Complex relationships of mothers and daughters across the decades

Award-winning drama Kindertransport coming to the Opera House in Manchester

Maggie Steed as Lil in Kindertransport by Diane Samuels which is coming to Manchester Opera House

The moving and compelling award-winning drama Kindertransport moves from Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold to the Opera House, Manchester next week from March 25-29.

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.

In the nine months before the outbreak of the Second World War, the Kindertransport ferried nearly 10,000, mainly Jewish children from Germany and Austria to safety. Many would never see their parents again.

2013 saw the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport.

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.

Maggie Steed plays Lil, Janet Dibley is Evelyn, Emma Deegan is Helga, Paul Lancaster is Ratcatcher, Gabrielle Dempsey is Eva, Rosie Holden is Faith.

Maggie Steed is most known as Doreen in three BBC series of Jam and Jerusalem, and 36 episodes of BBC’s Born & Bred. 

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 best 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.

Andrew Hall has recently been seen as Marc Selby on ITV’s Coronation Street and other television credits include Eastenders, Doctors and Holby City.

He directed the recent UK tour of Ayckbourn's Haunting Julia and  Andrew was seen at the Opera House last year when he played Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes - The Best Kept Secret UK tour directed by Nikolai Foster.

For booking details, call 0844 871 3018 or visit www.atgtickets.com/manchester.

 

 

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