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Saturday 07th May 2016

Good Bye Lenin!

Free (No ticket required - First come first served)
OUTDOOR: Judith Kerr Primary School
Bring something to sit on and whatever you need to stay warm and dry

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Two traumatic events affect the life of East Berliner, Christiane Kerner. First, in 1978, her husband, Robert, runs off to freedom and another woman in the west, leaving her to take care of their two adolescent children, Ariane and Alex, by herself. Always a good Socialist, Christiane devotes her life to the cause as a symbol of anger toward her husband. And second, in 1989, she sees a now grown Alex marching in an anti-Berlin Wall demonstration and being hauled off by police. As a result, she suffers a heart attack and goes into a coma. While Christiane is in her coma, Germany drastically changes with the Wall coming down and the imminent official reunification of East and West into one. The Kerner’s personal life also changes with all aspects of the new found capitalist world infiltrating their home. When Christiane emerges from her coma eight months later, her health situation is still tenuous. Any shock she experiences could possibly lead to another heart attack and certain death. To protect his mother, Alex decides not to tell her of the new Germany in which they live. He feels he can better protect her at home, where he can control to what she is exposed. Although most around him don’t support the idea – including Ariane and Lara (Alex’s Russian immigrant girlfriend who is also Christiane’s nurse) – they go along with the extreme measures Alex goes to to recreate East Germany in their home. How long can they keep up the ruse?

We’re going to be offering BBQ Bratwurst in Christopher’s Buns (that’s not rude, it’s the bakery over the road!) and Canopy Beer – their German style Kolsch for sale. So please come hungry and thirsty!

Bring something to sit on. The ground is rubber matting so chairs or blankets will make you much more comfy.



Wolfgang Becker
Running Time
2 hrs 1 min
Judith Kerr Primary School
62-68 Half Moon Lane , London , SE24 9JE

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