A new play by Peter Clements & Oliver Dawe

4-21 October 2017 | Showroom Big Space | 7.30pm (7pm on Friday 20 Oct) | £5-£15

Running time: approx. 1 hour, 50 mins with interval

  • Frau Welt at Hackney Showroom
    Frau Welt | 4-21 October

“At once darkly funny and touchingly sympathetic, Frau Welt is one of those all-too-rare things in modern queer theatre; unique!” – QX Magazine

The infamous, international shape-shifter Frau Welt tells her story for the first and last time in this genre-busting new play.

In anticipation of her retirement, join the cult of Frau Welt worshippers to experience the egomaniacal Midas touch of this grande dame of the theatre. From Weimar Berlin to Broadway stardom, her secret is finally exposed.

Frau Welt’s story charts her struggle to the top, from the discovery of her love for the theatre and humble beginnings in Weimar Berlin to her life on Broadway, cementing her place as a true icon and national treasure. But all is not what it seems. Horrifying revelations about her duplicitous past turns her world, and ours, upside down.

Frau Welt is a play about the outsider and the consequences of a life excluded. It examines the masks we wear in our search for acceptance and belonging.

Unique in form, this one (wo)man play places the traditions and tropes of drag cabaret straight into the heart of a narrative-led drama.

Frau Welt Peter Clements
Director Oliver Dawe
Designer Jo Scotcher
Lighting Designer Joshua Pharo
Movement Jane Gibson
Associate Designer Amelia Jane Hankin
Sound Design Owen Crouch
Dramaturg Tim Crouch
Photography Holly Revell

About Peter Clements & Oliver Dawe:
Hackney Showroom Associate Artists Peter Clements and and Oliver Dawe met while
training at Drama Centre London. Since then, the pair have worked on several
productions together. Frau Welt was born out of their mutual desire to collaborate
closely as performer and director to create a piece of theatre that pushes the
boundaries of form and genre.

“For anyone who wants to watch superb theatre…for anyone who likes to laugh at the absurdity of life… Mein lieblings…just go!” – The LGBTQ Arts Review ★★★★★

“A joy to watch” – To Do List ★★★★★

“When I think back on the great theatre I’ve seen in my life, this will be what I remember.” Mermania ★★★★★

See what audiences are saying about Frau Welt:

Film by Fenella Corrin.

Watch the Frau Welt Trailer:


Part of And What? Queer. Arts. Festival. 2017

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