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Past programme

Showcases an eclectic range of fresh and interesting contemporary work, largely by emerging

Not A Girl Not Yet A Woman

presented by Popsie Theatre

Wednesday 29 March 2023 - Friday 31 March 2023

“I'm not a girl, not yet a woman. All I need is time, a moment that is mine, while I'm in between.”

Remember that Britney-themed sleepover you had in 2002? Welcome back to your mum’s basement, sort of… Come over, put on your pjs, try your best to sing karaoke without waking your dad. But wait, you’re not a girl anymore, are you? Are you a woman? Something in-between? None of the above?

In Not a Girl Not Yet a Woman, two confused performers in their late-twenties submerge themselves in Britney’s story to interrogate their own adultness. Expect fun noughties nostalgia as they take you through a coming-of-age, Britney-themed sleepover. Dabbling in dance, live music, other-people’s-poetry, comedy, and games, they unpack what we can learn from the Princess of Pop (while trying not to have an existential crisis). It’s messy, it’s a 13-year-old’s sleepover nightmare, and it’s about control.

About Popsie Theatre

Popsie Theatre is a female, queer, migrant-led devising company based in London. Members include performers Talia Kracauer and Rute Costa, and director Tilney Brune. They joined forces to make movement-based work with a strong comedic vein - camp and entertaining, whilst exploring the political and profound topics that take up a lot of space in our brains.

Content warnings: swearing, partial nudity, discussions of mental illness, heavy use of perfume

Performer / deviser
Rute Costa
Performer / deviser
Talia Kracauer
Tilney Brune
Kerri Woods
Arthur Robijns
Lighting Designer
Rebecca Fry



Tuesday 28 March 2023

A terrific line-up of up-and-coming comedians is taking over Blue Elephant - grab a drink and witness some of the most exciting acts the UK comedy circuit has to offer!



A regular on the London comedy circuit, Fitzgerald Honger is a dynamic comedian who has performed in top comedy clubs across London and the UK including Up the Creek and the comedy store. When not doing comedy, Fitz is a producer. He’s worked for international companies spanning PR and broadcast television including MTV and Discovery, and has developed a wealth of contacts within the TV and entertainment industries.


Dee Allum is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer.
Dee started her comedy career performing sketches with the Cambridge Footlights and wrote the prestigious Footlights Pantomime in 2018. Dee has also written and performed a 45-minute solo stand-up show, and has performed on the UK Comedy circuit, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Latitude Festival.
In the last two years Dee has been nominated for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards, placed as runner up in the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year award 2021, won the 2Northdown New Act Competition 2021 and was a finalist in the 2022 BBC New Comedy Award competition.


Sharon Wanjohi is an up and coming stand up comedian with a varied act ranging from shock to absurd comedy. A Chortle Student Comedy Award Finalist and Funny Women Stage Award Finalist, with 4 years on the circuit, she talks (maybe too much) about children's films and the cartoon dilfs that inspired a generation of sexual awakenings. And she thinks Ratatouille is a commentary on race.


Shalaka is an observational comedian and a huge fan of living, laughing & loving.
She's performed at venues across London, including Angel Comedy, Vauxhall Comedy Club and the Comedy Store.
2Northdown New Act Competition Finalist 2022
Brighton Komedia New Act 2023: Runner Up
"Deadpan joy" - James Walsh, The Morning Star
“(an) air of easy professionalism” - Chortle


Finalist in the 2019 Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year, Luke Craig draws the audience in with his impeccable wit and stage presence. With topics ranging from his South London upbringing to fatherhood, Craig is surely one to watch out for.
“He is a compelling storyteller, with command of pacing, timing, and the dramatic pause.” – The Evening Standard
“His talk of growing up around the shady characters of Croydon and Lewisham, offer[s] some insight into a world not often credibly portrayed” - Chortle


Ricky is an upcoming comedian and writer from South London who uses his lived experiences to dissect and make fun of everyday life. He uses his comedy to point out the unspoken everyday things with a tint of nostalgia. Be sure to catch him on the circuit!


