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Kindertransport
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Kindertransport

The author's guide to the play

Diane Samuels
 

Since it was first staged by the Soho Theatre Company in London in 1993, Diane Samuels’  Kindertransport has enjoyed huge success around the world, has been revived numerous times, and is widely studied in schools and colleges.

The play tells the story of how nine-year-old Eva, a German Jewish girl, is sent by her parents on the Kindertransport to start a new life with a foster family in Britain just before the outbreak of World War Two. Over forty years later, she has changed her name to Evelyn and denied her roots. When her own daughter discovers some old letters and photos in the attic, she is forced to confront the truth about who she really is and to reveal a dark secret that she has done everything to keep hidden.

In this author’s guide to the play, Diane Samuels investigates the historical background, drawing on the personal testimony of those whose lives were transformed by the Kindertransport. She explores the creative process that shaped the play through successive drafts. And she presents detailed accounts from the actors, directors, a composer and designer who have contributed to the play’s most notable productions.


Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-284-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only  | PB
Kindertransport
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Kindertransport

Diane Samuels
 
Between 1938 and the outbreak of War, almost 10,000 unaccompanied German children were sent by their parents to foster homes in Britain while the parents were despatched to the death camps.

Kindertransport is a modern classic about one woman's struggle to come to terms with her past. Eva is brutally separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of nine, and brought to England with the promise of a new life. Forty years later she has changed her name and denied her roots. It is only when her own daughter discovers some old letters in the attic that Eva is forced to confront the truth about her past.

This edition also includes several personal memoirs by German-born children whose lives were saved, and transformed, by the Kindertransport.


Cast : 1M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-527-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Poppy + George
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Poppy + George

Diane Samuels
 

A romantic drama with music inspired by the days of music hall and beyond, from the author of the modern classic Kindertransport.

It is 1919. The Great War is over and Poppy Wright arrives in London from the north of England to make her mark in the world. Deep in the heart of the East End she finds work in Smith's tailor and costumiers workshop, where she meets dashing chauffeur George, and falls in love.

This is a time of change and opportunity, emerging from the losses of war, when all are questioning who they are and what roles they can play in forging a new, modern era. It’s time to ditch the corset and discover who really wears the trousers.

Poppy + George is a beguiling romance that draws on a world of female impersonators, popular song and double entendre. It was first performed at the Watford Palace Theatre in February 2016.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-545-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
True Life Fiction of Mata Hari, The
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True Life Fiction of Mata Hari, The

Diane Samuels
 
It is 1917. The First World War has taken its toll on 'gay Paree'. Everyone is struggling, not least the notorious exotic dancer, Mata Hari, formerly Margaretha Zelle from Holland. Arrested for passing French information to the Germans but steadfastly proclaiming her love for France, Mata Hari is interrogated by two Frechmen who are convinced that everything she says and does is a lethal fiction

For years Mata Hari has been seen as a femme fatale and a dangerous spy. But the 'truth' behind this remarkable woman is a good deal more complex, with many having their own motives for their version of her story. Why is everything about her not quite what it seems? And what really lies beneath her many masks?



Cast : 4M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-672-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB