After a sell-out Sydney season at the Old Fitz Theatre, Oriel Group’s critically acclaimed production of I Am My Own Wife will have a limited Melbourne season at fortyfivedownstairs from January 17 as part of the 2017 Midsumma Festival and a limited Brisbane season at Brisbane Powerhouse as part of MELT 2017.

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 transvestite 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 a performance that earned him a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in an Independent Production, Ben Gerrard (Outland, Open Slather, Molly) plays 30 characters in this one- man tour de force to piece together Charlotte’s controversial life. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is a profound and mesmerizing piece of theatre


Presented by Oriel Group as part of Midsumma Festival
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs Theatre, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Season: 17 January – 5 February 2017
Times: Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm, Sat 28 Jan & 4 Feb 4pm
Price: Full $45, Concession $35, Groups 10+ and previews $30
Bookings: or or (03) 9662 9966


Presented by Oriel Group and MELT at Brisbane Powerhouse
Venue: VISY Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Season: 4 – 8 April 2017
Times: Tue-Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm & 7pm
Price: Full $45, Concession $35, Groups 10+ and preview $30
Bookings: or or (07) 3358 8600