Hearing it read aloud is also good preparation for audition.

Rehearsal nights: Tuesdays/Thursdays
Performance week: March 30th - April 6th 2008 Reading copies are available from Jane : 01483 224445/ sjwalters44@aol.com.

A flyer giving booking details can be downloaded from this link : http://rdg.org/flyers/Kindertransport.pdf

Original

Evelyn - Frankie Godliman

English middle-class woman in her fifties

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Faith - Sarah Evans

Evelyn's only child - in her twenties

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Eva - Anna Beuden

Evelyn's younger self. Starts as a nine year old and finishes at seventeen. Jewish German, becoming increasingly English

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Helga - Linda Russell

German Jewish woman of late 1030s in her early thirties. Eva/Evelyn's mother

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Lil - Faith Powell

Eva/Evelyn's foster mother. Playing age ranges from 40 - 80.

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The Ratcatcher/German Guard - Jakub Bednar

A mythical male character who also plays the Nazi Border Official

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The English Organiser, the Postman and the Station Guard - Ian Thomas

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Director - Jane Walters

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Stage Manager - Clare Pinnock

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Set Design and Construction - John Godliman

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Lighting - Bill Payne

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Sound - Ian Santry

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Continuity - Jill Payne

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Lighting operation - Gareth Woodford

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Lighting (Assistant) - Jonathan Miller

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Lighting (Assistant) - Stuart Kemp

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Christine Bates

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Nick Lund

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Anne Nunn

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Clare Pinnock

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Adam Roberts

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Linda Russell

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Ian Thomas

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Liz Thomas

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Set Construction (Assisted) - Wally Walters

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Poster and Programme Design - Anne Nunn

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Photography - Alan Bostock (www.photoeyes.biz)

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Front of House Manager - Keith Bollands