by Diane Samuels
Following a hugely successful near sell-out run at Theatro Technis in March, the Tower's production of
Kindertransport will be transferring to Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate. Due to unavailability, we will be re-casting for the role of Faith.
We are looking for a strong female performer (playing age early 20's) to play Faith alongside the existing cast. Faith is the daughter of Eva/Evelyn and is preparing to move out of the family home. Faith exhibits genuine love and concern for her mother, but alongside this affection there is a very deep well of resentment. Please read the script before auditioning. You can get a copy from the Director or from the Tower Office. If you are interested in auditioning you MUST contact the director, Angharad Ormond by Friday 21st April; she will provide venue details for the audition.
Angharad Ormond has been with the Tower Theatre Company for two years and has been seen on stage as
Laura in The Priory, Nell in Little Nell, Daphne in Sailor Beware! and most recently as Cathy Jackson in last summer's hit musical The Return of the Marionettes. She trained at Drama Studio London and other roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera. Her directing credits include The Trial and Blue Remembered Hills.
Kindertransport marks her directional debut for the Tower Theatre. Angharad is also training as a Clinical Psychologist; she brings this experience into her role as director.
Praise for our March production...
"Superlative production ... Incredible staging and production values and great onstage soundscapes"
"a terrific production - so imaginative and moving"
"powerful, moving and strikingly, shockingly relevant"
"an outstanding show"
"(an) important play and beautifully done".
The director writes :
Set against the backdrop of the holocaust and the transportation of thousands of Jewish children, Kindertransport deals with the fragile but resilient bond between mothers and daughters. Based on real experiences, it explores separation, identity and the cost of survival.
Diane Samuels' play is a modern classic about one woman's struggle to come to terms with her past. Brutally separated from her German Jewish parents and brought to England with the promise of a new life, nine-year-old Eva ends up in Manchester. When Eva's parents fail to escape Germany, the child changes her name and begins the process of denial of her roots. It is only when her own daughter discovers some letters in their attic that Eva is forced to confront the truth about the past.
Samuels has written the best play about the pain and passion of mother/daughter relationships.
Lynn Gardner, The Guardian
... an extraordinarily skilful and compassionate piece which hauntingly juxtaposes past and present to show the effects of the Holocaust on one family through three generations ...
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph