Here's some words from Lucy Hewitt, aged seven, pictured right:
'I love being in Cat & Mouse. It is a story about what happened to the children and their parents during the Second World War in Poland.
'It is an emotional and tragic story about the Jewish people in the concentration camps. But we are acting this as the Jews being mice and the Germans being cats. I think this is good as I think children like me understand this better.
'When people come to see Cat & Mouse they will learn that Hitler and the Nazis were not very nice. They did bad things to the Jewish people, and lots of people died and children died as well, or were left with no mummies and daddies, and if I didn't have a mummy and daddy who would look after me? That makes me sad.
'What I like about doing Cat & Mouse is that we are all from different schools and there are teenagers who are also taking part, we all get along with each other, which makes me feel good and happy. I also like it that although it is a serious play it does have some funny bits in the story which make me laugh.
'People should come see this because we should all remember why and how it happened and to also see what children like us can do.
'So as children grow up in today's world, we must stop and think about how we treat people.'
Well, Lucy I want to say a big thanks to you and your friends for all your hard work, which I saw at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, last night (Jan 27) with my daughter and her daughters, aged ten and seven, the same age as you.
They were very sad, but they thought some of the dancing was really good. They loved the way you all pretended to be a train, and their grandfather was very impressed by the whole thing. It was all effectively done in what grown-ups call physical theatre with a single narrator telling the story of one boy and his imaginary world of mice.
The show (which the professional critic in me thinks could be cut by about 20 minutes) has been put together by Imagineer Productions as part of Coventry's Holocaust Memorial Day 2009 events. There's more detail here and here. Also worth browsing here.
The Coventry show runs until February 14 and part of its great value will be the outreach work done in local schools during workshops to devise the production. Huge thanks to Coventry Council for funding along with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
It was our first visit to the Belgrade since refurbishment and we were very impressed with the B2 space, using an effective thrust stage configuration for this production.
The show's message of making sure succeeding generations understand the implications of the Holocaust comes over loud and clear and will reinforce the work being done in schools this week. All right and proper.
We had had terrible trouble with jams on the motorway getting to Coventry, so we switched the radio on for traffic news on our homeward journey last night. We heard about the new outbreak of fighting and more deaths in the Middle East. Fortunately my grandchildren had their iPods on, so didn't register the news. After what we'd just seen, I couldn't face trying to explain.