Picasso and His Dog performance in Shepparton

By Tara Whitsed

Influenced by the true story of Pablo Picasso and his four-legged best friend Lump, Picasso and His Dog will be performed at Riverlinks Eastbank this month.

Presented by Lemony S Puppet Theatre, it’s a heart-warming tale of the great bond between the pair which spanned more than 17 years.

It all started one fine spring morning when a very curious puppy arrived at the famous painter’s home.

He looked into the deep, brown eyes of Picasso and decided he was home.

From this moment on a life-long bond was forged between the two, with Lump appearing more than 50 times throughout the artist’s work.

Riverlinks manager of performing arts and conventions Ken Cameron said the show was part of its family series.

‘‘The show emphasises the relationship between humans and their pets and how much they rely on each other,’’ he said.

‘‘The performance has a very creative nature, which is why we have partnered with Shepparton Art Museum to offer two clay workshops on the day of the performance.

‘‘Based on Picasso’s Bull in the Arena (1948), children will explore the wonders of colour, shape and imagery seen throughout Picasso’s work.’’

Picasso and His Dog will be performed at Riverlinks Eastbank, Welsford St, Shepparton, from 6.30pm on Saturday, April 13. Tickets are available online or through the box office, phone 58329511.