Luca has been no stranger to the comedy world circuit since – gigging in Dubai and across Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark to name a few) and of course in Italy, where he has appeared on Zelig, the most successful Italian TV comedy show (recorded live in front of an audience of 2300 people).

Cupani has appeared at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, competed in Seattle and San Francisco International Comedy Festival and regularly performs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Luca’s latest show Happy Orphan received multiple rave reviews.

His solo show in Italian has been broadcasted on the TV channel Rai 5 and it is available on streaming on Amazon Prime Video (Italian Stand Up, episode 3). Luca’s UK credits include appearing on Comedians Vs. News (BBC World Service) The Arts Hour (BBC World Service) and The Arts Hour International Comedy Show (BBC World Service)

Community arts

Community Street Party


Saturday 25 March 2023

We are back for another Street Party!

Join us on Saturday 25 March from 12pm to 5pm for a street party on the Wyndham Road side of the Jessie Duffett Hall!

Supported by Southwark Council's Cultural Celebrations Fund, it will be a family-focused day with workshops and performances open to all.

Live music, dancing, performances, workshops... It's a day of celebration and a chance to get to know Blue Elephant and its activities better!
(in case of bad weather, the event will be relocated to Blue Elephant Theatre, 59A Bethwin Rd, SE5 0XT)


• A performance by Blue Elephant's very own Young People's Theatre
• Drama games led by our facilitators
• A giant mural to draw and paint on
• Music & salsa dancing
• Free tea, coffee and soft drinks

Blue Elephant Theatre will be open for bathroom facilities, just a few minutes walk away.



presented by Open Clasp Theatre Company

Thursday 23 March 2023

What would you do if a neighbour started to leave food on your doorstep? It’s the first national lockdown, two women, both strangers, step out and across the line that divides them.

Lasagna is based on the true life experiences of women who have lost multiple children to the care system. It celebrates community, generosity and humanity.

This performance of Lasagna will be followed by a post show panel including:

Catrina McHugh MBE, Artistic Director of Open Clasp & Writer of Lasagna (Chair)
Vanessa, Co-Creator of Lasagna
Jules Hillier, Pause CEO

From the company behind Key Change - New York Times Critics’ Pick and Sugar on BBC iPlayer.

“It made me smile and cry and restored faith in common humanity.”

“Lasagna provides much food for thought.”

“Lasagna was a fantastic production, I watched it twice…thought provoking, motivating and powerful piece.”

About Open Clasp

Open Clasp place theatre at the heart of transforming the lives of women and girls. We collaborate with women and young women excluded by theatre and society to create bold and urgent theatre for personal, social and political change.

We often work directly with women who are affected by the criminal justice system in England in prisons and in community settings to produce theatre of the highest quality. This is then used to influence public opinion, train service providers and influence policy debates. Our work is supported by the women we work with, and the partnerships nurtured in the women’s service sector, community organisations, and academia.

“Open Clasp - a remarkable company working with disempowered women.” The Guardian

Catrina McHugh MBE
Laura Lindow
Set & Costume Designer
Verity Quinn
Lighting Designer
Sherry Coenen
Composer/Sound Designer
Roma Yagnik
Senior Creative Producer
Carly McConnell
Beth Crame Zoe Lambert

Attempts On Her Life

by Martin Crimp
presented by Eight Square Theatre

Tuesday 21 March 2023 - Wednesday 22 March 2023

Anne has lived a hundred lives.
She is a movie star, a refugee, a femme fatale, the girl next door, she is nothing and everything all at once.

Attempts on Her Life is a story of womanhood, the beauty of it and the threats to it. We see Anne through the various versions of her existence; a Hollywood actress, refugee, porn star, religious figure, the girl next door. All the things that Anne can be, under the thumb of impossible expectations. We follow her through the highlights and heartbreaks of her life, with the greatest tragedy of all being that Anne is in every one of us. The play consists of 17 scenarios where a range of nameless characters attempt to define who Anne really is.

