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Picasso’s Women

Written by Brian McAvera, Directed by Marcia Carr
Picasso’s Women

Following a critically acclaimed, sell out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and transfer to London the reimagined production of Picasso’s Women goes on tour. The production visits the studio at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick on Friday 7th February starting at 19:30 (Duration 1h 30m).

‘Admirably performed and inventively staged in the gallery’ The Times

Picasso’s Women features a series of monologues and confessionals performed by three of the most influential women in the early life of seminal 20th Century artistic genius, Picasso.

Flying Elephant Productions are proud that star of stage and screen and multi award winning actress, Dame Judi Dench is a Patron of ‘Picasso’s Women alongside Toyah Willcox and Professor Elizabeth Cowling. We also are delighted that artist Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf will be providing stunning artwork inspired by the show for the tour.

The production features Fernande, played by Judith Paris, who tells the audience about the lustful early years of her relationship with Picasso. Fernande is known to have published her memoirs in her later years to great success. The play then focuses on Olga, Picasso’s first wife who is played by Colette Redgrave. She candidly recounts the ‘departments in which Picasso lacked’ and the sadness she felt when she lost her husband to the younger and nubile Marie-Therese performed by Lucy Hunt.

Colette Redgrave – As the name suggests Colette is a part of a Redgrave dynasty of actors. Along with Marcia Carr she is co-Producing Picasso’s Women. She has also produced European productions of Starlight Express, Much Ado About Nothing, His Dark Materials, Cabaret and Chess. Colette has worked throughout Europe as an actress and voice artist. Most recently her voice can be heard in Pinewoods ‘The Gentlemen’ and ‘Rocketman’ films and for a series of audio-books of Amazon Best Seller titles.

Colette was raised in Bowness-on-Windermere and has a particularly personal connection with The Lake District as both her parents are laid to rest in Bowness. She has recently worked on the new BBC film ‘The Windermere Children’ and also provided voice recordings for ‘Swallows and Amazons’ released in 2016. Colette is delighted to be performing for the first time in her ‘spiritual home’ a place she feels ‘hefted’ to.

‘I am delighted that Picasso’s Women, as Flying Elephant’s premier production, has been so well received. The feedback and reviews have been overwhelming and we look forward to producing more thought provoking, female led work over the next few years.’ Colette Redgrave

Marcia Carr trained in music, dance and drama. She is Co-Artistic Director of Impetuous Kinship and Co-Director of the Creative Blast Company, delivering educational packages, training young people and producing touring shows. She is an Associate Artist with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Deputy Chief Examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Lucy Hunt has been an active member of the National Youth theatre since she was 15. Her theatre work includes ‘The Edelweiss Pirates’, National Theatre Connections – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury and Othello, Trinity Theatre – Tunbridge Wells. She is also an ambassador for the National Youth Film School and has appeared in a number of short films including ‘The Family Series’, ‘Home fo the Brave’ and most recently ‘Slip Up’.

Judith Paris is a one-time member of both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company performing with Sir Ian McKellen, Charles Dance and Vanessa Redgrave. She made her Broadway debut in Medea with Diana Rigg and performed in seven films for Ken Russell including The Devils and The Rainbow. Her West End credits include: ANNIE, Lust and OLIVER! Film and television credits include The Phantom of the Opera and Doctor Who. She performed A Fine Line, a solo play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Picasso’s Women will be performed on Friday 7th February, 19:30 (Duration 1h 30m) Theatre by the Lake Studio, Lakeside, Keswick. CA12 5DJ. 017687 74411. £12, £7 (Conc. Students/Under 16s)

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