Startling realities of evacuation

CBBC Presenter Michael Absalom  visits You're a Star Theatre School

Theatre school visited by CBBC presenter

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In the nine months before the Second World War began almost 10,000 German Jewish children arrived in Britain unaccompanied on what became known as Kindertransport (Children’s transport).

Made into a play by Diane Samuels, Kindertransport is being performed by Titchfield Festival Theatre from May 16-26, and examines the lives of the evacuated children.

Sent by their parents to escape the horrors of the Jewish persecution in Nazi Germany many of them would never see their families again. The last train left Germany just two days before the start of war.

When they arrived in Britain they were placed in foster homes, and although some of them were with kind parents, others were treated cruelly and used as cheap labour.

Directed by Richard Hackett, the play contains some strong language and disturbing scenes, and is not recommended for under 14s.

Tickets cost £7 to £9 from Titchfield Festival Theatre on (01329) 556156 or go to titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com.

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