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A Picasso (Canterbury Region, New Zealand)


13 Aug 2019 - 31 Jan 2021

Short Synopsis

NO Productions Theatre presents a psychological thriller about art, sex, politics and truth, full of unexpected twists and surprises. Set in an interrogation room in Nazi-occupied Paris, this is a cat-and-mouse game between the great artist and a captivating female “cultural attaché” from Berlin.

 “Which of these three paintings are genuine, Señor?”… When Miss Fischer (Nataliya Oryshchuk) reveals that the “genuine” Picasso pieces are destined not for an exhibition but a burning of degenerate art, the artist (David Allen) begins a desperate negotiation with his Nazi opponent, who turns out to be his secret admirer...

Reviews Feature

“A gripping duel” (Theatreview)

"A one-scene wonder” (Backstage)

"Nicely playing with the dynamic of tension, both sexual and political" (Backstage)

"A reason to applaud those who refresh the business of theatre making for us" (Theatreview)

"Nataliya Oryshchuk as Miss Fischer is clearly in the driver’s seat here (...) a lovely, three-dimensional performance is a delight to watch" (Backstage)

"David Allen presents a layered performance which is tremendously forthright and surprisingly vulnerable" (Backstage)

"I wish all art history could be told as captivatingly as that" (audience member, Arts and Design lecturer)

Written By
Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed By
Michael Adams
David Allen, Nataliya Oryshchuk
Availability Status
Generally available


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