Importance of being with Pablo
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 trybooking.com
Chandra Wyatt and Rose McKenna are exploring what it was like to be one of Picasso's Women.