Im­por­tance of be­ing with Pablo

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BLAK Yak The­atre’s lat­est pro­duc­tion delves into the wives, lovers and muses of Pablo Pi­casso, where eight women share sto­ries about their life with the great artist.

Writ­ten by Brian McAvera, Pi­casso’sWomen is a col­lec­tion of eight hon­est, bru­tal, erotic and hu­mor­ous mono­logues that give th­ese women a voice while re­lat­ing their life to Pi­casso’s art.

Chan­dra Wy­att from Mos­man Park is cur­rently star­ring in the role of Olga Khokhlova, a Rus­sian bal­let dancer and Pi­casso's first wife.

“I want to breathe life into Olga Kokhlova and do her jus­tice,” Wy­att said. “Pi­casso hu­mil­i­ated her with his public phi­lan­der­ing, which was a cruel cut to shoul­der.

"She was a proud women: cul­tured, honourable and in­tel­li­gent. The irony does not escape her in that she could have cho­sen any man at the peak of her ca­reer but chose Pablo.”

Blak Yak The­atre pres­i­dent Melissa Mer­chant said she fell in love with Pi­casso’s Women 10 years ago while re­search­ing a univer­sity Hon­ours project.

“The pas­sion of the women and lyri­cism of the writ­ing pre­sented a chal­lenge for both direc­tor and per­former,” she said.

“When Blak Yak The­atre was look­ing for a play to cel­e­brate its 20th an­niver­sary, Pi­casso’s Women seemed per­fect.”

Mer­chant said Pi­casso’s Women was split over two nights with four mono­logues per even­ing. Au­di­ences are wel­come to at­tend ei­ther one per­for­mance or see both at a dis­counted rate.

Pi­casso’s Women is show­ing at Chrissie Par­rott Arts in May­lands un­til Au­gust 30. Tick­ets at try­book­

Pic­ture: Michael Mcal­lan

Chan­dra Wy­att and Rose McKenna are ex­plor­ing what it was like to be one of Pi­casso's Women.

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