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Treasure trove leads to play on tragic Eva

WHEN the niece of a German Jewish refugee discovered a treasure trove of poems, short stories and plays hidden away, she probably never realised that they would end up forming the basis of the play Eva, to be performed at Leeds Playhouse next Friday and Saturday.

When Maggie Shallis was moving her late mother Ilse Mann into a nursing home, she cleared out her attic and discovered a box.

However, it was several years later that she got round to reading the contents of this box.

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