Blue Elephant Theatre and Covid-19

Like other theatres, we are dark at the moment and will be for some time. We are trying to continue as much of our work as possible - looking at what we can do online, like delivering youth theatre sessions, how we can support artists and our local communities and how we can begin to plan ahead. We have been very humbled by the support shown to us recently and concern over our future. Our funders have been very supportive and we are relieved to say that the Blue Elephant is not in any immediate financial danger, despite the income we have lost recently.

Please have a look around our website and social media - the theatre is turning 21 and we are marking it with the sharing of many memories from many people involved over the years. We also welcome everyone - artists, participants, audience members - to get in touch if you would like to talk about what the next 21 years could hold.

Some Resources

We have put together a list of organisations and resources who may be offer help and advice to our local community - please click here for further information.

For activities and resources for young people, please see our spreadsheet here

Check out our An Elephant Never Forgets Section for news of past Blue Elephant shows which are now streaming online.

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"The wonderful Blue Elephant Theatre"Joanna Lumley (Patron)
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A New Workshop!

Our Participation Director Jo Sadler-Lovett delivers a workshop for children imagining what might happen if aliens landed during lockdown...

Community arts

Current show: Tell Your Story


Monday 3 August - Thursday 27 August
Online booking
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To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.

These workshops are for anyone with something to say about themselves!

We will explore the topic of identity (who you are, where you come from), and particularly what it means to grow up locally in South East London. We'll be exploring these themes through writing and performance, looking at how to write a monologue that tells our stories. What would you like the younger generation to know? We will spend a few weeks collecting material and information about ourselves, and then turn this into creative performance, celebrating our own unique heritages and backgrounds.

For ages 16 - 24 (ideally living locally to Blue Elephant), taking place over Zoom. The link will be sent out before the first session, so keep an eye on your email for this.

The course will run every Monday evening between 3rd to 24th August, plus Thursday 27th, from 7.00pm - 8.30pm via Zoom.

Places are FREE, but need to be booked in advance to guarantee a space. Click here to book.

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Next show: Tackling Arts Council Project Grants


Thursday 13 August
Online booking
Tickets Ignite

To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.

Blue Elephant Theatre offers a free online workshop about navigating Project Grants applications. If the thought of facing Grantium brings on a cold sweat, we aim to help with some reassurance, tips, prompts and clarity.

Project Grants is Arts Council England’s open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects, funded by the National Lottery. It has now re-opened and is accepting funding applications, prioritizing supporting independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers.

Blue Elephant Theatre’s free workshop will give individual artists and companies in the performing arts the opportunity to explore the application process. Blue Elephant Theatre supports emerging and early career artists, and has a strong track record on successfully advising on project grant applications.

The application process can be daunting so our aim is to demystify, offer a friendly space to discuss the process and lend a helping hand to those intending to apply. The workshop is open to those who have already made applications in the past and those new to the process, as an opportunity to re-familiarise and adapt to the changes in the guidance.

The workshop will:
Introduce the application process
Cover some of the changes in guidance and what’s now eligible.
Discuss the “Let’s Create’ strategy.
Offer an opportunity for questions and trouble shooting.

This workshop is for everyone; whether you have a project you are planning to apply for already or not. If you don’t, it might be helpful to come with a hypothetical project in mind but you won’t be asked to talk about it unless you’d like to.

This workshop is not a substitute for the general guidance and the supplementary guidance on Project Grants which has been provided during the current Covid 19 crisis. This can be found on the Arts Council England website. You may find that reading it in advance will help you to get the most out of the workshop.

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