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© ASLANT THEATRE COMPANY

MUSE

November 19th-23rd, 2019

Tristan Bates Theatre

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge"

Mikhail Bakunin.

MUSE is a new play based on the life of surrealist photographer Dora Maar and her relationship with Pablo Picasso. As the enigmatic muse behind Picasso's 'Weeping Woman', she appears always fragmented, not quite there, forever refracted and distorted through his gaze. Taking place during WWII, the play explores the inherent violence of the relationship between artist and muse. MUSE takes us on a surreal journey through time, colours, tears, blood, and fragments, asking what is the price to pay for a place in the long halls of art history?

August 22nd-25th, 2019

Camden People's theatre

★★★★

The Reviews Hub

★★★★

Fringe Review

★★★★

The Upcoming

★★★★

Broadway World

★★★★

My Theatre Mates

★★★★

London Theatre 1

“Visually evocative storytelling... [A] polished script that flows steadily in delicate progression and clever staging that lightly evokes canvases, engaging the audience's imagination to fill in the visual blanks of its neutral tones with colour.” 

(Broadway World)

“Confident and adept… sterling performances”

(The Reviews Hub)

“Both broad and subtle”

(The Upcoming)

“There is enough good writing and direction to mark Georgieva as one to watch.”

(My Theatre Mates)

“This is a great little play that shows how the lives of many women were sacrificed for the creation of Picasso’s art... A beautiful, moving production”

(London Theatre 1)

“We remain interested, fascinated and entertained throughout”

(Fringe Review)

“With a talented cast of 6 and the very clever use of a small space, Antonia Georgieva succeeds in telling a story that feels both epic and personal.”

(View From The Outside)

Production Images

1/10
Production shots: Ali Wright
www.aliwrightphotography.com

CAST & TEAM

 

DORA MAAR: Denitza Zafirova

PABLO PICASSO: Jahmai Maasai

MARIE-THERESE WALTER/FRANÇOISE GILOT: Sarah Kentish

LISE DEHARME: Zoë Lambrakis

PAUL ELUARD: Harry Kingscott

NUSCH ELUARD: Claire-Monique Martin

DIRECTOR & PLAYWRIGHT: Antonia Georgieva

CO-DIRECTOR: Brad Welch

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Cara Evans

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Mandy Gordon

PRODUCER: Frederick Zennor

TRAINEE PRODUCER: Leone Kessel

STAGE MANAGER: Alex Holmes

COMPOSER: Timna Lugstein

Denitza Zafirova (Dora Maar)

Denitza is a Bulgarian-born actor and interdisciplinary artist, who trained with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NYC. After moving back to Europe, she was cast as Jana in the full-feature SAMODIVA (pre-prod). Denitza originated the role of Dora Maar in the first run of MUSE as part of Camden Fringe Festival and is thrilled to return to the part once again. Other theatre credits include Madge in Picnic (dir. Robert Gonyo), where she was fortunate to collaborate with renowned physical artist and mime Bill Bowers and Bianca in Othello (dir. Guy Mandic). Her most recent work is in the English voiceover of AR Solastalgia, directed by Antoine Viviani and Pierre-Alain Giraud.

Jahmai Maasai (Pablo Picasso)

Jahmai trained at The Second City in Chicago. He recently portrayed Pablo Picasso in the first production of MUSE (Camden Peoples Theatre) as part of the Camden Fringe. Other theatre credits include King Lear (Stockwell Playhouse), We Own Everything (The Space), Finding Will (Stevenage Festival) and The Changeling (Maltings Arts Theatre) which will be moving to The Rose in June 2020. On screen; he has appeared in various feature and short films, including Russian Whispers, where he performed alongside McMafia star Merab Ninidze. He is currently working on Bunuelesque, which has attracted Oscar winning Director of Photography Ali Farahani.

Sarah Kentish (Marie-Therese Walter/Francçoise Gilot)

Sarah is a recent graduate from the Manchester School of Theatre. Her credits whilst training include; Nell Gwynn, The Taming of The Shrew and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and most notably she played Cleopatra at The Globe as part of The Sam Wanamaker Festival. Alongside acting Sarah loves to write and is currently developing a one woman show. Sarah recently enjoyed performing in a modern farce at The Market Theatre and is very excited to be revisiting 'MUSE'. 

Harry Kingscott (Paul Eluard)

Harry is a physical performer and director. He ran various physical theatre and TIE theatre companies in the UK, then trained for two years at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris, before moving to London to pursue acting and movement work. He has a particular interest in devised work and chorus. Since moving back to London he has worked as a Director in Residence, been awarded a commission by China Plate for his work with Laura Ryder & Co, as well as performed with Sleight of Hand Theatre as part of the Barbican Open Lab. 

