The Reichstag Is Burning

hartstone-kitney productions and black box live: from australia · Ages 14+ · Australia

one person show


A national emergency is declared. Civil liberties are restricted. Theatres and nightclubs – intellectual, artistic havens – are closing. A chanteuse takes to a smoky stage in musical defiance. A postmodern cabaret for a world on fire, inspired by the Weimar Kabarett tradition.

Written and Performed by Joanne Hartstone (‘The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign’)
Designed and Directed by Tom Kitney
Musical Direction by Emma Knights
Voice Over and Translation by Michael Morley
Associate Design by George Cort

WINNER: 2021 Adelaide Critic’s Circle Award
WINNER: 2021 John Chataway Award for Innovation
WINNER: 2020 Frank Ford Award

“Let’s hear it for Hartstone and Kitney, pulling magical things out of a black box.” (Broadway World)

“Sublime… A timely and thought-provoking night at the theatre – don’t miss it.” (Stage Whispers)

“A solo tour de force… in the best theatrical tradition, this show gives us plenty to enjoy, and plenty to think about!” (

“A beautifully crafted cabaret… This is another piece that deserves a long life” (The Advertiser)

“This show is a must see.” (The Barefoot Review)

“It is tremendous theatre, crafted and performed by Joanne Hartstone.” (Radio Adelaide)

“A fitting ode to the artist who keeps on singing the truth even as the world burns” (Adelaide Theatre Guide)

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* Fringe Veteran