Theatre Performance: TABOO by Karin Schmid

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Theatre Performance: TABOO by Karin Schmid

  • Thu 9 Dec 2021
  • 7:00PM

We are delighted to welcome Austrian writer and performer Karin Schmid at the ACF London, presenting her one-woman theatre show TABOO. This performance gives a chilling glimpse into the work of protagonist Käthe Petersen, a little known but very influential head of a social department in Hamburg during WWII. The play focuses on double standards of society and aims to raise awareness for violence against women.

Käthe Petersen persecuted women not living up to her ideal image of womanhood. Her method of re-educating ‘fallen women’ included forced sterilization, forced labour and forced placement. In her fight against venereal diseases, she targeted only women while the state installed brothels in the military training grounds, at the front and even in concentration camps. Female sexuality was ether suppressed or utilized. Against the backdrop of the historical figure of Käthe Petersen, TABOO puts the concept of female sexual self-determination up for discussion, which lands us in an active exchange with the audience.

TABOO had a successful run in Austria - where it won the Dramatic Award from the region Upper Austria - and at Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019 and Adelaide Fringe 2020.

Please note: Tickets are limited and need to be booked on our website in advance. You will not be able to attend the event without a pre-booked ticket.

We would like to inform you that all guests must show proof of either a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test (not older than 24 hours), full vaccination status or recent recovery from Covid-19. We ask you also to follow social distancing, wear a mask and sanitise your hands. Please do not visit the ACF if you have Covid symptoms.


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