The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Arts and Law, Arts and Science Festival, Performance
Thursday 19th (19:30) - Saturday 21st March 2015 (19:30)
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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Translated by Denis Calandra. Directed by Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman of Little Earthquake.

Marking the 70th anniversary of Fassbinder’s birth, Little Earthquake joins forces with the University to stage the Birmingham premiere of this classic melodrama from the boozed-up bisexual bad boy of German cinema. 

Petra von Kant is the queen of the Bremen fashion scene, and having buried one husband and divorced her second, she unexpectedly finds love in the form of Karin, a much younger woman who becomes her model and her muse.

But when home truths start to flow along with the gin and tonics, the stage is set for Petra’s downward spiral into self-destruction, all set to a sizzling soundtrack of German kitsch pop classics.

Performance Dates

Thursday 19 March - Saturday 21 March 2015 at 19:30

Saturday 21 March 2015 at 14:00

Ticket prices

£8 (£6 concessionary rate) 

Concessionary tickets available to: Full time Students, UoB Staff, Under 16’s and over 60’s. Only one discount is available per ticket and valid ID must be presented where applicable.

Booking Information

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Please note any bookings made by telephone must be collected and paid for by no later than 20 minutes prior to the performance or the tickets will be released for resale. No payment can be taken over the phone.

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Contact Information

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
George Cadbury Hall
University of Birmingham
998 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
B29 6LG

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About our productions

The Department of Drama and Theatre Arts is a leader in the integrated academic and practical study of drama, performance and theatre arts. Students gain first-hand experience using and testing the language of performance in a variety of specialist study and practical modules. The department offers a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts. Postgraduate programmes include research degrees by thesis including PhD and MRes in Drama and Theatre, MRes in Directing and an MRes in Playwriting Studies. 

Each year the Department stages a season of plays closely tied to its academic and practical work. Productions are performed by third year undergraduates and supported in lighting, sound, design/costume and stage management by second and first year students. Plays are directed either by members of the Department or guest directors from the professional theatre. Productions will be staged in the departments own performance venue George Cadbury Hall.

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