intercultural theatre and performing arts company

Dora vs Picasso

Written by Grace Nichols
Directed by Mark C. Hewitt

Current cast features
Sibylle Bernardin as Dora Maar
Richard Waring as Pablo Picasso

live Flamenco music and dance arranged and performed by Amor Flamenco
Ana Dueñas León (dance) José León (guitar) Julio Lopez Fuentes (voice)

“Medusa, Cleopatra, help me find my inner bitch.
Wasn’t I christened Henriette Theodora Markovitch?”

A new multimedia production about photographer Dora Maar and her intense relationship during the 1930s with Pablo Picasso. Written by acclaimed Caribbean-British poet Grace Nichols, the work is set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War and features exhilarating acting, projected images, and live flamenco music & dance.

• “A stunning work.” ― Antony Penrose (Director, Farley Farm House)
• “Wonderful. Superb. So emotional.” ― (more audience feedback below) below

Dora vs Piccasso cast
Cast photo (with Michael D'Cruze as Picasso) © Philip James, 2015

Forthcoming performances
Tara Theatre Residency
17/18/19 October 2018

Previews 2015
15 January - Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
22 January - Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
3 February - All Saints Centre, Lewes

24 June - Birley Centre, Eastbourne (Eastbourne College Arts Festival)
16 July - Birley Centre, Eastbourne (as part of Eastbourne Festival):
21 July - Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London
24 July - Lewes All Saints Centre

Preview photos below (with Michael D'Cruze as Picasso) © Philip James, 2015

More photos in the gallery page »
See the video trailer »

• ‘Everyone was very moved by the performance and it really deserves to tour.’
Simon Martin (Artistic Director, Pallant House Gallery)
• ‘Informal feedback (on exit) was overwhelmingly positive, with many people congratulating the Museum for hosting such an ‘amazing piece of theatre’. The combination of words, images and flamenco was very powerful, and literally resonated through the audience through the floor of the Durbar Hall.’
Catherine Harvey (Education Officer, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery)

• ‘A superb production. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect from the music and backdrops to the fantastic dancing. The storyline flowed and was very clever.’
• ‘I saw ‘Dora’ in Hastings with friends and afterwards we talked about the event all night long.’
• ‘An impressive show – Grace Nichols is a fabulous wordsmith so the spoken word was excellent, full of such apposite words and the juxtaposition with song that seemed to reach deep into some emotional place ...’
• ’It was so unique. ... If there had been another showing of it I would have seen it all over again I really would. I have never seen Flamenco dance so dramatic and both the actors were top of their league.’
• ‘... what a wonderful show that was. Such a rich mixture of dance and poetry and drama. I absolutely loved it. The dancing and music was just beautiful.’
• ‘Absolutely superb. Olé, olé, bravo!! I loved everything about it, the concept the writing, the acting, the music.’
• ‘So educational and erudite and fun. The players were well chosen and acted the beautiful words so well, with the music and dance enhancing the whole evening.’
• ‘Finely acted and charged with emotion. The combination of acting, music, dance and images blended so well.’
• ‘The flamenco and choreography worked so well with the drama of the dialogues.’
• ‘... loved the show, the words so beautifully supported by great acting and the fabulous feeling of Duende evoked by the flamenco dancing and singing – a really inspiring and thought provoking work.’
• ‘Fantastic. Needs to be seen by many more people and I’d like to see it again.’
• ‘A marvellous mix of arts. Wonderful performances. Merci beaucoup pour ce moment plein d’emotions!’
• ‘A very very good performance from all the cast.’
• ‘Quite brilliant. Invigorating and full of power.’
• ‘Clever, funny, sad and inspiring. Great end.’