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Past programme

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Theatre

Luncheons and Flagons: An Epic Immersive Adventure

Date
Saturday 15 February

Your epic quest awaits - will you answer the call?

From the award-winning Paper Mug Theatre comes an interactive choose-your-own-adventure, where three lucky audience members will be the masters of their fate.

There is unrest in the medieval realm of Gondolar. As the tyrannical King Titranoss prepares his heir for their name-day, an underground band plot their bloody rebellion. Through unlikely circumstances, the Heir, a Soldier and a Peasant are flung together to choose between rebels and royalty, embarking on a quest to the far reaches of Gondolar's kingdom which tests the limits of their morality. With over a thousand potential story paths, Gondolar is about to change forever - what side are you on?

A tongue-in-cheek homage to all facets of nerd culture, particularly inspired by the campaigns of Dungeons and Dragons, Luncheons and Flagons is an exciting live-action gaming experience, bringing imagination to the forefront.

Paper Mug Theatre focuses on meaningful stories with humour, pathos and a contemporary perspective. They devise, write and work with actors to bring the best stories to life.

Paper Mug Theatre's work has been awarded China Plate's Pick of Pulse Festival, Theatre Weekly's Best Fringe Debut and an Off West End Commendation, and was longlisted for the prestigious Bruntwood Prize.

Praise for Paper Mug Theatre's previous work:
"Incredibly funny, raw and clever… sharp and hilarious"
Amy Toledano, WithinHerWords (for A Partnership)

"…superb, naturalistic and effortlessly funny…"
Fiona Anderson, Ed Fest Mag (for A Partnership)

Luncheons and Flagons is presented as part of Elephantology, Blue Elephant Theatre’s festival showcasing the work of recent graduates.

Show may contain fantasy violence - recommended for ages 12+


Director
Rory Thomas-Howes
Assistant Director
Josh Tucker
Fight Director
Sebastian Gardner
Musical Director
Louise Barron
Choreographer
Samuel C Jones
Cast
Ami Okumura Jones, Andrew Mapperley, Louise Barron, Marie Danielsen, Margherita Deri, Daniel Kettle, Harris Allen, William Shackleton, Josh Tucker and Rory Thomas-Howes
Theatre

Noot Patoot

by Natalie Patuzzo and Soft Pedal Collective

Date
Thursday 13 February

Watch a clown wrestle with the departure of her youth. Featuring physical comedy, mime, audience interaction and improvisation, Noot Patoot is a comical whirlwind of short episodic scenes.

Funny, nostalgic and absurd, clown Natalie Patuzzo’s debut solo show has been developed from The Hoe-ly Trinity, created with Soft Pedal Collective, which won the 'Best (Theatre) Play 2019' award at Guildford Fringe Festival 2019. Natalie trained at Rose Bruford College, HAMU Prague, and L'École Jacques Lecoq Paris, and currently works in Nottingham as a drama facilitator.

Noot Patoot is a work-in-progress showing.

Noot-Patoot is presented as part of Elephantology, Blue Elephant Theatre’s festival showcasing the work of recent graduates.


Family

Little Star

Date
Monday 10 February

Meet Little Star in our show for little ones ages 6-18 months. Join her as she swings from shooting stars, slides down crescent moons and bounces on fluffy clouds. Using puppetry, music and captivating visuals to delight our young audience, an intimate, relaxed setting makes this the perfect first theatre experience.

Little Star features the popular song ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, taking us on a journey with the star herself. Little Star wants to explore space. Not content with the same spot in the sky, she wants to see, hear and touch everything!

Praise for Little Star:
“The music and sensory experience was mesmerising for the babies”
Audience member

"We saw Little Star today, my 8 month old absolutely loved it! Very engaging and interactive for the babies and a brilliant sensory experience. Thank you for making our babies first theatre experience a brilliant one"
Audience member

"My 7 month old little girl loved this production. She was captivated by all the lights and sounds. A great first show for babies and a relaxing time for parents too."

