Dietrich - Natural Duty returns to London
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Cabaret - Off-West End
Created and performed by Peter Groom, this Vault Festival 5 star-rated, sell-out show makes a welcome return to London at Wilton's Music Hall this November.
Photo by Matt Jamie
"... a riveting and well-honed performance that offers real insights into an icon of the 20th century ... Mr Groom provides an authentic and mesmerisingly glamorous impersonation of the film and stage star in both his consummate delivery of a considerable number of her much-loved songs, as well as recounting extraordinary events from her life story ..."
So said our reviewer about Dietrich - Natural Duty at the Vault Festival back in January this year.
And now you have another chance to catch Peter Groom's powerful and mesmerising performance as the show lands at Wilton's Music Hall for a short run this November - full details below.
Dietrich - Natural Duty is a heady but revealing mix of theatre, cabaret and drag that takes us inside the life of the legend that was Marlene Dietrich.
Here's the trailer for the show ...
About the performer ...
Peter Groom is an actor, dancer and choreographer working mainly with dance and theatre.
Graduating Guildford School of Acting in 2013, he has worked both the UK and internationally (dance credits include:One Side to the Other Akram Khan Company, acting credits include: MEAT Schaubuhne Berlin, Romeo and Juliet and Sherlock Holmes Aquila Theatre, New York).
Alongside this he began to create his own devised work.
Peter has been supported as artist in residence at Battersea Arts Centre, received commissions from IdeasTap, Royal Philharmonic Society, Random Acts, and is currently Associate Choreographic Dance Maker at DanceCity, Newcastle for 2016/17.
Peter's latest work Go Away Johnny, funded by Arts Council England, premiered at DanceCity, Newcastle in March 2017 and will tour nationally in late 2018.
Peter started working as a drag performer in 2016 with performances at Battersea Arts Centre, The Glory and Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
He writes his own material, a mixture of spoken word, comedy and song parodies.
It is 1942, on the battlefields of North Africa, in a gold sequin gown, Marlene Dietrich takes to the stage to launch her own offensive against the German Reich.
For the next three years she would fight the war her way, with an irresistible mix of songs, sequins, sex and sympathy.
This real life tale of a legend takes us through the Weimar Republic, the Golden age of Hollywood, the Rise of Hitler, a world on the edge of collapse, and a long journey back to Berlin where it all began.
Markus Napier - Voice of Goebbels
Author: Created by Peter Groom; co-written by Oliver Gully
Director: Oliver Gully
Costume designer: Kathleen Nellis
Lighting: Fraser Craig
Sound: Kieran Lucas
From: Monday 19 November 2018
Closed: Saturday 24 November 2018
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