Kindertransport at the Churchill Theatre Review

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

22-25 January 2014

Reviewed by Emma Rogers

An excellent evening with extraordinary acting.

Kindertransport tells the story of a 9 year old Jewish girl, taken by train to a new family in Manchester, England just before the start of World War 2.

You would think that this was a tear-jerker of a play, but although emotional, the layers of the story give you more to think about and less time to feel sorry for the characters. The play is set on one stage, with an ingenious way of weaving the modern day characters with wartime folk who see life very differently. It is essentially a story about mothers and daughters and the anachronistic memories of childhood.

The cast were utterly brilliant. Paula Wilcox and Janet Dibley head the cast, but the other three women are probably even more talented. How Gabrielle Dempsey becomes a nine year old and then weaves a Manchester accent into a German dialect is beyond me, and her acting ability outshone everyone on stage. She is one to watch!

I don’t have anything bad to say about Kindertransport. If you are putting off going to see it because you think it will be a weepy, then don’t. It’s certainly entertaining but the depth of the okay and the quality of the acting make it unmissable. Entertaining and thought provoking, and that’s more than you expect when you walk in!

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost from £11.90 to £32.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).

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