World Premiere

About Leo

BY ALICE ALLEMANO.
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL OAKLEY.
5 September -
29 September 2018

Overview

“I have never, in my life, for one moment, been anyone’s muse.”

Eliza Prentice - millennial, Londoner, wannabe journalist - has arrived in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead. She is armed with a Dictaphone, a taste for tequila, and a lot of questions. But the greatest living Mexican artist, Leonora Carrington, doesn't give interviews. She won't discuss her work. And she doesn't talk about Max.

Alice Allemano's entrancing first play moves fluidly from modern Mexico to 1930s France, where the young Leo is involved in a notorious affair with the surrealist Max Ernst. An inspirational true story of art and freedom.

JMK Award-winning director Michael Oakley recently directed The Invisible (Bush Theatre) and The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic).

Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was an English-born Mexican artist and writer. She lived with Max Ernst, the leading surrealist artist of the time, in France in the 1930s. Her work has been exhibited at galleries all over the world, and major retrospectives have been held recently at Tate Liverpool and Pallant House, Chichester.


People

Phoebe Pryce
Younger Leonora Carrington
Phoebe has starred in several productions at Shakespeare's Globe and York Theatre Royal.
Susan Tracy
Older Leonora Carrington
Susan has been seen at the NT, the Old Vic, the Harold Pinter Theatre, and Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Nigel Whitmey
Max Ernst
Nigel has been seen at the Royal Court Theatre and on several BBC programmes.
Eleanor Wyld
Eliza Prentice
Eleanor has performed on the West End in the Wyndham’s and Garrick Theatres and with the RSC in London and touring casts.

Alice Allemano
Playwright
Michael Oakley
Director
Susanna Bishop
Assistant director
Erika Rodriguez
Set design
Emily Stuart
Costume design
Amy Mae
Lighting design
Matt Eaton
Sound design
Cydney Uffindell-Phillips
Movement direction


Media

“Sensational ... Exquisite ... This gem of a play is as beautiful as it is profound.”
The Guardian
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“A visually engaging reflection on life, love, and art.”
Broadway World
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“Allemano is a new voice that I hope we hear loud and often.”
Plays To See
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“With deft direction from Michael Oakley, Allemano's play is superbly interpreted by a strong cast.”
I Thank You Theatre
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“A well-written, involving, witty piece of drama... 90 minutes well spent!”
London Theatre 1
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“A terrific concept.”
The Times