Let us imagine for a moment, you are living in Weimar-era Berlin and feel your star is on the wane. What better way to boost your social status than by throwing a glitzy Christmas party.
But who to invite? You’ll need to dig out the hefty 1500-page Berlin phone directory for help.
First on the list is, of course, that lovely chorus-girl everyone is beginning to talk about…
Next up, you want some big-hitting names, Anita might not be at home but you could always leave a message with her mother, or why not invite them both?
Then there’s that gorgeous young actor who, it’s rumoured, also works the streets dressed as a woman…
You’ve heard that there is a new, just-published British writer in town, but in order to get to Mr Isherwood, you’ll have to get past his formidable Landlady first…
You need to show you’re not just interested in the 24-hour party people, so how about an up-and-coming poet, and that eminent Doctor Hirschfeld?
Guests who can double as the entertainment are always good value, so how about a pianist?
So, where are you going to have this party? You’re certainly not going to host it at home. After all, you practically live in poverty, you’ve had to let the maid go and most of the decent china is in the pawnbrokers.
So, how about somewhere your credit is still good?
Being the perfect host, your male guests may well want a little late-night ‘action’ so of course you will send them on to the Kleist Casino, Gerhard will make sure they are well looked after!