The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

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Original title in German Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant, a play in five acts by the German playwright Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982)

The original text

First performed in 1972 by Action Theater, Munich.

Translations and adaptations

Translated from the German by Anthony Vivis.

Performance history in South Africa

1976: Produced at The Space (Cape Town) in December 1976, directed by Dimitri Nicolas-Fanourakis (assisted by Dorrian McLaren) and featuring Ingrid Adams, Fiona Baigrie, Yvonne Bryceland, Joyce Burch, Andrea Fine and Val Fletcher. Lighting by Brian Astbury, stage management by Faruk Hoosain and design by Maciek Miszewski , using the latest range by prominent local coutourier Elzbieta Rosenwerth. The production also did well at the box office with local audiences as well as tourists.

1990: Presented by CAPAB Drama at the Nico Arena opening 19 January 1990. Directed by Marthinus Basson, setting and furnishing by Francois du Plessis of Conglomerate, costumes by Dee Whayte of Deefrock, lighting by Des Spijker, stage manager Hannelie de Beer. The cast: Antoinette Kellermann (Petra von Kant), Pauline O'Kelly (Marlene), Sandra Temmingh (Sidonie von Grasenabb), Claire Berlein (Karin Timm), Elma van Wijk (Gabriele von Kant), Joey de Koker (Valerie von Kant).


Astbury 1979.

Theatre programme, 1990.

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