Diane Samuels


Diane Samuels was born and raised in Liverpool. She currently lives in London where she has been writing extensively as a playwright and author since the early 1990s.

"KINDERTRANSPORT" won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, first produced by Soho Theatre Company in 1993. It has been translated into many languages, performed in the West End, Off Broadway and all over the world, revived in 2007 by Shared Experience Theatre Company. Now studied for A and A/S Level and set text for English Literature GCSE. Other plays include "THE TRUE-LIFE FICTION OF MATA HARI", Palace Theatre, Watford, 2002; "CINDERELLA'S DAUGHTER", Trestle Theatre tour, 2005; and "3 SISTERS ON HOPE STREET" (with actress Tracy-Ann Oberman), after Chekhov and inspired by Jewish community of her upbringing, co-produced by Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse and Hampstead Theatres, 2008. "THE ARREST OF ROSA GOLD", readings at National Theatre Studio, 2010, and Jewish Museum, 2012. "END OF ROMANCE", inspired by "The Last Man" by Mary Shelley, performed reading as part of the Mary Shelley Festival, Bournemouth. Stage version of SWINE, performed reading at Jewish Museum, 2013.

For younger audiences, her plays include "ONE HUNDRED MILLION FOOTSTEPS" for Quicksilver Theatre Company; "CHALK CIRCLE", "FRANKIE'S MONSTER" and "HOW TO BEAT A GIANT" at the Unicorn Theatre.

Diane has also written widely for BBC radio, plays including "SWINE", "DOCTOR Y", "WATCH OUT FOR MISTER STORK" and "HEN PARTY". In 2012, "TIGER WINGS", original drama based on pilot Joan Allen's 1948 solo flight from England to Singapore, broadcast as 5 part serial for Woman's Hour, Radio 4.

Diane has wide experience of teaching creative writing, lecturing at the universities of Birmingham, Reading, Oxford, Goldsmiths' college and running workshops for IATE (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education), Alternatives, Theatre Royal Haymarket and the National Gallery. She was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Westminster, 2008 to 2011, and visiting lecturer at Regents College, London, from 2013. She runs a regular writers group and is writer-in-residence at Grafton Primary School in Islington, north London.

Diane was one of a creative team awarded a Science on Stage and Screen Award by the Wellcome Trust in 2001 leading to "PUSH", The People Show Studios, 2003. Short story, "ROPE", broadcast as one of the 2002 winners of BBC Radio 4's online short story competition. Writer and presenter "INTER-RAIL POSTCARDS", BBC Radio 3. Interactive writing installation, "IN YOUR OWN WORDS" for Battersea Arts Centre's One on One Festival, 2011. As Pearson Creative Research Fellow 2004/5 at the British Library, completed research into magic, booklet "A WRITER'S MAGIC NOTEBOOK", pub. 2006.

Recently, Diane has been working on 2 full-length pieces of musical theatre. Book and lyrics for "PERSEPHONE (A LOVE STORY)", with composer Maurice Chernick, Arts Council England funding for staged readings at Rosemary Branch theatre, 2013. Book for 'THE A-Z OF MRS P", music/lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, world premiere at Southwark Playhouse, Feb/Mar 2014.

Her author's guide to "Kindertransport" in Nick Hern Books' "STAGE TO PAGE" series is published in 2013.

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Andrew Hall


Andrew has worked extensively as an actor and director across Theatre, TV and Film.

In 2012 he directed Hall and Childs' successful and critically applauded UK tour of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Haunting Julia'. He also directed the European premiere of John Morogiello's 'Engaging Shaw' in Vienna.

His production of Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' (starring Matthew Kelly) was a critical and commercial success at Trafalgar Studios in 2009.

