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Past programme

Showcases an eclectic range of fresh and interesting contemporary work, largely by emerging artistslondondance.com
Family

A Christmas Carol

Written by Jim Rastall

Presented by Redbridge Drama Centre in association with Jim Rastall

Date
Sunday 10 December 2017

Will the spirits of Christmas transform the miserly old Scrooge? Which lucky audience member will get to play Tiny Tim? And who on earth gave the telly away? Wonderfully silly and tenderly heart-wrenching, Charles Dickens’ spellbinding tale is imaginatively brought to life in this fast-paced adventure comedy - featuring spooky spectres, audience interaction, and many a change of hat!

A perfect seasonal treat for ages five to five hundred, this tremendous new adaptation proves that nothing can replace your friends - and that with just a little kindness, the world can be very exciting indeed.


Supported by

Family

Little Red Riding Hood

Dates
Thursday 7 December 2017 - Saturday 9 December 2017

All previously advertised performances are sold out but there is a NEW performance on Saturday 9th December at 12.30 and there are still tickets left for this performance!

This much-loved story is reinvented as a playful pantomime. Moon On A Stick combine enchanting puppetry & storytelling with all the traditional pantomime elements in a fun, imaginative show.

Featuring live music, dance and audience interaction, get really involved with the story and help Little Red through the forest. Packed full of silliness, a sassy heroine and sparkles, this is the perfect introduction to panto for children aged 3+ and their families.

Performances on Saturday 9th December are relaxed performances, especially suitable for young children or those with additional needs.

Performance Times:
Thursday 7th December: 11:15, 13:45 & 16:30
Friday 8th December: 10:00, 11:15 & 13:45
Saturday 9th December: 14:30 & 17:00 - NEW performance at 12.30


Supported by

Dance

Blue Cloud Scratch

Date
Tuesday 5 December 2017

Blue Cloud Scratch is an exciting new dance scratch night, showcasing works in progress from a diverse range of choreographers, and is curated by Blue Elephant Theatre and Cloud Dance Festival. Blue Cloud Scratch aims to encourage and provide emerging dance artists with opportunities to present their works in progress and receive feedback from audiences and peers.

For more about the Blue Cloud Scratch and Cloud Dance Festival, click here.

Walls Between Us - Eriketi Andreadaki

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall. That wants it down.
So why do we continue to build them?

Walls Between Us explores the contradiction of creating and breaking boundaries and barriers. It dwells on the human need for fellowship and meaningful connection as well as the distance and barriers between us.

Drawing inspiration from Robert Frost’s Mending Wall, we investigate the concepts of limitation, personal space, touch and communication in an attempt to discover whether indeed “good fences make good neighbours.”

Eriketi Andreadaki is a London-based dance artist, originally from Athens, Greece. She graduated with a MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School, where she toured nationally and internationally with postgraduate company EDge. She also holds a BA (Hons) in Media Studies and Communication. Since graduating she has worked with a number of independent artists, such as Joanna Kalm and A(r)ct. Her most recent choreographic work Walls Between Us was presented in October 2017 in Greece, in collaboration with Emi Amerikanou.

Performers: Sophia Sednova and Eriketi Andreadaki
Originally performed by: Emi Amerikanou and Eriketi Andreadaki

Baby Plus Two (Excerpts) - Bricolage Dance UK/Lise Smith.

“There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,” said some bloke who
was clearly no good at multitasking. This solo is our rebuttal.

Pram firmly in the hallway, Baby Plus Two brings to life the physical and psychological experiences of early parenthood - from breast engorgement to mastery of nappy-sniffing via a constant low-level angst; filled, like motherhood itself, with angst, humour and love.

Lise Smith trained at Trinity Laban, graduating in 2006. She has produced companies including Kate Flatt, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre and Kamala Devam, and made work for companies including Cambridge Contemporary Dance as well as performing and rehearsal directing. She has worked with Bricolage Dance since 2012, becoming a co-director in 2017.

Performer: Jodie Adele Cole
Music: Lise Smith

Quebranto - Lucía Piquero & Renzo Spiteri

This work in progress is a personal collaboration based on ideas surrounding freedom of expression and the loss of it either by external means or personal impositions. It explores feelings of inadequacy, lack of words in the face of current political and social situations, and how, although it is not possible to express certain horrors, silence is even worse a response.

