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Ben Gerrard, actor, looking into the camera

Oriel Group, HIT Productions and QUT Gardens Theatre present

I Am My Own Wife

Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright (Quills, Grey Gardens) began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transgender woman who, against all odds, survived two of the most oppressive regimes of the 20th century, the Nazis and the Communists. After hundreds of hours of interviews Wright emerged with this fascinating and breathtaking story of survival and identity.

In this one man tour de force, Wright uses more than 30 characters–all played here by Ben Gerrard (Molly, Wolf Creek 2) – to piece together Charlotte's controversial life. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Ben Gerrard owns the stage from the minute the lights go up. His ease with the non-stop and complex script is total; his command of character is mesmerising... An evening of truly entertaining theatre.


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