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Posted by portugalpress on November 13, 2017
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“Kindertransport” by Diane Samuels will be performed by The Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group, from November 23 to 25 at Lagoa Auditorium at 7.45pm.

“We are nearly there but the last few days before the first performance are always busy and fraught,” said show director Chris Winstanley.

“This is very much a straight play and not a belly-laughing comedy that we are known for, but it does have some wonderfully amusing moments which we feel our audience will have a lot of empathy with.”

Between 1938 and the outbreak of WW2, almost 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, were sent by their parents from Germany and Eastern Europe to Britain.

Diane Samuels’ sensitive and moving play tells the story of nine-year-old Eva, who arrives in Manchester and is sent to live with Mrs Lil Miller and her family. When Eva’s parents fail to escape Germany, the child changes her name and begins the process of denial of her roots. It is only when her own daughter, Faith, discovers some old letters and photographs in the attic that Eva, now Evelyn, is forced to confront the heart-breaking truth about her past.

Rehearsals for the show have been really exacting as the cast have had to learn a lot of lines, some in German, speak with accents and in one case play six different characters. Rehearsals started in early June so that the actors/characters would be well rehearsed and, most importantly, believable.

Chris Winstanley has been involved in amateur theatre for nearly 30 years and, for the last 10 of them, he has been one of the most active members of The Algarveans. His previous shows in the Algarve include last year’s 25th anniversary show “Pollen: The Musical” and critically acclaimed productions of “Talking Heads”, “Calendar Girls”, “Honk!” and “Daisy Pulls It Off”.

“This show is really stretching all of us involved, but I’ve got a feeling this could be a show everyone who sees it will remember for a long time,” added Chris. “We hope as many people as possible go along to the Lagoa Auditorium and see what a lot of hard work everyone has put in to bring ‘Kindertransport’ to the Algarve and keep English-speaking theatre alive at the foot of Europe.”

The Algarveans is a theatre group that has been putting on English-speaking productions for over 25 years.

Tickets are priced at €12 and are available by contacting:

913 723 611 | 966 211 634 | algarveansboxoffice@gmail.com

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