Choreographer Lucía Piquero and sound artist Renzo Spiteri come together once again to explore the possibilities of performance to incite discussion and present different view on current social issues

Performer: Lucía Piquero
Sound Artist: Renzo Spiteri

Exhibit F - Becky Namgauds

Exhibit F is a raw and commanding solo work exploring how female oppression, identity and a collective loss of memory are connected. For how long can women study their own absence? Bare chested and breathing heavily the performer searches her tendrils of hair which soon become parted and dragged across the floor.

Becky Namgauds has worked with artists such as Marion Motin, Holly Blakey and Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre, and is featured in videos for Dior, Klyne and Dua Lipa. Her solo work Severed Dreams has been performed around the UK and in 2016 Becky was selected by Hofesh Shechter to create ‘RodaDoras’ for East Wall Warm Up produced by East London Dance and Hofesh Shechter Company.

Performer: Becky Namgauds
Extra Direction: Marso Riviere

We Received Orders Not To Move - Margherita Borg and Ming

We have received orders not to move. We have been instructed how to sit, stand, walk. Our bodies reject these orders.

Ming & Marg Are currently studying at Roehampton University to receive an MFA in Choreography. They recently collaborated a lighting design for The Print Room’s International Festival.

Performers: Margherita Borg and Ming


Theatre

The Invisible

 

Dates
Thursday 30 November 2017 - Friday 1 December 2017

She waits for airplanes to cross the sky. She wants to see the outside world. She folds paper planes. She takes a flight. She leaves home. She arrives in a foreign country. She feels invisible. She asks why.

A storyteller stands alone on the stage, sharing a story about an invisible character.

What happens when East Asian culture lands at Heathrow Airport? How much do you know about the invisible? How little do you know? The Invisible is a one-woman show by Yuyu Wang, drawing on real experiences of living in a foreign country, incorporating story-telling, music and movement. It aims to explore the vulnerability, homesickness and otherness of Asian communities overseas, offering a new perspective on current contemporary discussions around immigration, alienation and home.


Reviews

★★★★ “Wang has the intensity and charisma to carry this off in spades and her magnetic performance makes it easy for the audience to invest in this story”

Fairy Powered Productions

“…intensely emotional and personal, achieving a rare feeling of intimacy between audience and performer”

The Spy in the Stalls

Devised and performed by
Yuyu Wang
Theatre

The Tricycle

Dates
Tuesday 21 November 2017 - Saturday 25 November 2017

Apal and Climando have to pay for the tricycle they hired but they don´t have the money. How far will they go to survive in a world where all hope of a future is lost?

Three teenagers and an old man try to survive in a hostile, unintelligible and alienating world. They’re just four marginal characters looking for their place in a system which forgot them. What will they do for the chance of a better tomorrow?

The Tricycle was the first play by renowned Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal. Written in 1952, is a strangely light-hearted tale of poverty and murder. In this perfect example of Absurd Theatre, the writer questions the limits of freedom and the relationship between our acts and their consequences in a rotten society in which children commit sinister acts to survive.

Bright South Theatre, under the direction of Jesús Chavero, presents the London premiere of a new adaptation of The Tricycle. This young Spanish company presents its first project in English, portraying a playful yet disturbing world and posing questions as relevant now as when The Tricycle was first written.

Please note that Southwark Council is repairing footpaths outside our building and parking is currently restricted

Running Time: 75 minutes


Reviews

“The cast bring charisma to their individual roles, especially Gichigi as the cheerful Climando”

Euston Street Diaries

Theatre

How to Cope with Embarrassment

Dates
Wednesday 15 November 2017 - Saturday 18 November 2017

The Two Pale Ladies, and their new pale mate present How to Cope with Embarrassment, an irreverent showcase of what makes us tick, blush, cringe and silently scream.

We want to explore what it is to be embarrassed and how it happens, so that maybe we can find a way of coping with it.

So that we can reduce the number of times a day we wish that the ground would open up and lose us within its burning furnace.

So that we may sleep better, with a clearer conscience.

So that we may be less embarrassed.

