I Am My Own Wife

The Lisa half of Handsome and Pretty has been in Belfast for the past 5 weeks working as an assistant director on the show,

I Am My Own Wife

It opens tonight!

(Actor John Cronin as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf)

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.

We may be a little biased … But we think you should definitely go!

Performances run until 6 October. Book your tickets!

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