by Joanna Murray-Smith
Tom meets Charlotte in a bar. Tom’s a foreigner on his first trip to Berlin. Charlotte’s a beguiling bartender. They’re both young, smart and charismatic – and in the early hours, they end up back at Charlotte’s Prenzlauer Berg apartment. Over the course of the night, desire and longing dance hand in hand with devastating secrets. Are they just two young people falling in love, or are they contemporary victims of history’s undiluted reach?
Direction – Iain Sinclair
Assistant Director – Alastair Clark
Berlin was performed April and May 2021 at the Southbank Theatre (Sumner).
“Vital, intimate and sexy… a moody and sumptuously realised production.” – The Age
“Berlin tackles profoundly troubling matters head on with enormous success. Polarising, uplifting, devastating, hopeful and painful, this is an experience of lasting contemplation and genuine value… an extraordinary work.” – Australian Stage
“Berlin’s striking, wordless denouement takes the play beyond this apartment to countless other untold stories of loss… this play has hidden depths that intrigue to such an extent it invites a second viewing.” – Limelight
“A crackling two-hander… Cummings and Wahr are both terrific… Sinclair conducts the shifting dynamics brilliantly, so that even moments of high drama feel authentic.” – Time Out