Monday, 23 October 2017
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Ria CowleyRehearsals are already in full swing after a summer break for The Algarveans’ autumn production of Kindertransport by Diane Samuels. 

The show tells the story through clever flashbacks of Eva Schlessinger, a 10-year-old refugee who comes to England from German, in early 1939, as part of an evacuation plan which saw over 10,000 refugee children relocated to the UK on their own, without their parents.

Karen Barroso and Ria CowleyThe play was first published in 1993 and, whilst not a true story, it was developed by Diane Samuels through a series of interviews she had with Kindertransport children whose stories she wrapped in to the one character.

Eva is being played by 14-year-old actress Ria Cowley, who has the challenge of starting the play as a 10 years old and ending it as an 18 years old whilst also acting some of her part in German.

“This is the first time I have acted such a big role, but the other cast members are so great to work with and have a lot of experience, I am really enjoying rehearsals and learning lots from them,” said Ria.
“I worked with Ria in Pollen: The Musical and was really taken with her stage presence,” said the show’s director Chris Winstanley. “She is like a sponge and soaks up everything we throw at her, you would not know this was her first stage play.”

The cast also includes Karen Barroso who plays Helga, Eva’s mother. “Whilst I have been involved with lots of Algarveans’ productions over the years this is my first straight acting part and I am loving it,” said Karen.

Whilst the play is certainly not a comedy, it deals with the subject matter in a charming, thought-provoking, and at times, humorous way.

Kindertransport will be performed at Lagoa Auditorium starting at 7.45pm on November 23rd to 25th, this autumn.

Tickets are priced at €12 and are already available by email at or by calling any of the following numbers: 913 723 611 / 282 496 635 / 966 211 634.