Weimar Germany – economic chaos, political turmoil and cultural innovation. A time of sexual liberation and creative flair, played out in the joyful decadence of the cabaret clubs to the melody and rhythm of the jazz age. Seven women, each representing an aspect of the fragile era, in which Germany danced toward the storm that was to come. The international film star Marlene Deitrich, the infamous cross dresser Claire Waldoff, the cabaret legend Blandine Ebinger, dancer and performance artist Anita Berber, socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg and avant-garde performer Valeska Gert consist a cast of characters who characterised the spirit of an age. An age written in sand as the tidal wave that was to engulf the world fast drew near.
Halbwelt Kultur explores and displays this world through a series of seven vignettes each centering on these women who were later labeled as degenerates by the Nazi regime and were either exiled, imprisoned or killed. A melancholic ballet transforms into politically charged Brechtian number, which flows into a cheeky Charleston and in turn fuses into a tragic torch-song. Each emerges from a tight ensemble of burlesque clad women building up to evoke a time, a place, a mood and an era.
Halbwelt Kultur enjoyed a sell out run at The New Wimbledon Studio in April and was afterwards part of Ruby In The Dust’s Hutch at Riverside Studios.
PK Productions was founded in 2009 by Patrick Kennedy and aims to develop new writing and stage barely produced but socially significant plays and music. Patrick Kennedy is a London based theatre producer and director. A research scholar in twentieth century American actor training techniques, he completed an comprehensive research project into Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg for the University of Birmingham. There he directed a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, implementing the rehearsal techniques of Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler
Halbwelt Kultur is one half of Jermyn Street Theatre’s Christmas programme, the other being Death Ship 666 which shows earlier in the evening. Together they complete Jermyn Street Theatre’s autumn season following The Potsdam Quartet by David Pinner directed by the theatre’s artistic director Anthony Biggs and Steven Berkoff’s Religion And Anarchy, a visceral study of modern day anti-Semitism.
PK Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre present Halbwelt Kultur
With music by By Director Patrick Kennedy
Jermyn Street Theatre
Tuesday 26th November to -Sunday 15th December
Tuesday to Saturday 9:00pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 5:00pm
Tickets: £18/ £15 concession
Box office 0207 287 2875
and online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
Thursday 31st October 2013