PLAY TO THE GALLERY
PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED AS PROVENANCE HELPLINE © 2000
FULL-LENGTH (75 minutes), 5 actors; 2(f), 3(m) First performed in London, 2000. Director Valerie Lucas
REVIEW and On-Line Programme.
What right does one person have to possess a masterpiece? Rembrandt and Hendrickje are subjects in a painting of disputed provenance, a work commissioned but not delivered. Who owns it then and now? Is the power of art weakened by being hidden away, used as an alternative currency? Accompany the painting from the time of Rembrandt's financial embarrassments to a current court-room squabble over the paperwork.On-Line Programme
2001. Performed in REMBRANDT'S WOMEN exhibition, ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London as part of the Celebration of 400 Years of Rembrandt in 2006
2000.Subject of From the Page to the Stage lecture, University of Surrey, Roehampton
Picture from Etcetera Theatre rehearsals by Valerie Lucas.
Welcome to the second web-published play written live on the internet.
The play? I thought I should say a few words It started as an idea for a play about a disputed model/artist relationship. I toyed with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, moved on to Picasso and Dora Maar and finally ended up in the form you see now.
The play received some minor editing following a reading by actors in June 2000 and had an airing at the Edinburgh International Internet Festival, a virtual premiere. It was performed over 3 weeks in November/December 2000 on the London Fringe and was a featured work for drama undergraduates (Page To Stage) at University of Surrey, Roehampton.
My original intention for this play was for performance in art spaces and I am therefore delighted that the first of these took place at Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, October 2001, as part of their REMBRANDT'S WOMEN exhibition. More were provisionally proposed at London (Kenwood House) and Oxford (Ashmolean Museum), but dropped due to problems with timing and the venues.
The first theatre version and gallery performances were well received, and so I am happy to allow further outings in the public arena. In short, to Play To The Gallery.