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The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso And The Mona Lisa

Published Thursday 13 February 2014 at 11:52 by Ronnie Haydon

As a cocky young enfant terrible of the Left Bank, Pablo Picasso was arrested on suspicion of stealing the Louvre’s darling in 1911. The experience, by all accounts, shook him up, tempering his terribleness for a bit. Steven Green’s version of events takes this fact and runs with it into the realms of the surreal.

A scene from The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and The Mona Lisa at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, London

A scene from The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and The Mona Lisa at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, London Photo: Paul Seaby

On a shiny white, blank canvas of a set by Zahra Mansouri, a shape-shifting cast deliver an amusingly exaggerated tableau of the Parisian art set. Plays on perspective make great visual gags: a teeny front door shown to those leaving Picasso’s garret compares with a cup of coffee the size of a space hopper. The ensemble scenes, including a fluidly choreographed, absinthe-fuelled hallucinatory warning inspired by Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’, are spookily effective. Sherwood Alexander swears, smokes and struts with energy as the brash young Picasso, and Lucia Young is a dignified, passionate and eventually triumphant jilted muse. At times the farce swerves too violently into silliness - Picasso’s tussles with Guillaume Apollinaire and the gendarmes are tiresome - but this portrait of how the artist as a young man given to provocative statements may have kicked off his brilliant career is vividly imagined and cleverly conceived.

Production information

Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, London, February 11-March 1

Author:
Steven Green
Producer:
Fourth Monkey
Director:
Charleen Qwaye
Cast includes:
Daisy Adams, Sherwood Alexander, Margo Brzykowska-Nowak, Ella Dunlop, Euan Forsyth, Lucia Young
Running time:
1hr 15mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

Jack Studio London
February 12-March 1
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