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Charity number: 1077161

Company number: 3724349

"The wonderful Blue Elephant Theatre"Joanna Lumley (Patron)
"Thinking big for a little venue"Time Out
"This quirky oasis of a theatre is a charming hidden gem in South London."Everything Theatre
"Camberwell's coolest venue"The Guardian
"Fringe theatre at its finest"Views from the Gods


Current show: The Man, The Myths, The Legends

Thursday 19 October - Friday 20 October
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100

Following the successes of Female Intuition and Tit for Tat, Original Impact returns to the Blue Elephant to showcase more works of new writing, this time from a male perspective.

A night of new work from men, tackling the myths, bringing you the legends.

“Original Impact proves what is possible with a strong cast and some directorial creativity” Culturised on Original Impact’s Twelfth Night

The Rat King

Written by Bram Davidovich
Directed by Sean Hollands

Rat King tells the story of Kelly and Jacko, two young people whose worlds collide on the streets of East London. While Kelly is preparing to leave her comfortable life in the suburbs, Jacko is living the rough life of a homeless young man. When Kelly gets into trouble and is rescued by Jacko, their relationship takes on a life of its own.


Written by Mark Jones
Directed by Stephen Bailey

Eating human flesh is legal. (Technically.)
So, when Duncan and Jodie Gibson are told that they were served it at a dinner hosted by their - it turns out - serial killer neighbour, despite feeling like the victims of a crime, they're certainly not treated as such.
The Press brand them ‘the cannibal family'. While Amber, their teenage daughter, has decided to fully embrace their new flesh-eating image - despite not having had any of the meal herself.

Life for the Gibsons can only get stranger, as their unpalatable supper continues to gnaw away at the family.

Cubicle Confessions

Written by Darrel Draper
Directed by Dan Burman

Samarge works in a nightclub as a toilet attendant, often overlooked, ill-treated and disregarded by society. He is unfulfilled and living in the shadow of his father, a once beloved Priest who many worshipped. However, one evening when a highly intoxicated man opens up to Samarge about thoughts of suicide, he finds himself in an unfamiliar position, no longer being invisible, and having the power to be able to influence and effect this drunken man’s future. Or fate, as it would be. But can a once powerless, uninfluential man, carry the responsibility and weight of such a heavy confession?

The Rental

Written by Mark Harvey Levine
Directed by Joshua Jewkes

In The Rental, Sonya receives an extraordinary birthday present -- a rented boyfriend. He's the perfect man for her -- but he's only there for a day.

Croydon Ho Yo Yo Yo

Written by David Zaman
Directed by Kris Witham

My name’s Lizzi, a character in the play, and this version of events,
CROYDON HO, YO YO YO, weaves a torrid tale of sisterly deceit, a will to power, and what happens when messed up Esta and me screwed with the wrong President in the wrong time, wrong place. Which, boys ‘n’ girls, is to say it’s about sex, death: um-huh, sex ‘n’ death, babes, just how the Yankee Doodles like it. Me ‘n’ my sis’, sunny side up, raining down like bullets over bull. And poor Tommy, the President’s fixer – he came, he saw, he conked out.

The Red Telephone

Written by Alasdair Melrose
Directed by Dinos Psychogios

"A man sits alone at a table. A telephone sits in front of him. This is an antique red rotary telephone made by Siemens, engraved with an eagle, a swastika, and a name..."

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Next show: The Actualisation Show

by Ephemeral Ensemble

Thursday 26 October - Saturday 28 October
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100

Professional Optimists Harley & Pedro bring you The Actualisation Show.

We’ll forget you your troubles and believe in your dreams! Offered now at bargain prices - special rates negotiable!
Our practical demonstration begins at 8pm sharp. Meaning of life absolutely guaranteed or your money back. We’re optimistic that you won't be disappointed!

Ephemeral Ensemble is an international physical theatre company. Combining the skilled physicality of the performers, playful stage craft and vibrant music, Ephemeral Ensemble strives to create original, sincere and ambitious work that is inspired by human stories. The Actualisation Show is their first fully realised production, created following interviews with those affected by suicide.

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Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • Papyrus
  • Haringey
  • Life After Suicide

Coming soon: The Dance Hall


Wednesday 1 November - Thursday 2 November
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100

An intimate story about an Irish family living in England, The Dance Hall touches on themes of immigration, loss, loneliness, family and, most importantly, (in)dependence.

After Annie dies far too young, Jimmy struggles with getting older, particularly with losing his independence. His family ‘tries to visit’ when their lives allow and we delve into Jimmy’s relationships with his daughter and granddaughter, tracking their attempts to support him as best they can. We learn about Jimmy's journey from Ireland, how he met his beloved Annie in the dance hall, and the loneliness of his life without her.

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