BY HUMBERTO ROBLES / adapted by Gaël Le Cornec and Luis Benkard
“A sublime production from Théâtre Excentrique.” Lisa Thatcher
“We hang on to every word Kate Bookallil says.” Suzy Goes See
“Spellbinding… Jahjah has a winning production in Viva La Vida.” South Sydney Herald
“A captivating feat.” The Buzz From Sydney
EXCLUSIVE TO THE OLD 505 THEATRE
On the Day of the Dead, Frida Kahlo is cooking and while she waits for her guests to arrive, she evokes Diego Rivera, Nelson Rockefeller, Leon Trotsky, exposes her opinion on art, Mexico, the United States, France and of course, the memory of her terrible accident and the presence of death.
Humberto Robles’s seminal work Viva La Vida, inspired by authentic documents, materials and memoirs from Frida Kahlo, reveals the woman behind the icon, the artist beyond the face printed on millions of bags, wallets and other paraphernalia.
This “mesmerising and compelling show is a treat by any theatrical standards. A must-see.” London Theatre Guide.
Need more info? Listen to these interviews with director Anna Jahjah on Eastside Radio and Radio Skid Row.
Want to practice your Spanish or French at the same time? You can listen to an interview with playwright Humberto Robles on SBS Spanish or with director Anna Jahjah on SBS French.
DURATION: 1h, no interval
PERFORMANCE DATES: 23 April – 4 May 2019
LOCATION: Old 505 Theatre / Level 1, 5 Eliza St, Newtown, NSW, 2024
Kate Bookallil as Frida Kahlo
Producer: Théâtre Excentrique
Director: Anna Jahjah
Assistant Director: Bérangère Graham-Dupuy
Language and cultural consultants: Ana Cuellar and Kris Shalvey
Lighting Designer: Larry Kelly
Costume Designer: Olivia Auday
Set Design: Théâtre Excentrique
Graphic Design: Madison Avenue
Promotional Photographer: Mansoor Noor