In 1957, a sausage dog called Lump arrived at the villa of the great 20th century artist Pablo Picasso.
Lump looked into the deep brown eyes of Picasso and decided he was home. And so began a great love between a man and his dog – a friendship that spanned 17 years.
But this was more than a friendship as Lump also became an artistic muse for Picasso, appearing in more than 50 of his artworks.
This work is a unique children’s puppet play that combines the art and story of Picasso with the extraordinary poems of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and the text of Picasso’s contemporary and lifelong friend, Gertrude Stein.
Initially set in Picasso’s studio in the South of France, the story travels across time and space in a series of imaginative leaps using puppetry, visual illusions, painting and sculpting on stage.
Ideal for children aged 4+ and their families, this show celebrates the special friendship between the great artist and his dog.
Ben Grant stars alongside actor-puppeteers Tamara Rewse and Hamish Fletcher.
Picasso and his Dog also plays Glen St Theatre, Belrose, August 29-31