Some obvious similarities suggest Grass’s indebtedness to Arrabal, but both picnics stand independently as unique interpretations. While Arrabal’s picnic is an. An original mash-up of Picnic on the Battlefield and Enchanted Night. Written by Fernando Arrabal and Slawomir Mrozek Directed by Lisa Channer and Vladimir.

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Later that year, in Madrid, he met Luce Moreau, who became his wife. Picnic on the Battlefield weaves two plays from two different decades from two separate parts of the world in surprising ways, retaining the purity of each piece while also creating an entertaining commentary bigger than the sum of its parts. The day on which the Uncivil War began, he was locked up by his ‘compassionate companions’ in the flag room of the Melilla military barracks. His oicnic plays have been published, in multiple languages, in a two-volume edition totaling over two thousand pages.

His loneliness is soon dissipated by the rather random and absurd appearance of his father and mother. I, who am a mere exile. Amos Vogel wrote, in the Village Voice”An audacious, paroxistic, and artistically successful work”.

From Wikipedia, the free atrabal. This is Zapo, a young man clearly unused to war, as he wonders what time the battle will start and in which direction he should throw his bombs. Towards the end shots fly as the battle whips up around the players in what turns out to be a very morbid ending to a rather flimsy satire. Confronting her, Margarito, supreme leader of the armed forces, dons the armor of brutal, electronic repression.

On December 29,he escaped from the hospital in his pajamas, despite three feet of snow covering the countryside. As is this were not absurd enough, the picnic actually takes place and with as much neutrality as if bombs were not exploding in the distance, or as if they were not actually inside a ring of fire- and they indeed were. Hence, we see how Arrabal is mixing the horror of war with the idyllic nature of a comfortable and cozy family visit. Arrabal was awarded the national prize for gifted children in The story of this play is not about any specific war.


Zepo and Zapo complain about the war, until Mr Tepan suggests that each convince his respective side that the other side does not wish to fight anymore. There must be a delicate balance lest the jokes become distasteful. If they return to their base with no bodies, they will never earn the respect of their superiors. The Two Executioners “.

Its absurdity did not resonate. A genius, very beautiful, and enriched by her transports and transfigurations, she vows a torrid love for her Amazon. Arrabal has a strong interest in chess and has attended many chess tournaments. He was born in Melilla and settled in France in Arrabaal theatre is a wild, brutal, cacophonous, and joyously provocative world. Zapo is unsure about this, having heard the terrifying way the enemy treats its prisoners. The two stretcher-bearers return and prepare to carry off their first-ever batch of dead bodies.

Fernando Arrabal

Archived from the original on June 26, Please log in or sign up for a free account. Arabal has not exactly glorified himself in combat.

Regarding his nationality, Arrabal describes himself as “desterrado”, or “half- expatriatehalf- exiled “. Medieval Renaissance 17th 18th 19th 20th century Contemporary. Views Read Edit View history.

Zepo is initially reluctant, but eventually agrees to pose for a aerabal, just to be polite. Fando and Lis “. Currently she is studying for the big MA in International Journalism at City University in the hopes that a London network will take a liking to her.

In fact, he keeps his eyes tightly shut when firing his gun, and so does not even know how many men he has killed … if any. agrabal

Pic-Nic – Out of the Wings

Two shows for the price of one is not a bad deal. Here we have a soldier getting ready to engage in a battle during the War, and suddenly here come his parents to give him a surprise visit and a picnic.


This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat Yet he is doubtless the only writer to have pushed derision as far as he did. The parallels established between Zapo and Zepo suggest the absurd fratricidal nature of war and civil wars in particular Pulido After a much needed fifteen minute break the second play took the stage: This show was filled with hilarious fun-poking jokes and stereotypes that highlighted the xenophobic tendencies that exist within British society.

He is madly in love with Faustbal under piicnic sky’s cupola.

Productions at La MaMa included:. This was more an exhibit than an actual play. Retrieved June 26, He is the artistic heir of Kafka ‘s lucidity and Jarry ‘s humor; in his violence, Arrabal is related to Sade and Artaud. Mr and Mrs Tepan are, once again, unperturbed by the bombardment. Fernando was enrolled in a local Catholic school from untilwhen the Civil War ended ppicnic he moved with his mother to Madrid.

His plays are firmly set within Theatre of the Arraba, with scenarios designed to shock audiences with non-realistic elements, political and historic references, distortion, and parody. The play as picjic whole was awkward, and while there were a few chuckles they were more expressions of disbelief than genuine humour. While in Paris he suffered a serious relapse of tuberculosis. This is Zapo, a young man clearly unused to war, as he wonders what time the battle will start and in which direction he should throw his bombs.

Two satires in one evening, the second of which will leave you giggling in your seat.