This is a celebration of the lives of two of the 20th century’s most idiosyncratic, charismatic icons: Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo and English punk filmmaker Derek Jarman.
The lives of these striking individuals share surprising parallels. Both had almost mystical regard for colour, both practised their art with exuberant excess, opulence and flirtation, and both kept exotic gardens.
Derek was a loud and proud gay activist; Frida a committed communist. Pain, injury and illnesses stalked Frida for her whole life, while Derek’s final year was veiled in blindness.
These fascinating characters have captured the world’s imagination and now leading Tasmanian theatre director Robert Jarman sets them free in our gardens. He has taken these characters and their stories and with an eclectic ensemble of four actors and a musician, shaped them into a performance piece of vibrant beauty.
“… Brilliant, gorgeous, painted, gay / Vivid, flaunting, tearaway. Glowing, flaring, lurid, loud / Screaming, shrieking,marching, proud …” – Derek Jarman, Chroma
Director: Robert Jarman
Cast: Rod Anderson, Bryony Geeves, Sue Hayes, Melissa King and Thomas Pidd
Presented by Blue Cow Theatre Inc. in association with Ten Days on the Island