Other directing credits include: The Entertainer (Lichfield Garrick), Table Manners (Theatre West), In Flame (Yvonne Arnaud and Jermyn Street), Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, (Vienna) Silly Cow, The Sea, The Rover, Adam Bede,(Guildford for GSA) Huis Clos (Belgrade Coventry), The Collector (Almeida), An Evening with Gary Lineker (UK No 1 Tour), Empty the Thought Bubble (Jermyn Street), Shakespeare and Seduction (Mountview), Love Play (ALRA), Conception and FAKT (WiseBody), Diversity Matters (Veredus)

Juliet Shillingford

Set and Costume Designer

Juliet trained at Ravensbourne and Croydon Colleges of Art and was awarded an Arts Council Bursary. She has designed around 100 productions ranging from small scale touring for New Perspectives in the East Midlands to larger scale at Curve, Leicester.

Her recent credits include Hitchcock, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Butterfly Lion (Mercury Colchester/Curve, Leicester) Entertaining Angels, The Honey Man, Dolly, Faith Healer and On Saturdays this Bed is Poland (New Perspectives) God of Carnage, Alchemy in the UK, Betrayal, Peeler, Playboy of the Western World and The House of Bernarda Alba (Nuffield, Southampton) Absurd Person Singular, Molly Sweeney, Translations, The Long Road, The Lieutenant of Innishmore and The Pillowman (Curve, Leicester).

Exhibitions include PQ07 Prague Quadrennial where Juliet's design for School for Wives was chosen to be part of the UK exhibit. She also had two designs chosen to be part of Collaborators: UK Design for Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum 2007-8.

Matthew Eagland

Lighting Designer

Matthew trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before eventually heading the lighting departments of both the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (Guildford) and Cambridge Arts Theatre, and has subsequently designed the lighting for more than one hundred productions throughout the UK and around the World.

Recent productions include: September in the Rain National Tour, Mansfield Park National Tour, The West End Men The Vaudeville, I Lombardi UCO, Alan Ayckbourn's Intimate Exchanges cycle of plays at the Mercury Colchester, Flow at the Print Room, Haunting Julia Tour, Derren Brown's Svengali, Cool Hand Luke Aldwych Theatre, and Broken Glass Vaudeville Theatre.

Other highlights... Plays: Terre Haute (Trafalgar Studios and 59E59 Theater, New York), The Secret of Sherlock Holmes Duchess Theatre, Our Man in Havana for Nottingham Playhouse, Carrie's War at The Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Darwin in Malibu (Birmingham Rep), Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Nottingham Playhouse), My Boy Jack (National tour), An Hour and a Half Late (Theatre Royal Bath Productions), Little Women (Duchess Theatre) and Copenhagen (Watford Palace). Musicals: Assassin's, A Little Night Music, Company, Grand Hotel (Royal Academy of Music) Alfie (Watford Palace) and Murderous Instincts (Savoy Theatre). Opera: La Traviata, L Elisir di Amore, La Finta Semplice, Jacko's Hour, The Long Christmas Dinner and The Dinner Engagement (double bill), L'Heure Espagnol and Gianni Schicchi (double bill).

Matthew Bugg


Matthew has written and produced Miss Nightingale, a new musical which has just completed a 12 week UK Tour.

His other work includes: Volcano, Three Men In a Boat, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes (West End) Go Back for Murder, The Handyman, Barefoot in the Park, Murder on the Nile; Alarms and Excursions; Star Quality; Verdict; Lark Rise to Candleford; Quartet; The Hound of the Baskervilles; My Brilliant Divorce; Northanger Abbey; Jamaica Inn, Angelina Ballerina (UK Tour); The Father; (The Belgrade, Coventy) The League of Youth; All Quiet on the Western Front; To Reach the Clouds; Because It's There; The Mill on the Floss; Wonderful Tennessee; Polygraph (Nottingham Playhouse); The Invention of Love; Barbarians; Secret Rapture (Salisbury Playhouse); Vanity Fair (Northcott, Exeter); Northanger Abbey; Amadeus (Theatre Royal York); A Family Affair; Double Indemnity; The Glass Menagerie (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Rumpelstiltskin; Great Expectations; Duck! (Unicorn Theatre); A Perfect Ganesh; The True Life Fiction of Mata Hari (Palace, Watford); Richard III; Don Juan on Trial; The Provok'd Wife; Uncle Vanya (Mercury theatre, Colchester); The Canterbury Tales (Northern Broadsides UK Tour); The Firebird (Bolton, Octagon); Little Wolf's Book of Badness (Hampstead) The Impostor (Plymouth Theatre Royal).

