The Boy Who Bit Picasso

I have been very fortunate to be involved in some of the production of a wonderful play over the past year and I finally got to see it on Sunday - it was very much worth the wait.

The Boy Who Bit Picasso is based on the book by Anthony Penrose and had been produced by The United Artists. and my role was devising the programme for the play This has evolved through a series of design iterations - initially I worked on a newspaper prop and some concept posters (see below and on Flickr here) while I was studying for my MA. The process has been one fraught with challenges (esp around the budget and format of the paper stock) but we felt it was crucial that the programme was integral to this interactive show rather than just a expensively printed souvenir.  Interestingly this article in from The Guardian deals with similar issues around the point and purpose of programmes for theatre, which does have wider implications for other cultural events I feel. 

Concept designs for the promotional material (April 2014)

Concept designs for the promotional material (April 2014)

Although the process has been a long one its been fascinating to see the play develop into the charming, magical and hugely enjoyable show we saw on Sunday. The kids we went with (4, 5 and 6) were enthralled and delighted with the performance and I would highly recommend it to anyone with under 10s. 

Cast members peruse copies of the programme.

Cast members peruse copies of the programme.

The programme was completed in March 2015 and sent to print with Newspaper Club as an 8 page classic tabloid. To get a copy you will have to attended the play or you can look at a PDF copy here on Newspaper Clubs newsagent site.

The Surreal Times - 8 page spread

The Surreal Times - 8 page spread

In a lovely footnote to the project we were also we also were awarded Newspaper Of The Month - yay!