Darebin Arts Loud Mouth and Lemony S Puppet Theatre to present Picasso and His Dog this school holidays

Inspired by the true story of iconic artist Pablo Picasso and his four legged muse, Lump, Picasso and His Dog, presented by Darebin Arts Loud Mouth, and Lemony S Puppet Theatre will open these school holidays.

Sausage dog Lump arrived at Picasso’s Cannes villa in 1957 with his owner, the photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, and wound up staying for six years, becoming an unusual source of inspiration for the artist. Duncan wrote: “This was a love affair. Picasso would take Lump in his arms. He would feed him from his hand. Hell, that little dog just took over. He ran the damn house.”

In celebration of this curious pairing, and of the love many of us have for man’s best friend, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, have created Picasso and His Dog, aimed at families with children aged 4 and up. Mixing puppetry with live art-making, the creative team have promised a moving look at both a fascinating friendship in art history, and a celebration of the special relationship between dogs and their humans.

Audiences will also be able to take place in a free puppet making class after each performance.


Picasso and His Dog will open at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Preston on July 8, with several performances over the course of the weekend. For more information, see the Darebin Arts website.

Earlier performances are scheduled to take place at Albury’s Hothouse Theatre from June 29th to July 2nd. Tickets are available through their website.


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Jodie Sloan

Living, writing, and reading in Brisbane/Meanjin. Likes spooky books, strong cocktails, and pro-wrestling.