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Picasso's Artful Occupation

Picasso's Artful Occupation was presented at the Barons Court Theatre March 2014. It was directed by Kenneth Michaels and featured Gary Heron as Picasso with Roberto Landi and David O'Connor.

SYNOPSIS: In a gloomy vault of a Paris bank in September 1940, Picasso has been summoned by the German occupation authorities. His precious works of art are to be inventoried.
But for what reason?
To the new German order Picasso is an artist of the 'bolshevik-degenerate' variety. Is this summons a prelude to the art equivalent of the burning of books? An art Kristallnacht just for Pablo - the most famous artist alive?
A desperate, surreal, sometimes comic battle of wits and wills ensues. If Picasso loses, the consequences could be dire, both for him personally and for his work.
‘Grasping Nazis think they hold the power - but who really pulls the strings?’

HOW THIS PLAY CAME ABOUT

I was brought up in a communist family, and the fact that Picasso joined the French Communist party six weeks after the end of the Second World War, and remained in it for the rest of his life, gave me a particular interest in this most wonderful and iconoclastic of artists. It was a short step from there to wondering how he lived his life under the Nazi occupation. For five long years, 1940 to 1945, he lived and worked in Paris, forbidden to exhibit his bolshevik-degenerate art to the public. How did he, the best-known artist alive, deal with a capricious and all-powerful German regime? What choices did he make? Was he protected by sympathetic members of the occupying regime or did he survive by luck, cunning and discretion? In my play set in the shady vaults of a Paris bank where Picasso has been summoned for the grand inventory of his works, I hope I’m able to give some ‘answers’ to these questions. The play is based on an actual historical event.

PROGRAMME

Picasso's Artful Occupation Programme


FLYER

Picasso's Artful Occupation Flyer


PRODUCTION ART

Picasso's Artful Occupation Banner


PREVIEWS

Peter Frost - 'Morning Star' Preview       Rosy Moorhead - 'Watford Observer' Preview

Rosy Moorhead - 'St Albans & Harpenden Review' Preview         Preview - 'PCF' (in French)  



REVIEWS

Penny Flood - 'Hammersmith Today'       Peter Frost - 'Morning Star'       Mike Squires - Review

Anna Savva - 'What's Peen Seen'      Penny Culliford - 'Remote Goat Review'     Honour Bayes - 'The Stage'



PUBLICITY

Spanish Cultural Institution      Institut Francais      Morning Star Advert     Press Release



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SCRIPT

Copies of the script are available for a very reasonable £5 plus postage! Please contact the author for details.