Kindertransport - Review

The story flashes from the past to the present day as we see Eve leaving Germany and starting her life in England. At the same time we see Eve in the present time, still living in England as a grown up woman who has a child of around 20 years of age,.

We witness all the traumas that Eve and many others like her at the time coped with having to leave their parents at these troubled times and the effect it had on them.

This thought provoking and touching play has been well produced by the Soho Theatre Company. There is some very good acting by Diana Quick who played the grown up Eve. She expressed the grief and torment that Eve was still going through very skilfully. So too did Jean Boht who played Lil, the woman who cared for Eve in England. But the best performance was by Julia Malewski who played the young Eve. She was very convincing and charming. She played the part so well you could really believe in the character she was portraying. This play is her first acting performance, and she is definitely someone to look out for in the future.

The set is an attic which is very effective in portraying the scenes in the 1930s and the present day.

An impressive play which is sad and heartbreaking, but helps us all to understand more of what these children had to go through and how we must never forget.

(Darren Dalglish)

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