Theatre (historical, international)

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A fictitious talk show with a live audience, featuring a guest from the afterlife. Impossible? Maybe exactly as impossible as the image of the ideal woman, a topic that the play seeks to address. The highlight of the evening: Käthe Petersen. A seemingly selfless social worker who was active between the years 1932 and 1966 in Germany. Behind the facade of medals lies a bottomless pit... Against the backdrop of this historical figure, we put concepts such as female sexual self-determination up for discussion.

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Franz 115 days ago

Not to be missed show about a tough German woman working in the Nazi caretaking system. Fulfillment of one's duty and involvement in Nazi crimes are told by Käthe Petersen who successfully made a career even in post-war Germany. How has she - as a woman - pursued her career breaking through contemporary stereotpyes on the one hand, on the other hand how has she reinforced and imposed these stereotypes about women in a power-conscious way? An until now almost unknwon strong contradictory personality is presented in this smart high-quality performance.

Tim M 117 days ago

I highly recommend this piece. It is a surprising and shocking realisation of this character, meticulously researched and skillfully delivered. The physical and emotional embodiment of Kathe Petersen, so cold and tight, was precise, detailed and highly effective. A story I knew nothing about, but one which displays attitudes and prejudices wrapped in the warped, absolute logic of the era but presented in a way that echoes some that we hear today. An absorbing hour.

Richard Daniels 117 days ago

An imaginative and effective way of presenting an individual from the days of pre and post war Germany, who effectively decided the path which lead to the fate of a great many women during these eventful years. The revelation for me was that Käthe Petersen was promoting commonly held views on the treatment of women but in an environment which was especially harsh with devastating results on those victims. A well presented show revealing a chapter from recent years, which deserves to be seen by a wider audience.

Nigel Osner 125 days ago

This was both an entertaining and a shocking story about someone I had never heard of. It was all the more shocking because it about a woman only too willing other women badly both in and beyond the second world war. She was yet another example of someone in apparent denial about what was happening and who was never brought to justice, yet may be she was genuinely just doing her job. The story is expertly portrayed and there are laughs along the way, as well as lovely period touches in music and advertisements. You should see and learn.

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 103 days ago

Käthe Petersen sits alone on the stage. She’s a well-read woman; a nurse, a social worker, honoured by post-war West Germany for her compassion and charity. But she was also a Nazi, who sent thousands of women to modern-day workhouses for nothing more than having sex with the wrong man....

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FringeReview 133 days ago

One of the joys of the Fringe is discovering a show about someone you have never heard of; a glimpse into history, someone whose life and actions have rippled on down through the years. Taboo is one such show. Using the device of a television talk show, this one woman...

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