About Eight Square Theatre

Eight Square Theatre was established at the end of 2021, first creating a Christmas-themed TIE piece which toured in primary schools, sharing the importance of looking after our environment. They are a group of 8 actors who are currently training at the Miskin Theatre and are looking to create a variety of work.

Follow Eight Square Theatre on socials: @8SquareTheatre

Content warnings: flashing lights, explicit language, sexual content

Written by
Martin Crimp
Directed by
Claire Portelli
Performed by
Zac Eccleston, Matt Sanders, Layla Bo Giles, Isobel Graham, Stevie Wareham, Chloe Omelia, Grace Filmer and Mia Kennerson


Created by PipeItUp Theatre Company

Tuesday 14 March 2023

The game is simple... you won’t know it until you’re in it.

Welcome to Bamboozled. We don’t know what’s going on, and neither do you.

About PipeItUp Theatre Company

PipeItUp members come from different theatrical backgrounds, and share interests of abstract storytelling through physical theatre and multimedia. Their process relies on ‘tentacular’ improvisation observed through their lens, taking inspiration from ‘Viewpoints’ theory and taking stylistic cues from Japanese ‘Butoh’ and the European ‘OBRA’ theatre company. They make honest work that incorporates the body in an authentic way.

Follow PipeItUp on Instagram: @pipeitupcompany

Producer / cast
Emily Glazebrook
Connor Brown
Tom Secker
Cameron McColm
Ben Davis
Albie Barnardo
Aaron Rozanski

ERECT - 42 minutes plus shipping

presented by Wafer Thin Theatre

Friday 10 March 2023 - Saturday 11 March 2023

Two young men make their first steps into the world of manual labour, and begin to face the demons it brings out in them.

ERECT is about friendship and hardship. Using song and dance to show what can't be said, and beer and sarcasm to say it another way, it highlights the pitfalls of putting on brave face for too long.

Devised by new company Wafer-Thin Theatre, ERECT focuses on masculinity, particularly male insecurities, and their ability to disrupt communication. It is a calling to the wonderful personalities within that get wrapped and packaged, stapled up and shipped away by a society unwilling to hear them.

About Wafer-Thin Theatre

Wafer-Thin Theatre is an emerging company run by Ty Nicholls and George Wait. They focus on devising original theatre, drawing from the techniques of a variety of European theatre practitioners and implementing elements of both naturalism and surrealism. Their work thus far has had a particular focus on men’s mental health, with a vision to uplift and inspire young men.

Sound design
Jack Wait / Quarry Studios
Stage Management
Jack Elston
Ishbel McMurtrie
Deviser / performer
Ty Nicholls
Deviser / performer
George Wait
Michael O'Reilly

Led By The Wind

by Ensemble Not Found

Wednesday 1 March 2023

At what moment do you want to fly?
At what moment are you willing to give up the desire to fly?

Led By The Wind is a devised work-in progress that will embark from these questions. A rhapsody breaching boundaries between the memory and the imagined, the personal and the world, documentary and fiction through a blend of live music, moving images and performance.

About Ensemble Not Found

Not been said, not been shown, not been found.

Initially inspired by the infamous HTTP error message, Ensemble Not Found is a newly created theatre collective looking to provoke discussion through new forms of performance and collaborative theatre-making. We are currently run by a group of East Asian theatre artists who are looking to collaborate with artists of all cultures and disciplines.


Elephantology Festival


Wednesday 22 February 2023 - Saturday 25 February 2023

Elephantology is Blue Elephant Theatre’s Festival for recent graduates and those who are just entering the performing arts industry.
Starting off with an evening of solo performances showcasing 8 talented graduates, we will present three double bills of brand-new début shows.


Wednesday 22 February, 7:30pm - Solo Performance Showcase

Thursday 23 February, 7pm - Violent Circumstances
Thursday 23 February, 8:30pm - Hummingbird (SOLD OUT)

Friday 24 February, 5pm - Hummingbird (SOLD OUT)
Friday 24 February, 7pm - Tiny Babies
Friday 24 February, 8:30pm - Violent Circumstances (SOLD OUT)

Saturday 25 February, 7pm - Hummingbird (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 25 February, 8:30pm - Tiny Babies


Come along to Elephantology Festival's opening event and discover the fresh talent of tomorrow!

