THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT tells the story of a damaging and emotionally brutal love affair between a fashion designer and her female muse and model.
Photos by Piper Huynh and Sarah Walker
Petra Von Kant lives with her personal assistant, Marlene, in a sadistically co-dependent relationship in which she exerts a casual power. Recently divorced , Petra displays a growing hardness towards love and a repulsion towards men and the domestic aspects of relationships. When Petra is introduced to a much younger woman, Karin, she is taken by surprise at the immediacy of her attraction to her. She quickly takes Karin under her wing and offers to help her build a career as a fashion model.
Petra quickly becomes besotted with Karin and they begin a passionate and unstable affair. The younger Karin exerts a natural power over the increasingly desperate Petra; the casual insouciance of her youth tortures Petra to the brink of self-loathing and madness.
Fassbinder’s preoccupations with the themes of love, mortality, sexuality, power and vanity are all on display in this seminal work from the renowned German film maker and playwright. We are forced to intimately watch as Petra is destroyed by the affair and, like her assistant Marlene, we are powerless help.
Produced by Dirty Pretty Theatre and directed by Gary Abrahams THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT provides a welcome return to the festival for the team who brought audiences the critically acclaimed ACTS OF DECEIT (BETWEEN STRANGERS IN A ROOM) as part of the Midsumma Festival in 2010.
Cast: Fantine Banulski, Luisa Hastings Edge, Uschi Felix, Anna May Samson, Nikki Shiels, Joanne Trentini
Director: Gary Abrahams
Set Designer: Romanie Harper
Costume Designer : Chloe Greeves
Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Designer: Chris Wenn
Venue: Theatre Works
Date: 29 Jan 2014 – 08 Feb 2014
Time: Wed-Sat 8pm, Tue 6.30pm, Sun 5pm & Sat 3pm matinee
Preview: Wed 29 Jan at 8pm