Janet’s looking forward to home comforts

Lt-Rt: Janet Dibley (Evelyn) Rosie Holden (Faith) Background: Gabrielle Dempsey (Eva)Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, directed by Andrew Hall. Belgrade Theatre October UK Tour until April 2014www.kindertransport.co.uk
Lt-Rt: Janet Dibley (Evelyn) Rosie Holden (Faith) Background: Gabrielle Dempsey (Eva)Kindertransport by Diane Samuels, directed by Andrew Hall. Belgrade Theatre October UK Tour until April 2014www.kindertransport.co.uk

East Sussex actress Janet Dibley is looking forward to home comforts for a week while playing the role of Evelyn in Kindertransporten which is coming to the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne from Monday, February 24 to Saturday, March 1.

The UK tour of Kindertransport – described as a moving insight into the complex relationship between mothers and daughters - began in November and recently resumed after a break for Christmas.

Janet, who used to live in Polegate but has moved the short distance to Alfriston, was preparing to drive to Southend on Monday as she talked to the Herald.

“My husband has checked if the roads are okay and I’ll be off again soon.

“We get used to it but it can be tough living out of a suitcase for long periods of time.

“So, yes, it’ll be really great to be at the Devonshire for a whole week.

“Kindertransporten is such a beautifully written play which I’m sure will go well in the lovely Devonshire Park Theatre.”

In the nine month before the outbreak of World War Two the Kindertransport ferried almost 10,000 mainly Jewish children from Germany and Austria to safety – many would never see their parents again.

In England, decades later, a reluctant mother prepares for the departure of her grown-up daughter as she cuts the ties of childhood.

The bittersweet experience of every parent as they try to teach their children to survive unites these women across the decades.

“It is an emotional rollercoaster which all parents will be able to empathise with,” said Janet.

“There are so many dilemmas in raising children and this play about child and parent relationships is likely to leave the audience thinking about their own family dynamics.”