Little Star (Baby Show) Teaser from Moon On A Stick on Vimeo.


Director
Alice Sillett
Composer
Joseph Bell
Set Designer
Valentina Turtur
Puppet Maker
Maia Kirkman-Richards
Movement Director
Sheri Sadd

Supported by

Theatre

Not Four Girls

by big mess

Date
Monday 3 February

big mess are on a quest to unleash their inner dancer. Come and see them take their first steps into the world of performance in their new comedy show Not Four Girls.

Inspired by the work of Leona Lewis, the protagonists bring spectacle, splendour and sweat, Not Four Girls reach heights that they have never reached before; exploring friendship, trust and bravery. These girls (sort of) are working hard and giving you everything they’ve got. So relax, take a deep breath and prepare yourself for a show like no other. Rice, Ribbons and Bleeding Love are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg

big mess are a theatre company emerging from the University of Surrey intent on making work to empower and inspire all! big mess are passionate about the world, about politics, feminism, gender identities and so much more. They’re here to make shows that matter, even if it gets a bit messy in the process.

Not Four Girls is presented as part of Elephantology, Blue Elephant Theatre’s festival showcasing the work of recent graduates.


Performers
Cathryn Fenton, Lucia Adamou, Leona Wilson, Rebekah Kerley
Photo credit
Emilie Veale
Theatre

Move Fast and Break Things

by Freight Theatre

Dates
Friday 24 January - Saturday 25 January

“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” Mark Zuckerberg

We are moving fast.

Really fast.

Powered by data, we are hurtling towards a future where algorithms determine the direction of all of our lives. What we wear. What we eat. Who we vote for. Who we love.

In fact, they already do all of these things.

Because, we moved fast.

But somewhere down the line, we will wonder:
What did we break?
And can it be fixed?

Alone in an office, one Facebook moderator thinks about these things.
And decides to take action.
What happens next will change everything.

Freight Theatre present a work-in-progress show about the internet and ourselves. A piece of movement theatre that delves deep into the world of Big Data in search of something to celebrate: in search of what it really means to be human.

Praise for previous work:
“Works beautifully” - The Scotsman (4*).
“Actually practises what it preaches” - The Sunday Times.
“Brilliant from start to finish” - The Cherwell (4.5*).
“A treat to behold” - DailyInfo.

Freight Theatre are a London-based emerging theatre company who cover big issues through intimate human stories. We believe in making theatre that can be shown anywhere for anyone - location and situation should be no barrier to the opportunity to experience experimental theatre. Founded three years ago, previous projects have included plays such as ‘Lovesong’ (Abi Morgan) and ‘The Crocodile’ (Tom Basden), and devised movement theatre including a new play, ‘Brink’(Alastair Curtis).

Move Fast and Break Things is now fully booked. Please call 02077010100 to be added to the waiting list for returns.


Co-director and Deviser:
Luke Wintour
Co-director and Deviser:
Alexander Rugman
Producer:
Kieton Saunders-Browne
Composer:
Sarah Spencer
Set Design:
Nelly Hayes
Lighting Design:
Ben Darwent
Cast
Adam Goodbody, Anuska Chakravarti, Jamie Randall, Julia Pilkington
Family

The Christmas Quest

 

Dates
Saturday 7 December 2019 - Tuesday 17 December 2019

Not many people have heard of The Letter-Machine but it has a very important job. Possibly the most important job of all. It processes all the letters to Santa and makes sure every child is remembered.

When it breaks in a terrible storm, an Elf, a Reindeer and a Teddy set out on a quest to find the parts to fix it. A happy Christmas depends on it.

The Christmas Quest is a new show for families by Blue Elephant Theatre. Full of slapstick humour and joyfulness, it celebrates differences and shares a strong message of inclusivity.

