Desire Caught by the Tail (by Pablo Picasso)

The Bread & Roses Theatre

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19:30 - 20:45
£10 - £13

Directed by Cradeaux Alexander, LUXE premieres Desire Caught by the Tail, a rarely-produced play by Pablo Picasso.

Written in Paris in 1941 under the Occupation, Desire Caught by the Tail had its first public reading in 1944, which was directed and produced by Albert Camus and featured performances by Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Leiris, and Raymond Queneau among others.

With characters including The Tart, The Onion, Big Foot, Thin Anxiety and Silence, Picasso’s play is a play of misery, discomfort, anguish, hunger and passion which is caught in the impossibility of its fulfilment. It is bawdy, burlesque, outrageous and funny, with a lyrical spoken language which incorporates high poetics and absurdist juxtapositions.

LUXE is pleased to premiere this largely unknown theatrical gem to London audiences. In 2016 we are faced with a multitude of complex positions and relationships within modern warfare, nationalism and social battlegrounds. The absurdity of annihilation is a constant thread in Picasso’s 1941 play; as such it remains chillingly and determinedly relevant to us all in 2016.

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The Bread & Roses Theatre
68 Clapham Manor Street, London, SW4 6DZ

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