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Dietrich: Natural Duty Olly Gully Peter Groom



“No, I never look backwards. You think I want to look back and say; ‘Oh, I was so wonderful.’ - Who cares?”


It is 1942: On the battlefields of North Africa in a gold sequin gown, Marlene Dietrich takes the stage to fight the war her way; with an irresistible mix of songs, sequins, sex and sympathy. 

A one (wo)man tour de force, Dietrich: Natural Duty reveals the life of a legend “with honesty, humour and class.” (The Stage)


Written with performer Peter Groom in 2018, the multi-award winning one act play Dietrich: Natural Duty was originally produced at Vault Festival in collaboration with Northern Stage and Curious Arts, before touring the UK and internationally, including Europe, the USA and Australia.

|| 2 0 1 8 || Vault Festival / Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle / Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh / Mozaiek Theatre, Amsterdam International Storytelling Festival / Unity Theatre, Liverpool, Homotopia Festival / Wilton’s Music Hall, London / SoHo Playhouse, New York || 2 0 1 9 || Adelaide Fringe Festival - Critics Circle Award / Norwich Playhouse / Brighton Fringe Festival / Corn Exchange, Oxford / The Key, Peterborough || 2 0 2 0 || Théâtre de la Toison d'Or, Brussels / Adelaide Fringe Festival - BankSA Pick of the Fringe Award || 2 0 2 1 || Wilton’s Music Hall, London


“Exudes class and excellence on every level.”

Broadway World 

Timberly Williams

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Created and performed by Peter Groom

Co-written and directed by Olly Gully 

Costume design by Kathleen Nellis

Lighting design by Fraser Craig

Sound design by Kieran Lucas

Hair by WigChapel

Produced by Jimmy Jewell

Originally commissioned by Curious Arts

and Northern Stage

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