An intoxicating mix of theatre, cabaret and drag, this critically acclaimed one-(wo)man show – a 100% sold-out hit at VAULT Festival 2018 - uses music, stories and songs including Falling in Love Again, Lili Marlene, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, and Boys in the Backroom, to reveal a Hollywood icon’s extraordinary commitment to duty.
Born in Berlin in 1901, Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich soon became a Hollywood legend, and the most famous German woman in the world. However, when World War II was declared, she was forced to choose between the country that she loved, and what she knew was right. Renouncing her German citizenship, Dietrich joined the American Army and fought against her homeland in order to free her people from Hitler. With an American smile and Prussian discipline she would entertain GIs in an evening dress, then put on a combat uniform and head to the front.
As our political landscape becomes more polarised this timely story of duty asks questions about our own moral and ethical obligations, and explores how the fight for freedom can take many forms; whether in a sequin gown, combat uniform, or as a man in a wig.
Peter Groom said: “I’m keen to dissect the use of drag in theatre and explore a way in which drag becomes not just a novelty but an important device / tool in order to help tell a story. I’ve assembled a team that have a strong theatre background and a strong theatrical sensibility to make sure the piece has a strong narrative within the cabaret style framework it is presented in.”
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“Absolute tour de force, breathtaking” ★★★★★ GayUK“Into