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Though his masterpieces were plentiful, Salvador Dali is better known for his antics, scandals and exceedingly high opinion of his own worth, than he is for his artistic genius.

Dali sits alongside Picasso and Matisse as three of the greatest artists of the 20th Century.

A wild, joyous journey into a strange and fascinating world, Dali: Hallucinogenic Toreador is the latest in an impressive list of original works from award-winning playwright Carl Caulfield, produced by Stray Dogs Theatre.

Caulfield dives head-first into the controversial and surreal life of Dali to question the impact of art and fame.

Caulfield says he was drawn to the fascinating life and work of Dali, admiring his art and the boldness and sheer theatricality of his imagination.

“Dali’s work was first exhibited at the age of 14 in Figueres and by the age of 32, he was on the cover of Time magazine,” Caulfield said.

“He worshipped money and made a lot of it, using his showman skills to sell products from perfume to jewellery.

“One of the first artists to manipulate the media for fame, he seemed to revel in playing the fool or the surrealist jester.

“Yet in my research, I discovered this was an act, a kind of masquerade, to avoid the harsh realities he faced throughout his life.

“This tension between the man and the mask had great dramatic potential and I relished the opportunity to go behind the mask. I’m delighted this full-length performance piece is now ready to be unleashed on an audience.”

Caulfield takes on the title role, supported by Charlotte De Wit and Shane Bransdon in multiple roles as the people in Dali’s life who mattered most.

The trio will be directed by Novocastrian powerhouse, Daniel Stoddart.

This new work is coming to The Playhouse, Newcastle, from 8pm on Friday 15 November.

Nightly performances follow on 16, 20 and 22 November, with the season concluding on Saturday 23 November with a matinee at 2pm and the final performance at 8pm.

The show is recommended for audiences aged 15+.

For bookings, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au or phone Civic Ticketek on 4929 1977.

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