A Woman In Berlin
16 November 2010 – 28 November 2010 Tower Theatre
Adapted from the diary A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City by Anonymous
New Adaptation Theatre
As the Red Army rolls into Berlin, an unnamed woman waits for the inevitable. The conquest of the city is only the beginning of a new war, one in which the vanquished will be claimed by the victors? Hailed as one of the most powerful and important accounts of a woman's experience of war, A Woman in Berlin has only gained in its ability to shock and impress itself more than half a century later. The voice of this anonymous, brilliant account slips between pitiless honesty and lyrical elegance, all the while daring to stare its unthinkable subject in the eye.
"A WOMAN IN BERLIN IS SUCCINCT THANKS TO THE CLARITY (AND GALLOWS HUMOUR) OF THE RAW MATERIAL AND PENMAN'S INTELLIGENT, JUDICIOUSLY EMOTIONAL PERFORMANCE."
— Sydney Morning Herald
Publicity still for "A Woman in Berlin". Meredith Penman. Photographer: Andy Baker
The presentation is supported by the Goethe Institut Sydney, as part of Berlin Dayz. This adaptation was originally developed with the participation and support of B Sharp at Company B Belvoir.