21:30, Tue 20th – Thu 22nd November 2018 at Pembroke New Cellars
Michaelmas Week 7
West Germany, 1971. Petra von Kant is a successful and self-absorbed fashion designer whose career is sustained by the toil of her devoted assistant Marlene. But her narcissistic world is shattered when the beautiful ingénue Karin enters her life, and Petra suddenly finds herself overcome with passion and in danger of losing the grip on power she has so carefully cultivated. This play, by one of the most important dramatists of post-war Europe, explores sadism, masochism, and the ways in which control, obsession and dependency masquerade as love, as well as the relationship between identity and artifice in a world dominated by elaborate dress and ravishing decoration.