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Thursday 28 February

Diane Samuels in conversation with Ruth Barnett

At Hampstead Theatre

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A free audio file for this event will be available here soon.


Playwright Diane Samuels (right) talked to psychotherapist Ruth Barnett (left) about her new play, 3 Sisters on Hope Street. The play was co-written with Tracy Ann Oberman and is playing at Hampstead Theatre from 21 February to 29 March. A poignant take on Chekhov’s classic, it tells the story of three sisters in Liverpool in 1946; their family relationship, their loves and their search for meaning in a rapidly changing world.

An recording of the event will be available from this site shortly. Hear about the inspiration behind the play, its themes of hope and despair, utopian beliefs and the search for fulfilment in life. Diane also talks about the writing process and how 3 Sisters on Hope Street was a return to her own roots.


Diane Samuels studied history at Sidney Sussex college, Cambridge and worked as a drama teacher and an education officer at the Unicorn Theatre for children before becoming a full-time writer in 1992. She has written many plays for stage and radio, including Kindertransport, co-winner of the 1992 Verity Bargate Award and winner of the 1993 Meyer Whitworth Award.

Ruth Barnett came to England from Berlin on the Kindertransport in 1939 at the age of four. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has worked in private practice for 27 years. She is also Clinical Director of Raphael Jewish Counselling Service. Ruth runs seminars on Holocaust education and genocide awareness for schools, therapy training and other groups.

To book for 3 Sisters on Hope Street visit Hampstead Theatre's website



Women's Therapy Centre

With funding from the Developing Psychoanalytic Practice and Training Program (DPPT)
of the International Psychoanalytical Association

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