Matthew also performed the role of Ariel in The Tempest for Nottingham Playhouse.

Kate Plantin CDG

Casting Director

Theatre Credits include: STORM IN A FLOWER VASE (Arts Theatre),THE HANDYMAN (Tour) THE FATHER (Belgrade, Coventry), FEVER PITCH (Tour), OF MICE AND MEN (Tour), TOUCHING THE BLUE (Edinburgh), LONE STAR AND PRIVATE WARS (Kings Head), MARILYN AND ELLA (Edinburgh and London), TEENAGE KICKS (Edinburgh), ON THE ISLAND OF AARS (Edinburgh), JOAN RIVERS – A WORK IN PROGRESS (Edinburgh and London), TELSTAR which Kate also co-produced in the West End and for which Con O'Neill was nominated for an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Joe Meek. HAUNTED (Arts Theatre), ROAD TO NIRVANA (Kings Head), THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK (Southwark and Manchester Royal Exchange), ON YOUR TOES (Royal Festival Hall), FOLLIES (Royal Festival Hall).

Film Credits include: INDEX ZERO (Margherita Films), GONE TOO FAR(Poisson Rouge), OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ(Black Camel). THE TIMBER(ANA Media), LE WEEKEND(Poisson Rouge), OUTPOST: BLACK SUN (Black Camel), THE WICKER TREE(British Lion), SIREN(Poisson Rouge), THE HIDE(Poisson Rouge), WALLED IN (Leomax), BOOK OF BLOOD(Matador ), PRINCESS KA'IULANI(Matador ), TELSTAR: THE JOE MEEK STORY (Aspiration Films), CITY RATS(Face Films), OUTPOST(Black Camel), SENSELESS(Matador ), DARK CORNERS(Matador ), BLIND DATING(Samuel Goldwyn Films), TURISTAS (Eagle Pictures), SEED OF CHUCKY(Rogue Pictures), 8MM2(Screen Gems), THE CONCLAVE (Saltire ), OUT ON A LIMB (Theta), METHOD (ASE), CHAOS AND CADAVERS(Matador ), ANOTHER LIFE(Alibi).


Hall and Childs


In 2008 Andrew Hall directed Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' starring Matthew Kelly as George and Tracey Childs as Martha at The Lichfield Garrick.

When the production was offered a run at The Trafalgar Studios the following Spring, Andrew and Tracey joined forces to produce the transfer themselves. The show received rave reviews and enjoyed a sell-out season.

Andrew and Tracey discovered they enjoyed producing together and made a great team. So, a new partnership came into being. They produced 'Haunting Julia' at Riverside Studios in the Summer of 2011 and went on to mount a very successful UK tour of the production in 2012.

Tracey is proud and grateful to have been supported by the Stage One Bursary Scheme and the Stage One Start-Up Fund. She has recently been appointed to the Board of the Colchester Mercury Theatre.

The producers of Kindertransport wish to acknowledge financial support from Stage One, a registered charity that invests in new commercial productions. Stage One supports new UK theatre producers and productions, and is committed to securing the future of commercial theatre through educational and investment schemes. Stage One would like to thank the Society of London Theatre and theatre producers and owners who voluntarily contribute to the levy – all of which support the Investment Scheme. For further information please visit, call 020 7557 6737 or follow us on Twitter @stageonenewprod.