We've invited nine recent graduates to showcase 10 minutes of work in progress of any genre, including monologues, comedy, dance, and spoken word. The artists in our line-up represent Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Trinity Laban, The Free Association, University of Chichester and more!


• Axel Kengne - monologue
• Crystal Turner-Brightman - monologue
• Sammy Trotman - comedy monologue
• Mandy Tan & Malachi Briant - dance duet
• Jodie Stone - movement
• Ada Cotton - duologue
• Genevieve Labuschagne - monologue
More TBA


by Susannah Cann and Molly O'Donnell

Thursday 23 February, 7pm
Friday 24 February, 8:30pm

Written in response to the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, Violent Circumstances explores five young women's stories of everyday events that quickly turn into exhausting, humiliating and terrifying and fatal experiences.

This unfiltered, angry and darkly comic piece exposes the unknown and ignored experiences of women's everyday struggles with harassment, sexism and violence.

Creative team

Written and directed by Susannah Cann and Molly O’Donnell
Performed by Catherine Thomas, Phoebe Shepherd, Susannah Cann, Annabel Lisk
Movement Director: Annabel Lisk

About Active B!tch Face Theatre

Active B!tch Face Theatre is a new female-led company founded by Rose Bruford graduates Susannah Cann and Molly O’Donnell. Their main idea and drive is to create theatre with women's lives and issues at the centre of the work, whilst also having women sitting in the big decision-making roles in the creative team.


by Ilayda McIntosh

Thursday 23 February, 8:30pm (SOLD OUT)
Friday 24 February, 5pm
Saturday 25 February, 7pm (SOLD OUT)

“Belonging? Simply a longing to be… right? Just be.”

Ella dreams of homecoming, Lloyd yearns for his beloved and their children confront their vulnerabilities.

When Ella’s world is torn apart by the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ policy, her loved and lost ones attempt to piece it back together.

Hummingbird is a thought-provoking and poignant new play, exploring the ways in which belonging is found in unfamiliar homes. Hummingbird touches on the complexity of British identity and the way migrant communities find a place within them.

Written by Ilayda McIntosh, associate artist at Nouveau Riche and participant of TALAWA’s debut writers group, Hummingbird challenges and blends theatrical form through dub-poetry, music and poetic verse. Based on real-lived experiences.


by Sally MacAlister

Friday 24 February, 7pm
Saturday 25 February, 8:30pm

"I’m going to chew my food before I swallow. I’m going to drink a glass of water in between every single glass of wine. And I’m going to let you tell him."

Rona and Sophie are twins. They are one organ. They share a brain. But there are certain things they don’t see eye to eye on.
Rona wants to fight. Sophie wants to forget.

When Sophie’s partner comes to dinner, Rona needs to make a call: allow her sister the life she’s always wanted, or unearth a family secret, long-hidden before the two were even whispers of people.

Tiny Babies is a raw and unflinching dark comedy, exploring inherited trauma in bodies that weren’t there, but still feel it.

Supported by

  • Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust

The Interview

by Slime & Pies_

Friday 17 February 2023 - Saturday 18 February 2023

“I think when it comes down to it Daniel, we’re probably looking for the same thing.”

An interview is being held. Dan has volunteered. The interviewer must be impartial.

As the process progresses, both Dan and The Interviewer realise that understanding why we do what we do, and how our brains have been influenced by the world around us, is no easy task.

The Interview is an absurdist two-hander that explores the insidious nature of sexual assault in our society. Join new company Slime & Pies for this work-in-progress by debut Playwright Eleanor Roberts.

About the artists

The Interview is the London debut of new theatre company Slime & Pies_. Formed in 2022, Slime & Pies_ have recently worked at The Traverse, Edinburgh on an R&D of Kill the Second Coming with Slime & Pies by Ellen Bannerman.

