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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Kindertransport story at Theatro Technis; Christopher Bliss at Camden Comedy Club

31 March, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

A PLAY set against the backdrop of the transportation of 10,000 of Jewish children to the UK before the outbreak of the Second World War is a reminder of the struggles faced by those forced by circumstance to become refugees.

Based upon many real Kindertransport stories, Diane Samuels’ play, which opens at Theatro Technis on April 4, tells the story of nine-year-old Eva, who is separated from her parents in Germany and brought to England to escape the Holocaust. First performed in 1993, Kindertransport deals with identity and loss, as well as the fragile but resilient bond between mothers and daughters.

In this interpretation, the director Angharad Ormond and assistant director Philippa Rowe bring backgrounds in clinical psychology – using projection, mask, ensemble work and live sound – to communicate the play’s emotional tension and Eva’s experience as a Kindertransport child.

The play runs until April 8, and there will be a Q&A session on April 6 with Ernest Simon who left his family in Nazi-controlled Austria in 1939 and went to live in Leeds. More details on 020 7387 6617.

• You may have come across Rob Carter’s loveable character Christopher Bliss in his debut show, in which case, you may want to head down to Camden Comedy Club (upstairs at The Camden Head, 100 Camden High Street), for the spin-off show, Christopher Bliss’s Literary Salon, on April 7.

Each month, the literary obsessive and would-be novelist who churns out two to three two-page novels a day, hosts the salon with Luke Courtier, reading a new novel, critiquing a classic, and interviewing a published writer. More details on 020 7485 4019.

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