Inspiring tale recalls emotions of wartime

Paula Wilcox will star in Kindertransport
Paula Wilcox will star in Kindertransport

In the nine months before the outbreak of World War Two, the Kindertransport ferried nearly 10,000 people, mainly Jewish children, from Germany to Austria safely.

In the 75th anniversary since this life-saving service was created, a play on this subject is touring the UK and will go to Milton Keynes Theatre next week.

The play is set in Germany in 1938, when the clouds of war are starting to thicken and 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.

Paula Wilcox (of Man About The House and Rock and Chips) will play Lil, while Janet Dibley (Doctors/EastEnders) will take on the role of Evelyn, and Emma Deegan will play Helga. The play will be directed by Andrew Hall.

Kindertransport is said to be a moving insight into the complex relationships between mothers and daughters. Since its London premiere in 1993, it has been seen worldwide.

The play will run at Milton Keynes Theatre from November 4–9 at 7.30pm each night and at 2.30pm on the Wednesday and Saturday.

Tickets cost £15–£25. Call 0844 8717652 or visit the website,