Twitter Facebook
Off West End About Us Theatre Listings Adopt a playwright The Offies Links Sponsors
search listings
Mata Hari
On from 17 Jun 2014 till 17 May 2014
The Other Palace
by Dean Stalham / Aletia Upstairs
Genre(s): New Writing, Musical, Drama

Tickets: £15 - £17.50 / (£12.50 concessions) - Early Bird Offer: £12.50 tickets available on the Studio Floor and Upper Gallery until May 16th.

About: Mata Hari

“I’ll know how to die.” Mata Hari, courtesan and exotic dancer, was a notorious and intriguing figure, and the most famous femme fatale of her day. In 1917, she was imprisoned, accused of espionage during WWI. Awaiting death by French firing squad, she reflects on her life.

“Mata Hari” means, in Malay, the sunrise. Aletia Upstairs investigates and illuminates how Dutch-born wife Margaretha Geertruida Zelle re-invented herself as Mata Hari: woman of mystery, the first exotic dancer of Europe, and a temptress who entertained men. We see Mata Hari’s art of seduction, inspired by Indonesian temple dance, complete with veils and exotic headpieces.

“I learned two things in Indonesia: the power of my beauty over men, and the power of a dance…with every veil I threw off, my success rose. Pretending to see my dances as very artistic…they came to see nudity.” She created a mythology around herself, and became the most desirable woman in Paris. Mata Hari was much admired by officers, for whom she had a particular passion. During World War I, she was accused of accepting German money to spy on the French.

“But I beg you to believe me, I never did a single act of espionage against France.” Recruited as a counter-spy in a trap to execute her, she was sentenced to death. She faced it bravely – refusing a blind fold and wearing her corset. Mata Hari saw her death as her final performance.

“I will defend myself, and if I must fail, it will be with a smile of profound contempt.” Proved posthumously (1985) to have been framed by the French, German and British intelligence, Mata Hari was possibly punished for her sensuous, licentious lifestyle.

Songs in English, French and Dutch include “My Death”, “25 Minutes To Go”, “Nobody Knows you When You’re Down and Out” and Aletia’s own compositions “She Cries” and “Catch Me When I Fall”.

Written by Aletia Upstairs and Dean Stalham, based on verbatim from letters and interviews. Directed by Dean Stalham. Accompanied by Ada Kan.

Reviews

“This is one of those little Edinburgh Fringe gems… Upstairs is joyful, sulky, sexy and seductive as Mata Hari. Do go and see this if you can.” ✭✭✭✭✭ ScotsGay

“A strong performance that includes attractive and evocative singing.” ✭✭✭✭ Theatre Guide London

“Strong, melodic and dramatic delivery… Evocatively punctuates the narrative with songs.”- The Stage

Public Comments on:
"Mata Hari "

Play Image
Play Image Play Image
Invite a friend

More plays...

pic:OffWestEnd.com logo
NEWS & OFFERS
SUBSCRIBE
Get Our Special Offers & Latest News from Off West End

ABOUT US | CONTACT US | | TERMS OF USE | PRIVACY POLICY |ADVERTISE WITH US

OffWestEnd.com is the London UK theatre information and bookings site that makes it easy to find great plays and performances in some of London's innovative theatres outside the West End. Buy tickets directly from these Off West End London theatres - with no fees and no commission ever being charged by us! OffWestEnd.com - Browse our theatre list below for what's on:
Above the Stag Theatre | Albany | Almeida Theatre | Arcola Theatre | Arts Theatre | artsdepot | BAC | Barbican | Barons Court Theatre | Bloomsbury Theatre | Blue Elephant Theatre | Bridewell Theatre | The Bush Theatre | Camden People's Theatre | Canal Cafe Theatre | Chickenshed | Cochrane Theatre | Cock Tavern Theatre | Cockpit Theatre | Courtyard | Drill Hall | Donmar Warehouse | Drill Hall | Finborough Theatre | Etcetera Theatre | Gate Theatre | The Globe Theatre | Greenwich Playhouse | Greenwich Theatre | Hackney Empire | Half Moon | Hampstead Theatre | Jacksons Lane | Jermyn Street Theatre | Jerwood Vanburgh Theatre | King's Head Theatre | Landor Theatre | Leicester Square Theatre | Lion & Unicorn Theatre | Little Angel Theatre | Lyric Hammersmith | Menier Chocolate Factory | National Theatre | New End Theatre | New Players Theatre | Normansfield | Old Red Lion Theatre | The Old Vic | Orange Tree Theatre | Oval House Theatre | People Show | Pleasance Theatre | Polka Theatre | The Queen's Theatre | Rich Mix | Riverside Studios | Rose Theatre | Riverside Studios | Roundhouse | Rosemary Branch | Royal Court Theatre | Shaw Theatre | Soho Theatre | Southbank Centre | Southwark Playhouse | Tabard Theatre | Tara Studio | The Space | Theatre Royal Stratford East | THEATRE 503 | Toynbee Studios | Tricycle Theatre | Unicorn Theatre | Union Theatre | Upstairs at the Gatehouse | Warehouse Theatre | Watermans | Watford Palace Theatre | White Bear | Wilton's Music Hall | Young Vic
OffWestEnd.com is a United Kingdom (UK) based company serving the international, the UK and London based theatres and theatre goers.
Write to Us at: OffWestEnd.com, Euclid Applications Ltd, 1/1 Jersey St, Manchester M4 6JA, United Kingdom
Registered office address: Euclid Applications Ltd, 1/1 Jersey St, Manchester M4 6JA, United Kingdom - Company Registration No. 07920048



Google+