NI residents have the chance for their antiques to be part of stunning new theatre stage set

The MAC, Belfast’s newest arts venue, is calling on the public to temporarily offer up their antique gramophones and phonographs for use in an upcoming new theatre production in Belfast.

I Am My Own Wife, a fascinating and compelling one-man show tells the incredible life story of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, who lived through both the Communist and Nazi occupation in Germany. The show opens at the MAC on 18th September and to help recreate that period in history, the MAC is calling for a number of gramophones for use in the ambitious set design. Anyone who offers their gramophone for use in the stage set will be offered 50% off tickets to the acclaimed show.

Set Designer, Ciaran Bagnall, said:

“To bring this one-man show to life, we are designing an incredible set which will act almost as another character. Charlotte’s obsessive collection of antiques is a vital part of the story. We’ve been lucky to track down a few phonograms already, but we hope that there are many more treasured gramophones and antiques hidden away in houses all over the country and we are giving these prized possessions the chance to be shown on a world-class stage during the three week theatre show.”

Gilly Campbell, Dance and Drama Officer, at the Arts Council, added:

“As a one woman show, performed by a man, ‘I Am My Own Wife’ is set to be an incredible production, inspired by interviews conducted by playwright Doug Wright with Charlotte Von Mahsldorf. The gramophones and phonographs will be key to creating the right atmosphere on stage and present a unique way for members of the public to be a part of this fantastic new production.”

The MAC can assure donors that all gramophones and phonographs will be returned in the same condition they were received. They do not have to be in working order to be included. Gramophones can either be delivered into the MAC by the 15th September or alternative arrangements can be made if this is not possible. For more information or to arrange to drop off a gramophone please contact John Leslie, production manager on