Written by
Eleanor Roberts
Directed by
Maddy Corner

Grown Men Keep Breaking My Heart

Choreographed and performed by Kennedy Junior Muntanga and Joey Barton

Wednesday 25 January 2023 - Saturday 28 January 2023

Grown Men Keep Breaking My Heart is a short dance theatre piece that tells the story of two best friends who, after losing contact with one another as teenagers, choose to rekindle their relationship over an evening of partying and drinking. This meetup leads to an eventful evening of revisiting pivotal moments in their lives that shaped them into who they are, and within that shaped the actions and thoughts towards one another and the world.

The piece explores themes of youth, relationships, mental health, and social politics. It comments on the current climate young men grow up in without real leadership, and offers another perspective that is both meaningful and intimate, as well as a much needed platform for young men to access in order to heal, learn and progress.

Grown Men Keep Breaking My Heart mixes a range of styles the artists have trained in, such as Hip Hop, commercial, Kathak, and explores them under the umbrella of contemporary dance.

Supported by

  • Frances Prenn, Alexis Prenn, David Cazalet, Lucia Fortune-Ely, Rambert School, Corey Baker Dance

A Guest

by Aaron Kilercioglu
Directed by Darren Sinnott

Friday 20 January 2023

Work in progress presented as part of Blue Elephant's residency programme.

A Guest follows a married couple who really are good people. They’re vegan, they’ve adopted, they care about others. Really. So when she brings a stranger to live in their house while he was away on his Yoga retreat, it shouldn’t come as a shock. They are good people after all. But, really, who is she? In this family nothing is as it seems.

A Guest is a riveting new play by Aaron Kilercioglu (For A Palestinian) about hospitality, the nuclear family, and our very British class anxiety.

About the writer

Aaron’s debut sell-out play For A Palestinian (published by Methuen Drama) debuted at Camden People’s Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. He is currently on commission writing plays for Boundless Theatre and Elleanor Lloyd Productions. His previous work has won the BOLD Playwrights Prize and the Methuen Drama ‘Other’ Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Theatre503 Int. Playwriting Prize.

Praise for A Palestinian (2022):
★★★★★ (Everything Theatre)
★★★★★ (Pocket Size Theatre)
★★★★★ (The Reviews Hub)
★★★★★ (West End Evenings)
★★★★★ (RachelReviewed)
★★★★ (WhatsOnStage)

Aaron Kilercioglu
Darren Sinnott
Set & Costume Designer
Ellie Wintour
Sound Designer
Riwa Saab
LX Designer
Ros Chase

A Topsy Turvy Christmas


Friday 9 December 2022 - Tuesday 20 December 2022

Christmas is a little bit different this year.

Blue Elephant Theatre are back again with another festive family treat!

Combining side splitting comedy, audience interaction and a heartwarming message, A Topsy Turvy Christmas is set to delight audiences this December.

Christmas is Robin’s favourite time of year. But this year, everything is different. Her dad isn’t living with them anymore, and although she sees him a lot, it isn’t the same. Despite her efforts to make everything perfect and to feel normal again, nothing seems to be going right.

It only gets more peculiar when she is transported into one of her presents!

Inside her beautiful snow globe, the world is topsy turvy, her best friend is a Christmas tree, and Santa is very unusual indeed. Robin embarks on an adventure to help put things right, but discovers that change is all part of the journey.

A story about navigating change, listening to ourselves and finding Christmas magic, wherever you go.

