An adaptation of the Mexican play by Humberto Robles, Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida charts the tumultuous life of Frida Kahlo – her art, politics and love-life. Yet, more engaging than just ‘one long monologue’ her personality has been divided into 5 different sections, played by various actresses to show ‘just how much there is to this one woman, who was essentially an extraordinary character.’
The play transcends the singular representation of Kahlo, of the ‘bed ridden bus crash victim’ who endured horrific psychological and physical pain, and instead tries to explore the wider culture of Mexico and the movements she was associated with. Railing against the hypocrisy of recent interpretations of her politics and life (which utilizes the very mass culture Kahlo refuted), the play hopes to reaffirm the true essence of Kahlo’s militant spirit and show us just how relevant she still is in our current society.
With musical intervals of Spanish song, a Mexican feast of food and day of the dead face painting, people of all ages will be able to engage with both Mexican culture and Kahlo’s life. The project promotes the vibrant student creativity of WSAF, providing an interactive fusion of original content from students such as paintings, poems, essays and musical installations. So regardless of whether theatre is your thing, there will be plenty to get your creative juices flowing.
Ultimately, the play aims for a collaborative process of exploration, every interpretation being valid, as director, Max Kennedy says that rather than having ‘pre-conceived ideas of what the shows going to be about,’ the audience should expect to ‘physically follow Kahlo’s story around the stage.’
So come along on the 24th June 10am-1pm at Copper Rooms 2 for a diverse representation of a ‘woman capable of such passion, love, creativity and pain.’ And don’t forget to keep the submissions rolling in!