Preview: Dora Versus Picasso at Drayton Arms Theatre

Dora Versus Picasso Drayton Arms Theatre
Dora Versus Picasso Drayton Arms Theatre

Having had a successful Workshop read through at the Actor’s Temple in New York City in 2018, Fractured Time Productions is happy to be producing the World Premiere Production of  Dora Versus Picasso at the Drayton Arms theatre, London, from 26th – 30th November.

Co-directing the play are Claire-Monique Martin and Emma Jesse, with Claire-Monique Martin reprising her role as Dora Maar from the read through. An original score is being composed by Harriet Grainger.

Joining Claire-Monique are Kevin G. Drury as Pablo Picasso, Isobel Wood as Marie-Therese Walters, Simon Chappell as Jaumes Sabartes and Samantha Grey as Assia and Françoise Gillot.

Adapted from the original Novel Dora Versus Picasso by Cecil Jenkins, the Play strips back the myth behind Pablo Picasso and his Muses by showing the story from one of his most influential ‘Muses’, Dora Maar.

1935, PRE WORLD WAR II PARIS, A WORLD ON THE VERGE OF CHANGE, A Chance meeting between DORA MAAR, a young surrealist photographer and the World famous painter, PABLO PICASSO would change both their lives forever. Already successful in her field, Dora is said to be a ‘tough cookie’ in a society where women have no vote and an art world where female artists can survive only as the nude model/mistress or muse of a male painter.

Picasso, who is reputed to be hard on women, finds Dora not only intriguing, but irresistible. The trauma and inner loneliness underlying his paintings and his cynicism is what draws Dora to this great Man, even to fall in love with him. But as the strains of war increase, their relationship becomes increasingly fraught. Can they both emerge from their shattered relationship intact? How far is too far?

Dora Versus Picasso is at the Drayton Arms Theatre 26th – 30th November 2019.

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