Suitable for all the family but aimed at ages 4-8 years.
Running time: 45 min.
All performances are relaxed. For more info about access, please message


• Fri 9 Dec, 4:30pm
Sat 10 Dec, 2pm SOLD OUT
Sat 10 Dec, 4:30pm SOLD OUT
Sun 11 Dec, 2pm SOLD OUT
Sun 11 Dec, 4:30pm SOLD OUT

JUST ADDED Sat 17 Dec, 11am
Sat 17 Dec, 2pm SOLD OUT
Sat 17 Dec, 4:30pm SOLD OUT
JUST ADDED Sun 18 Dec, 11am
Sun 18 Dec, 2pm SOLD OUT
Sun 18 Dec, 4:30pm SOLD OUT
JUST ADDED Tue 20 Dec, 11am
JUST ADDED Tue 20 Dec, 2pm

A Topsy Turvy Christmas is generously supported by Unity Theatre Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Supported by

  • Unity Theatre Trust
  • Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

existentialism. (work in progress)

created by Iona Kirk
in association with Ellandar

Friday 18 November 2022

A new work about loneliness, isolation, and self-worth defined by early childhood relationships with music.

Tickets are Pay What You Choose.

About Iona Kirk

Iona is a neurodivergent dancer-actor, choreographer, and early career theatre maker. Iona is an alumna of London Studio Centre. She conceived & choreographed her debut work ‘(un)written • (un)heard’ with 45North and Ellandar Productions in 2019 which was presented at Fringe World Perth 2020 winning the International Dance & Physical Theatre Award. Iona has worked as a dancer with English National Opera 2018/19 and is supported in residency by Space Clarence Mews.

She is part of Ellandar's digital project ‘Yoga For The Feet’ a digital theatre work prioritising access & collaborating with neurodivergent artists originally presented at Liberty Festival 2022. Her current work-in-progress harmony. 天人合一 was a commission from Certain Blacks and is being presented as a work-in-progress at The Pleasance Futures Festival 2022.




Friday 11 November 2022

A terrific line-up of up-and-coming comedians is taking over Blue Elephant - grab a drink and witness some of the most exciting acts the UK comedy circuit has to offer!



Having grown up in China and now living in the UK, Chin Wang is an up-coming stand-up comedian in the UK comedy scene. Chin’s infinitely likable stage persona and belting gags have seen her ripping up live gigs from London to Glasgow as well as radio shows in Scotland and virtual shows streamed to Shanghai. Funny, charming, and hilariously honest, Chin is fast becoming one of the most exciting new acts to see.


Comedian Davina Bentley is a Jewish London raised comic, inspired by high status US comics such as Michelle Wolf and Ali Wong, who tackle subjects previously deemed off limits. Since starting writing and performing stand-up comedy six years ago, Davina has reached the finals of numerous competitions and performs regularly in comedy clubs including Top Secret, Vauxhall and Fulham.
As a lawyer who does not suffer fools gladly, Davina examines the absurdity of modern life and pop culture - her cynical outlook is perfectly contrasted with her energetic and smile-filled performances.
As well as performing stand-up up comedy, Davina posts sketches regularly on TikTok and Instagram, parodying the hard-hitting political TV dramas Made In Chelsea and Emily in Paris. her current TikTok record stands at 600k views for her depiction of ‘“Bohemian” Islington Dad.’


Viggo Venn is a Clown, Comedian and Norwegian! Norway is very very boring… Luckily Viggo is not, and he relocated to London and recently won the “NATYS - New Act of The Year”. His solo show “Viggo Venn: Club Comedian” sold out its Edinburgh Fringe run.


King Kong winner 2021. Another of South London’s brightest lights, Ahmed has appeared at Up the Creek and many other top comedy clubs. His natural, relaxed style is charming and endearing.


New Jersey native Leslie Gold speaks truth to power - and to anyone who will listen. With no patience for idiocy, Leslie is endearingly funny and confident enough to get away with it.
West End New Act of the Year One to Watch 2022
So You Think You’re Funny Semi-Finalist 2021


Maclarry is a South African comedian raised by the world on a mission to bring laughter to all. Join him on his journey of funny as he crafts hilarious tales in his warm, natural style including navigating life in London, fatherhood and adulting in general.


A regular on the London comedy circuit, Fitzgerald Honger is a dynamic comedian who has performed in top comedy clubs across London and the UK including Up the Creek and the comedy store. When not doing comedy, Fitz is a producer. He’s worked for international companies spanning PR and broadcast television including MTV and Discovery, and has developed a wealth of contacts within the TV and entertainment industries.