Performance times:
Saturday 7th: 2pm& 4.30pm
Sunday 8th: 2pm & 4.30pm (fully booked)
Monday 9th: 10.45am & 1.30pm (both performances fully booked)
Tuesday 10th: 10.45am & 1.30pm (both performances fully booked)
Thursday 12th: 10.45am & 1.30pm
Friday 13th: 1.30pm & 4.30pm (both performances fully booked)
Saturday 14th: 2pm & 4.30pm (fully booked)
Sunday 15th: 2pm & 4.30pm (both performances fully booked)
Monday 16th: 10.45am & 1.30pm (both performances fully booked)
Tuesday 17th: 10.45am & 1.30pm (both performances fully booked)


Dance

I Love Myself, Do You?

Date
Friday 29 November 2019

I Love Myself, Do You? explores the old Cherokee fable of two wolves fighting within you. One is good, the other is evil.

Which one wins? The one you feed.

Fusing contemporary dance, physical and hip-hop theatre, Michaela Cisarikova directs three female dancers to create personal stories of beauty, identity and self-worth which feel fundamentally universal, all with a vibrant original score composed by Ross Allchurch.

Suitable for 10+

As part of ACE #ThankstoYou week, an under 18 will go free with a paying adult with a lottery ticket, and lone adults with lottery tickets can get £9 tickets. Please call 020 7701 0100 for more information and to book.


Choreography:
Michaela Cisarikova
Music Composer:
Ross Allchurch
Costume Designer:
Rane Jiang
Skirt Design:
Louise Jane Designs
Cast
Jenn Vogtle, Maria Sole Montacci & Jodie Bray
Theatre

Easy

Dates
Tuesday 5 November 2019 - Saturday 23 November 2019
Relaxed Performance
November 21st
1.30pm Matinees and workshops
November 8th, 12th & 20th
5pm Matinees
November 13th & 19th

My best friend Meg actually lost it last week, to her boyfriend Amir.
Apparently he lit candles.
Magical, was the word she used.

Alice would give anything for something magical to happen to her. But she’s shy, has no idea how to contour and the last thing she loved was a roast potato.

She feels ordinary. Unremarkable. Unpopular.

Until Jamie from Maths messages her.

Finally, something is about to happen to Alice.

Something big. Something she won’t ever forget. Something she never expected.

And the whole school knows.

Easy is a powerful new play by Amy Blakelock, exploring what happens when we combine social media, love island ideals, Snapchat and teenage insecurity. An intimate portrait of adolescence today, Easy asks us – why is it so hard to believe we’re good enough as we are?

Easy has been developed in consultation with teachers and teenagers and free PSHE workshops are available for school and youth group bookings. Workshops are supported by the leading UK sexual health charity Brook.

The performances on Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November are previews and prices are £10.00 (full), £9.00 (conc.) & £8.00 (Southwark Residents)

Please note Easy contains swearing, descriptions of sexual activity and images of sexual activity being shared without consent. It is recommended for ages 14+.

Accessibility:
Easy will have a relaxed performance on November 21st, and show guides will be available for every performance. Touch tours are also available on request, please email us or call 020 7701 0100 to arrange these.

See the interview with writer Amy Blakelock on London Live


Writer
Amy Blakelock
Director
Hannah de Ville
Performer
Robyn Wilson
Producer
Laura Furner
Set and Costume Designer
Verity Johnson
Lighting Designer
Dan Saggars
Composer/Sound Designer
Anna Clock

Supported by

Dance

Turtle Dove

Date
Tuesday 29 October 2019

Everyone loves a love story. Turtle Dove explores true tales of the sometimes bumpy, funny and sad journeys we take with our relationships. Made from interviews with people of all ages and sexualities, their voices are weaved into the musical soundtrack and their honesty and secrets are brought to life through dance and theatre. This duet is a heart-warming, candid and witty show that celebrates all forms of love and touches on life’s heartaches.

Devised in collaboration with leading composer Dougie Evans and script writer for the BBC Nick Walker, Turtle Dove is characterised by creative use of text, effortless physicality and its authenticity. Come and experience the stories of strangers who will soon feel like friends.

Produced in association with Lîla Dance.

