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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Information for companies

The Blue Elephant is renowned for giving a chance and genuine support to emerging or relatively unknown artists and taking the risk of showcasing challenging work

The Blue Elephant supports emerging artists and new work and produces or co-produces all shows here, by offering support-in-kind. We are currently particularly interested in working with artists and companies based in Southwark or whose work may be particularly relevant to our local communities.

If you are interested in bringing a show to/developing a show with the Blue Elephant, please send us your script or proposal with potential dates and any background information about yourself or your company. Please include any filmed footage or information on future showcases/performances that we are able to attend so that we can better assess your work. Please note that we generally do not programme new productions of established scripts which have had runs in London previously. The best way to contact us about a show is to email Shows at Blue Elephant Theatre are programmed by Co-Artistic Directors Niamh de Valera and Jo Sadler-Lovett.

We get a huge amount of inquiries about and submissions to produce work at Blue Elephant Theatre and we need to take time to consider them thoroughly so please do be aware that you may not receive a quick reply.

We are a 50 seat black box venue and work on a 50/50 box office split basis. We try to give rehearsal space where possible, generally to the equivalent of performance days but this isn't always feasible. We give fundraising, press, marketing and general support to our companies and artists.

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59a Bethwin Road
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  • 1 × ETC Smartfade Lighting desk (48 Channel)
  • 6 x Par 64 (CP62)
  • 4 x Par 16
  • 8 x CCT Minuette Fresnel
  • 3 x CCT Minuette PC
  • 2 x CCT Minuette Profile
  • 3 x 1K Starlette Fresnel
  • 1 x Harmony Fresnel
  • 2 x Source 4 Junior Zoom
  • 1 x Source 4 50 Degree
  • 1 x Pinspot
  • 1 x 1K Farse Flood - Currently used as house light
  • 4 × ACT 6 Dimmers (24 channels. No grelcos to be used)
  • 4 x Floor Stand
  • Various Lengths of 15A TRS


  • 1 × Behringer - XENYX X2222USB 22 Channel Analog Mixer
  • 1 x Tascam MD301 MkII Minidisc Player
  • 1 x Sony CPDXE270 CD Player
  • 1 x Cambridge Audio DVD55 DVD Player
  • 1 x Toshiba V853UK VHS Player
  • 3 × SM58 Microphones (not wireless)
  • 3 × Mic Stands


  • 1 × Talkback Master Station
  • 2 × Tec Pro Headsets
  • 1 x Nobo X20p Projector (2000 lumens XGA)
  • 8 x Stage Weights
  • x1 Projector Screen (413cm long by 286cm high)

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Gallery plan