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'Desire Caught by the Tail' by Pablo Picasso

Thursday, August 25, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016
Opening Hours: 
Bow Arts Courtyard, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ

Directed by Cradeaux Alexander, LUXE premieres 'Desire Caught by the Tail' with Bow Arts, a rarely produced play by Pablo Picasso.

The Nunnery Gallery is proud to host the first UK production of Picasso’s rarely produced play Desire Caught by the Tail in two exclusive outdoor performances to mark the end of their summer event programme.

Written in occupied Paris in 1941, the play is bawdy and burlesque. 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 that is caught in the impossibility of its fulfilment. It is outrageous and funny, with a lyrical spoken language which incorporates high poetics and absurdist juxtapositions.

Desire Caught by the Tail had its first public reading in 1944 and featured performances by Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Leiris and Raymond Queneau. It was most recently performed at the Guggenheim, New York in 2012, who previously hosted the play in 1984 when the players included Louise Bourgeois and David Hockney.

The play runs in the Bow Arts courtyard on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August at 7.30pm (doors from 7pm).

Founded by Artistic Director Cradeaux Alexander, LUXE is an award-winning company dedicated to experimenting with form and theatrical language. LUXE’s performances explore the space between theatre, visual art and performance.  Their work has enticed its audience to discuss their productions “in more detail and at greater length than any other play we we’ve seen recently” (Peter Brown, Scene4 Magazine).

Tickets available on eventbrite

Concessionary Rates: £8
(Bow Arts artists, students and over 65s)

General Admission Tickets: £12

Event Image: The Sculptor, 1931 by Pablo Picasso