“Love...appears in a memory recalled, in a shiver of anticipation, in energy and in space...Turtle Dove is genuinely heart-warming.”
Sanjoy Roy - Resolution! Review

“Performed so well, with great sincerity”
Wen Amanda Koh- Resolution! Review

Suitable for ages 14+

Turtle Dove Trailer from Amy Morvell on Vimeo.


Choreography:
Amy Morvell
Dramaturgy:
Nick Walker
Soundscore:
Dougie Evans
Lighting Design:
Vanessa Brooker
Costume Design:
Amy Morvell
Producer:
Abi Mortimer
Consultancy & Mentorship:
Lou Rogers, Carrie Whitaker (R&D)
Research Dancers:
Amy Lyster, Abi Mortimer, Conor Fortune, KJ Mortimer
Prop Design:
Dawn Childs
Cast
Amy Morvell & Joe Darby

Supported by

Chica Michelle Concert - October 2019

Presented by Chica Michelle

Date
Saturday 26 October 2019

Treat yourself to an evening with some of South London’s most exciting new acts.

After a successful launch in August, Chica Michelle Concert is a new platform for emerging artists with their own distinctive and individual style of performance.

Expect music, dance and more in this fresh explosion of talent, headlined by Chica Michelle.

The other exciting up and coming artists include:

Alice Callari
Doze Crude
Richard Rawal
George Wilkis

Sophie Lagan
Lea Baruffato

DJ Pharaohz

Comedian MC Mark

Alice Callari

George Wilks

George Wilks is an up and coming musician, producer and songwriter from the South of England. Learning his first instrument at the age of 6, he found his love of music early on, and discovered a passion for performing which he has continued to this day.

He will perform acoustic versions of his songs at the Chica Michelle Concert, however he records tracks as a one man band, using piano, guitar, and drums pads.

George is looking to release original material on to streaming services in the near future, so keep an ear out for the exciting things he has planned.

DJ Pharaohz

Doze Crude

Sophie Lagan

Ricardo Rawal

Ricardo Rawal is a Dancehall/Reggae artist. He was born in Jamaica and now lives in London.

He says "Music has always been a passion of mine. Expressing how I feel and what I'm going through at that moment in my life has helped me overcome some hard situations. I write from the heart and express everything in my words. current I have a EP out titled "Can't stop my shine" streaming on Apple music, iTunes and spotify. I hope people all over the world can relate to my songs and the lyrics I speak, if not, I hope they can bop their head and tap their foot to the beat."

Lea Baruffato

Carrier of a husky voice and a bluesy/rock guitar, Lea combines different influences like Rock, Pop, Country, Indie and Folk Rock in an original and characteristic style thanks to his travels and Argentinian roots.

He writes songs about life experiences with the ultimate goal of touching people's souls.


Dance

Weight/Wait

Date
Friday 25 October 2019

Karen's at her first counselling session. Will her mind let her stay?

This “completely engaging and emotionally intelligent" dance theatre duet explores the mental and physical ‘weight’ of our thoughts and inner voice through raw, physical movement, dark humour, original text and music. The audience are taken on a journey with Karen as she tries to keep her head above water.

"It reveals the fragility of the human condition"
Arts for Health

"a powerful piece of contemporary dance theatre and an emotional rollercoaster that is gripping from start to finish.....an exquisite duet performed by two very impressive dance artists”
Nadia Strahan, Fringe Review

“Empathetically tactful, gracefully written and exceptionally performed, Weight/Wait is as exquisite as it is heart-wrenching, a welcome conversation on anxiety through dance.”
Hannah Lee, Voice Magazine

Caldonia & Katharine create original stories using movement, theatre and spoken word. They engage directly with audiences by presenting relevant topics with emotionally driven content and by breaking the fourth wall. They create from ideas that spark conversation and find light-hearted ways to provoke responses.

Weight/Wait is supported by Arts Council England, Arts for Health, DanceXchange, Rural Media Company/Random Acts and Spin Arts.

Weight/Wait is now fully booked and we are operating a waiting list. Please call 02077010100 if you would like to be added to it.

