“A winningly big-hearted new play that explores gender and identity at a time of huge change... funny but deeply moving.” —The Stage
“Fascinating... Erotic tension combines with social argument... the climactic scenes have real power... moments of gorgeous sensuality.” —Guardian
A romantic drama with music inspired by the days of music hall and beyond, from the author of the modern classic Kindertransport. Poppy + George is a beguiling romance that draws on a world of female impersonators, popular song and double entendre. It was first performed at the Watford Palace Theatre in February 2016.
It is 1919. The Great War is over and Poppy Wright arrives in London to make her mark on the world. In the East End, she finds work in Smith's tailor and costumiers workshop, where she falls for the dashing chauffeur George.
Emerging from the losses of war, Poppy finds a new role to play in forging a modern era
Diane Samuels is a playwright whose work has been widely produced. Her play Kindertransport won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, and was first produced by the Soho Theatre Company in 1993. Subsequently it has been translated into many languages, performed in the West End, Off-Broadway and all over the world, and revived numerous times. Other plays include: The True-Life Fiction of Mata Hari (Watford Palace Theatre, 2002); Cinderella’s Daughter (Trestle Theatre tour, 2005); 3 Sisters on Hope Street with Tracy-Ann Oberman (co-produced by Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse and Hampstead Theatres, 2008) and Poppy + George (Watford Palace Theatre, 2016).