Blending queer fantasy and historical investigation, Bubi Doll asks, ‘What if Hitler had in fact been hiding his true sexuality – and was gay?’
From this starting point, the darkly comic play is an exploration of power, politics, violence, gay sexuality, and what it means to be a man in the twentieth century. A rent boy in Vienna, Adi slickly leads us through a massive and rich period of history. A curtain is lifted on the world of the Brown Shirts to reveal Technicolor monstrosities, grave ironies and the dark corners where all the secrets lie. It reminds us that men who enjoyed fucking each other were also sending gay men to their deaths.
Captivating, shocking. Great insight and erudition.
Associate Artistic Director, Plymouth
This is a very remarkable piece of work. Borderline bonkers, but kind of brilliant, too. Fantastically bold and crazy. And also plausible. It’s a remarkable thesis, and, given what we know about Rohm et al, it might be more than just fantasy. A play in which the gay characters are also evil and violent? What box does that fit into? It’s a really good play and I really enjoyed it.
Tim Carroll, Director