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Petra Kindler

“… so entertaining, insightful and downright hilarious!” (Lynn Cahill, former Cat Laughs Festival Producer)

“Petra Kindler held the audience in the palm of her hand.” (Waterford News & Star)

“...like an express cross-section through human experience. Warm, witty, touching and delivered with performance ability.” (T.V. Honan, Director Spraoi Festival)

“...a new comic voice for Ireland, Germany, hell, make that the world!! What a great storyteller…!” (Mary Grehan, Novelist)

One of the most stimulating events I have been to in years. (Derbhile Graham, Founder, WriteWords)

Jeez Bridie, that was some talk, wasn’t it? (a former Mayor of Waterford City, startling his wife at 4 a.m. after the show)

 

Let's kill two elephants with one stone, shall we? Yes, Petra is German. And yes, she is going to mention The War. But caution: her approach might upset some people's preconceptions!

 

Same old, same old: German woman moves to Ireland, starts hearing pushy voices in her head, decides not to argue with them (because that would be mental, right?) but rather do exactly what they tell her and go into literary translation.

One day she is asked to give a talk about her line of work. Woman says fine, I’ve never given a talk before, why not; then proceeds to startle her audience with a rather peculiar life story instead. Because it’s a free event, people can’t demand their money back. Instead they laugh and cry and jump to their feet and demand more! The same keeps happening, even in bigger theatres and with paying audiences.

The woman thinks: Seriously Now! Did these Irish people just pay a German to make them laugh? And cry? Now that is proper mental! The woman sits down to collect her thoughts. Next thing she knows, she has applied for and been offered a slot at the Free Festival. Now she is preparing to make a Big Bang in Edinburgh, which kind of runs in the family (her brother-in-law, after all, is Sergeant Dave Beveridge, the chap who fires the one o’clock gun at Edinburgh Castle).

You know yourself… that kind of story.

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