Photo - Peteris Ciemitis
No stranger to the songs of Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler, Robyn Archer has been internationally acclaimed for her English language interpretations of their work since the 1980s.
This current program sees her look at a very specific period in German and world history - in essence the years 1920 to 1933 - Berlin between the wars.
Accompanied by five musicians including Musical Director Michael Morley and accordionist George Butrumlis, Robyn takes the audience on a musical and historical journey that begins with the carefree, light-hearted ditties of the early 1920s and ends with the dark storm clouds of the 1930s.
Using references and amusing anecdotes throughout, we learn that the successful Brecht/Weill partnership included much music borrowed (stolen) from other sources, including opera - Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Bizet's Carmen to name just two.
The ground-breaking Threepenny Opera and Happy Days are featured highlights in the show as well as Falling in Love Again, made famous by Marlene Dietrich, and sung superbly in German and English.
This intelligent and moving presentation had the capacity crowd listening appreciatively and demanding two encores.
2010 Adelaide Cabaret Festival presents
Berlin Between The Wars
Starring Robyn Archer
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
Date/Time: 13 June 4pm
Bookings: Bass 131 246