Howard Brenton, Berlin Bertie

Steve Barfield (University of Human Development, Suleymanyia, Iraqi Kurdistan)
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Howard Brenton’s Berlin Bertie (Royal Court, 1992) is a play about the impact of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in terms of uniting two sisters, both fleeing from their previous lives. Their stories are listened to by Bertie, a superannuated agent of the Stasi (the state security police in the former East Germany), who is also building a new life after the fall of the East German Socialist state. The action of the play takes place over the Easter bank holiday weekend, 13th-15th April 1990, in a maisonette on a South London council housing estate. Unusually for Brenton, this is a largely psychological study of the confrontation of the main characters, whose desire for transformation is matched with a moment of massive historical a…

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Citation: Barfield, Steve. "Berlin Bertie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 May 2005 [, accessed 04 June 2023.]

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