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I Am My Own Wife
Prime Cut Productions and the MAC present I Am My Own Wife.
“John Cronin gives a tour de force as Charlotte and almost 40 other characters who play a part in her story.”
**** Belfast Telegraph
“Prime Cut’s retelling of the Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf story is the MAC’s ‘finest achievement since launching’”
Terry Blain, Culture NI
“When you read about ‘I am my own wife’…that it’s about a German transvestite, well, your brain just wonders. Nothing could be further from what’s in your head though and if you think it’s not your thing and you don’t see this, then you are missing out on a very intriguing, poignant and wonderful play.”
Jeff Meredith, Belfast Times
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A one woman show, performed by a man – one actor, thirty six characters and one incredible life story.
Fascinating, playful and utterly compelling, I Am My Own Wife tells the story of the choices people make in order to survive. Based on a true story and inspired by interviews conducted by playwright Doug Wright, over several years, I Am My Own Wife is the real-life tale of German transvestite Charlotte Von Mahsldorf. Charlotte lived openly as a cross-dresser for almost her entire life under two of the most conformist regimes of the 20th century, Nazism and Communism.
Doug Wright heard of Charlotte’s story and was mesmerised from the beginning. He contacted Charlotte and they first met in Germany in 1993. It was here that Doug began to uncover the amazing story of Charlotte’s life as a sexual libertarian, compulsive collector of 19th century antiques, German celebrity and indeed some of the darker revelations of her survival during the occupation. An enigmatic and morally ambiguous heroine, Doug quickly realised that the story had the makings of a winning Broadway play.
The play has received much praise and multiple awards, receiving both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2004.
Award-winning theatre company Prime Cut Productions, together with the MAC, is bringing the fascinating story to Belfast for the first time.
Join the Director, Emma Jordan, along with lead actor, John Cronin, for a discussion about the making of the show.
Audio Described Show: 3 October
Captioned Show: 4 October
Further details on how to register on our Access Charter or accessing the venue, please visit the Accessing the MAC section.
Starring John Cronin (Glengarry Glen Ross, Richard III)
Directed by Emma Jordan
Designed by Ciaran Bagnall
Sound Design by Phillip Stewart
“When, at the end of the play, the audience rises to a spontaneous round of applause, I’m with them for my first ever standing ovation. It’s the natural thing to do because it’s the only thing to do. Go and see this play.”
John Higgins, NI Scene
“A fascinating show brought to the audience by an exceptional young actor.”
Anne Hailes, Irish News
“I am now intrigued and want to find out more about Charlotte…and surely to incite that kind of curiosity from me is an indication of an intriguing and touching story.”
Jeff Meredith, Belfast Times