Weight/Wait - Production Trailer from caldonia dances on Vimeo.


Choreography
Caldonia Walton and Katharine Richardson
Producers
Caldonia Dances and Rosie Watt at Spin Arts
Music
Alex Paton
Lighting Design
Sam Thomas
Rehearsal Direction
Harriet Waghorn
Mentors
Luca Silvestrini, Rhiannon Faith and Terry Hyde
Dramaturgy
Neus Gils Cortes
Photo Credit
Danilo Moroni
Theatre

Ellipsis

by The Rose Company

Dates
Monday 21 October 2019 - Tuesday 22 October 2019

In a world where apathy is the norm, Emma has always pursued the idea of perfection. Nothing could stand in her way. But when a mysterious epidemic ravages the world she lives in and panic becomes common, all that changes.

That's when the testing starts….

This preview performance is The Rose Company’s first project, presented ahead of a full run in 2020.


Director
Sam Dunstan
Writer
Ula Moroz
Producer
Jose Reyes Canseco
Lighting Designer
Simisola Lucia Majekodunmi
Sound Designer
Bruno Vilhar
Cast
Sofia Asir, Preslie Grace, Leah Kirby
Family

Way Back When...

 

Date
Tuesday 22 October 2019

A playful storytelling performance and workshop for families, created by Blue Elephant Theatre for Black History Month.

Weaving together African and Caribbean folklore and factual history, Way Back When… celebrates the efforts of previous generations, finding inspiration for today.

Tickets are FREE but should be booked in advance to confirm availability.

Suitable for all ages, especially for 6-10.

Performances will take place at:
Peckham Library on Tuesday 22 October at 2pm
Blue Elephant Theatre on Saturday 26 October at 11.30am
Brandon Library on Saturday 26 October at 2pm


Supported by

Theatre

Hurricane Diaries

by Amanda Vilanova

Dates
Wednesday 2 October 2019 - Saturday 19 October 2019

Victoria is from Puerto Rico, an island ravaged by a hurricane like none before it. Finding herself in London, she looks back at what it is to be from a place forever changed by violent forces.

As she recalls three major hurricanes that hit the island, this solo show reveals a woman rooted in Latin America, shaped by its history, but living far away from home.

Hurricane Diaries explores the complex relationship an immigrant has with their country of birth, the devastating effects of natural disasters on poverty stricken nations and how colonial regimes affect countries today.

Nuestro pueblo jamás será derrotado, pues generación tras generación parirá héroes y heroínas.
Our country will never be beaten, as generation after generation, we breed heroes.
Pedro Albizu Campos

Hurricane Diaries is written and performed by Amanda Vilanova, a Puerto Rican theatre maker living in London. Her work explores the immigrant experience in the United Kingdom, cultural nostalgia and colonialism.


Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "an intimate and captivating performance that deserves a wide audience"

Dress Circle Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ "A spellbinding story of love, loss and belonging that needs to be heard"

Fairy Powered Productions

"So rigorous and energised is her delivery you may feel you’re in a storm with her, and in need of cover."

Southwark Weekender

Writer & Performer
Amanda Vilanova
Director and Sound Designer
Oliver Hamilton
Assistant Director
Eszter Andradi
Designer
Jasper Llewellyn
Lighting Designer
María Cuervo
Family

Swish

Presented by Moulded Theatre

Date
Sunday 22 September 2019

Swish, swoosh, splosh!

Welcome to the Ocean! Come and join the fun with Dotty, Blue and Olive on the reef – and help them watch out for the strange orange Tangle and other mysterious things that keep appearing in the ocean.

Featuring puppetry, Makaton and plenty of audience interaction, Swish is a playful multisensory exploration of life underwater and the positive ways in which we can reduce plastic in the ocean.

Please note that our downstairs accessible bathroom is out of use (ironically because building works to improve it have run over). Please email niamh@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk if anyone in your group needs a ground level bathroom so we can try to make arrangements. Our bathrooms upstairs are in working order. We apologise for any inconvenience.