Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Sat 9 Jun 2018, theatre
Separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of nine, Eva is brought to England on the Kindertransport with the promise of a new life...
by Diane Samuels
Separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of nine, Eva is brought to England on the Kindertransport with the promise of a new life.
Under the care of her kindly foster mother Lil, the young Eval slowly acclimatises to her new life and, at length, believing her parents to have perished in the camps, tries to re-invent herself as English. But memories and fears are not so easily erased. When her own daughter starts to question the story her mother has woven over the years, the protective shell that Eva, now calling herself Evelyn, has built around herself begins to crack. This modern classic about one woman's struggle to come to terms with her past is told with tenderness and warmth, across the generations and the years. The issues explored remain as pertinent to us today as when the events of the late 1930’s unfolded in Germany and England.
An amateur performance by our resident theatre company
Stamford Shoestring Theatre are happy to be partnering with Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community (PLJC) for their production of Kindertransport, and will be supporting a project in the Lake District, "B's Buttons", to build an unusual memorial to the Holocaust on the shores of Lake Windermere.
The brainchild of a Year 10 student from Windermere, who was moved when she learnt that hundreds of boys freed from the concentration camps at the end of the war were brought to Troutbeck, between Windermere & Ambleside, before being rehoused. She came up with the idea of a memorial based on 1½ million buttons, 1 for each child murdered in the Holocaust. The memorial will be completed in roughly 2 years’ time and a call has gone out around the country for people to send in their spare buttons.
So, if you have any buttons spare, please bring them to the collection point in the Stamford Arts Centre Box Office during the show run or if you can't make that contact PLJC on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project organisers are also considering publishing a book on B's Buttons so if anyone has an interesting story behind a particular button, write it on a card or slip of paper (legibly!) and attach the button to it.