Stage One is the operating name of the Theatre Investment Fund Ltd, a registered charity no.271349.

Stage One is also proud to award a Start-Up Fund to Tracey Childs for KINDERTRANSPORT The Start-Up Fund is an investment scheme that aims to kick-start the careers of outstanding new commercial theatre producers by awarding them an investment of up to £50,000 for a West End or Commercial Touring Production. The Fund is supported by individuals, trusts and businesses that care about the future lifeblood of commercial theatre. For more information please visit

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The Belgrade Theatre

Associate Producers

The Belgrade Theatre was built in 1958 as part of the reconstruction of Coventry after World War II. Holding 858 in its two-tier main auditorium, and 250-300 in the flexible, new second space, B2, it remains one of the largest regional producing theatres in Britain.

The Belgrade soon became renowned for its programme of exciting new drama and early Company members at the theatre included Trevor Nunn, Ian McKellen, Joan Plowright, Michael Crawford, Frank Finlay and Leonard Rossiter, with Arnold Wesker and David Turner among the new dramatists.

Autumn 2007 saw the re-opening of the Belgrade Theatre after completion of its £14 million redevelopment project, including the creation of B2, and refurbishment of the existing listed building.

The Theatre remains the major arts and cultural facility in Coventry and the only building-based professional producing theatre company in the city. It aims to present a broad spectrum of excellent work and produces a wide range of shows.

Having started the Theatre-in-Education (TIE) movement in the 1960s, the Belgrade also continues to pioneer new initiatives in this field as well as other community and outreach programmes.

The current Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Hamish Glen, was appointed to the theatre in March 2003, bringing with him an ambitious artistic policy and a pledge to bring rarely performed classics to the West Midlands. Amongst others, the theatre has produced Brecht’s comedy, Mr. Puntila and His Man Matti, Pains of Youth by Ferdinand Bruckner, Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, directed by Trevor Nunn, The Hypochondriac and The Miser by Moliere, Strindberg’s The Father and William Inge’s The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.

A champion of new writing the Belgrade has also given voice to numerous playwrights including William Ivory (Bomber’s Moon) and Geoff Thompson (Fragile). Not forgetting its local ties, the theatre also works with local writers to produce plays specifically for local audiences, such as Alan Pollock’s Coventry Blitz play One Night in November, his follow up, Too Much Pressure, which was set amid the decline of the city’s motor car industry; and Nick Walker’s FA Cup play We Love You City.

Despite the ongoing economic pressure, the theatre’s bold in-house programme remains as strong as ever. This year has seen successful productions of Gogol’s Marriage, a new version of Chekhov’s first play, Sons Without Fathers, a new musical, The Prodigals and most recently the return of hit Coventry Blitz play One Night in November.


For The Booking Office Ltd

Associate Producers

The Booking Office was established in 1996 by Managing Director Paul Tyrer, and quickly established itself as the leading booking agency for touring productions in the UK.

Since its formation, Paul has worked with almost every leading producer and has been involved with numerous successful productions.

In 2008, Paul was joined by General Manager Jamie Clark, formerly Head of Touring for Bill Kenwright Ltd, to head a new division to expand the company into Producing and General Management. Since that time The Booking Office has produced a variety of shows including 'Don't Stop Believin' – A Tribute To Glee' (UK Tour), 'The Original Tribute To The Blues Brothers' (UK Tour), 'Rhinestone Mondays' (UK Tour), Alan Ayckbourn's 'Haunting Julia' (UK Tour), Stiles and Drewe's 'Soho Cinders' (Soho Theatre), Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret (UK Tour)

They are currently producing 'September In The Rain' written and directed by John Godber and starring Claire Sweeney and John Thomson. Future productions include 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be' directed by Terry Johnson and they are developing a new musical, 'Pieces of String' directed by Craig Revel-Horwood. The Booking Office are thrilled to be working with 'Hall & Childs' once again on the production of 'Kindertransport'.