Zoë Lambrakis (Lise Deharme)

Zoë is a British Greek actor, who trained at the Oxford School of Drama. This year she has played Iago in an all-female production of Othello (Cockpit Theatre/Brunel Museum), as well as Portia/Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice (Drayton Arms Theatre). Further credits include: Elena in The Frontier Trilogy (Hen & Chickens), Exeter in Henry V (Rose Theatre Bankside), Fran in Suspicious Minds (Pleasance Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe), Olivia in Snapshot (Hope Theatre), and Olivia in Twelfth Night & Paulina in The Winter's Tale (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival). Zoë also has experience in writing and directing, as well as working regularly for educational podcast company Audiopi.

Claire-Monique Martin (Nusch Eluard)

Claire-Monique is a British Actress, Singer, and Musician from London. 

UK stage credits include: Antigone, Song of the Seagull, The Great Gatsby Musical, London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: The Isle of Wonders, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jerry Springer the Opera,and The Last Tycoon.

NYC stage credits include: Long Lost John, Love Me Tender, Dora versus Picasso, This is Me and Enemy of the People. 

Screen credits include: King of Lies, Skyfall, Waiting for Liz, Isabelle, D Train, Embryo, Forbidden, San and Sally, To You, The Fiddle Player, Honey Cycle and The World's Deadliest Killers. She is Artistic Director of Fractured Time Productions.

ANTONIA GEORGIEVA

Director & Playwright

 

Antonia Georgieva is a London-based director and playwright specializing in new writing and adaptations of the classics. She is particularly passionate about telling women's stories tackling representation and equality. She has directed a wide range of productions for both theatrical and found spaces, including a site-specific production of Hamlet which performed in New York in 2018. Antonia graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University, where she was also awarded the Austin E. Quigley Award (2018) and the Seymour Brick Award for Playwriting (2017). She is currently completing her MFA at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is also a member of the devising theatre company 'Punkt Collective.

BRAD WELCH

Co-Director

 

Brad Welch is a theatre maker and facilitator working as a performer, director and dramaturg with a diverse range of collaborators and audiences. He enjoys helping others to develop and share their creative practices and passions with new and exciting audiences. He is a teacher at The Ufton Drama Summer School since 2019 working with young people from across the globe, and works as a DM at the Battersea Arts Centre. He has recently completed an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

CARA EVANS

Set & Costume Designer

Cara Evans is a performance designer and theatre-maker based in London. They have particular interests in devising and new writing and are part of the Royal Court’s invitational Script Panel. They trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The University for the Creative Arts and The National Youth Theatre in Design for Stage, Fine Art and Scenic Construction respectively. They have assisted a variety of designers including Fly Davis, Naomi Dawson and Sophie Jump. They are currently working on a cross arts performance with OPIA Collective at the Bunker Theatre.

https://www.caravansdesign.com/

MANDY GORDON

Movement Director

Mandy is a London based movement director, choreographer and teacher. Mandy contributes to theatre productions, animation, film and multi-disciplinary productions and training courses. Recent movement and choreography credits include; ’The Cherry Orchard’ directed by Janet Suzman at CSSD; ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadows’ the WW1 commemoration at the Tower of London, ‘About 500’ Directed by Simona Hughes, ‘Richard II’ directed by Jon Pashley and ‘Stoning Mary’ by debbie tucker green directed by Gareth White, both at CSSD. Mandy has a BA (hons) in Drama and Religious studies from Brunel and subsequently developed her choreographic and devising skills at The London Contemporary Dance School and has just completed her Masters in Movement Directing and Teaching at CSSD.

FREDERICK ZENNOR

Producer

Frederick Zennor is a theatre maker based in London and California. Specialising in surrealist horror and artpop, Zennor’s work varies from new writing to adaptations of classical texts. In 2018, Zennor directed a contemporary re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure that opened in San Diego to rave reviews. Other projects include Awkward Conversations with Animals I’ve F*cked (National Tour), Inkwell Productions’ Waiting for Godot, Homos, or Everyone in America at The Finborough, and Invisible Light at the Tristan Bates Theatre. 

 

www.frederickzennor.com

LEONE KESSEL

Trainee Producer

Leone is a London-based gap year student who is currently focussed on gaining experience in the areas of theatre production and performance before starting at Bristol University in September. She has previously performed in adaptations of ‘The Deep Blue Sea’, ‘Orphans’, ‘Treasure Island’, and ‘Hedda Gabler’ amongst others, as well as helping to write and direct a modern adaptation of Leila Slimani’s best-selling book ‘Lullaby’ last year. She is excited to be involved with Aslant Theatre Company and for this opportunity to gain more hands-on experience in her role as Trainee Producer. 

ALEX HOLMES

Stage Manager

TIMNA LUGSTEIN

Composer