Theatre review: Kindertransport

A harrowing aspect of the Holocaust which does not attract the attention that it might was the focus of a powerful play which has come to an end at the Eternity Theatre in Darlinghurst.

Kindertransport conveys the painstaking decision by thousands of Jewish parents to send their children to England from mainland Europe to escape the Holocaust. About 10,000 children were sent as part of what became known as the Kindertransport – saving them from certain death at the hands of the Nazis, but inevitably causing untold and often-undocumented anguish, for parents and children alike.

Directed by Sandie Eldrige, the play skilfully interweaves the traumatic experiences of a nine-year-old child who is despatched to England with her later narrative after she is adopted by an English family and grows up and goes on to have a daughter of her own. The subsequent interplay between the nightmares of her enforced separation from her parents and her angst-filled present is poignantly and movingly captured, with the minimalistic stage props imaginatively alternating between train and home. A superb piece of theatre, well worth seeing the next time it comes your way.   – Vic Alhadeff