Eva and Helga
“EVELYN: Whatever it is you think you’ve discovered. You must forget it.
FAITH: Of course I can’t forget it.
EVELYN: I certainly have.”
In 1938 and until the outbreak of war in September 1939, almost 10,000 children, mostly Jewish, from families at risk in Nazi occupied Germany were sent by their parents to safety in Britain.
Nine year old Eva ends up in Manchester with the Miller family. She takes time to settle down but slowly starts to trust and depend on her foster mother, Lil. When her parents fail to escape from Germany her attachment to Lil increases and a new identity starts to form.
Not long after the war has finished, she changes her name to Evelyn and acquires a British passport. Over thirty years later, her own grown-up daughter, Faith, discovers some old letters in the attic and Evelyn is confronted with her hidden past. There are some secrets that she has even kept from Lil.
“Samuels has written the best play about the pain and passion of morther/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
"....her play has pride, pity, no sentimentality whatever, and the true intelligence of humility." John Peter, The Sunday Times
"...This..is an evening you may never forget. It is the distilled pain of a generation." Clive Barnes, New York Post
".....the most beautiful play........really superb research - rare for a playwright!...a marvellous gift for words, for imagery, quite simply the art of the play.....and an understanding of human beings." Gitta Sereny, writer
Co-winner of the 1992 Verity Bargate Award,; winner of 1993 Meyer Whitworth Award. Produced by Soho Theatre Company at the Cockpit, 1993; at the Palace Theatre, Watford transfering to the Vaudeville Theatre, West End, 1996. Also, Manhattan Theater Club, New York, 1994. Other productions throughout the USA, also Sweden, Japan, Germany, Austria, Canada and South Africa.
Major revival, national tour, in 2007 by Shared Experience Theatre Company.
Published in Britain by Nick Hern Books and in the USA by Plume/Penguin.
Cast: 5 females; 1 male
Running time: 90 mins
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