How to Cope with Embarrassment is part forum theatre, live art, cabaret, wanna-be comedy and a little bit of karaoke. Deliberately adopting a disloyal frame, it stomps between genres and styles as a reaction to the fickle and capricious nature of Embarrassment, with a focus on failure and error.

Please note that Southwark Council is repairing footpaths outside our building and parking may be restricted during this run


Reviews

"some exquisitely awkward moments here, real masterpieces of comic timing and endurance."

Euston Street Diaries

Family

Shakespearience

Date
Friday 10 November 2017

Join Shakespeare's Men as they fly through the Bard's Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night in a whirlwind hour of mischievous storytelling. With tons of audience interaction, more than a dash of mayhem and a star turn from one lucky adult (shhh don't tell!), Shakespearience is the perfect treat for all the family.

★★★★★ "Utterly hilarious... a wildly successful all-family show" - The Stage

★★★★ "They keep the children rapt and transported whilst giving them a great early start to the Bard" - The List

Please note that this performance will be filmed for promotional purposes.

Limited tickets remaining - please contact the box office on 020 7701 0100 for more information or to be added to the waiting list.


Theatre

The Conversation

 

Date
Wednesday 8 November 2017

The Conversation is a performance which explores the topic of consent. Lauren considers the language of consent and how we talk about it, or, how we do not talk about it.

Don’t worry, she’s not looking to shock you and she’s definitely not angry at you. She just wants to impress you.

Lauren attempts to create a safe space where you feel relaxed and invited to enjoy yourself with the help of her hosting. All of this is for you, and she won’t let you forget it. She’s pulling out all the stops on this special night. She’s setting herself high expectations, and she may fail to meet them. You may feel the urge to leave, and you are welcome to, whenever you want.

But oh baby, please don’t go, she just wants you to stay.

Age restriction 15+


Reviews

★★★★ “Burch is a charming personality and more than capable of enrapturing an audience for an hour”

The Spy in the Stalls

Created by
Lauren Aimee Burch
Theatre

The Dance Hall

 

Dates
Wednesday 1 November 2017 - Thursday 2 November 2017

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.

Thursday's performance is now sold out. Please call to be added to the waiting list


Reviews

"a beautiful story that many can relate to”

The Spy in the Stalls

Writer
Eve Niker
Family

Little Elephant Creepy Cook & Spooky Stories

 

Date
Tuesday 31 October 2017

Join Blue Elephant Theatre for some spooky, but friendly, interactive storytelling at the newly opened Elephant Park! Inspired by Halloween and aimed especially at early years, the Blue Elephant storytellers have a treat in store for local families!

Spooky storytelling at 2pm and 4pm.

Tickets are FREE - booking is advised but not essential. Book your tickets here.

Find out more about Elephant Park.

Please note these performances are in Elephant Park only, and NOT at Blue Elephant Theatre.


Theatre

The Actualisation Show

by Ephemeral Ensemble

Dates
Thursday 26 October 2017 - Saturday 28 October 2017

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.


Reviews

★★★★★ “Unmissable!... The highs were atmospheric, the lows lay heavy in the pit of your stomach."

Everything Theatre

Directors:
Eygló Belafonte & Ramon Ayres
Set, Prop & Costume:
Rob Evison
Music, Sound & Lyrics:
Alex Paton
Collaborators for research:
Professor David Mosse, PAPYRUS & L.A.S.
Cast
Ramon Ayres & Rob Evison

Supported by

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

The Man, The Myths, The Legends

Dates
Thursday 19 October 2017 - Friday 20 October 2017

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.

Delicacy

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..."


Theatre

A Thousand Pieces

presented with Unscripted Theatre Company

Date
Saturday 14 October 2017

Unscripted Theatre Company and Blue Elephant Theatre present a night showcasing London’s emerging actors and musicians.

From monologues to melodies, watch up-and-coming acts share bitesize performances…with the option to take to the stage yourself in the Open Mic section.

Unscripted Theatre Company are a new company who aim to support performers to take the next step in their careers, whether it be auditioning for drama school or jumping into professional work for the first time.

Join us on October 14th to discover the talent of tomorrow taking that next step.

Tickets are FREE (although donations on the door are greatly appreciated), but should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked here.


Dance

Blue Cloud Scratch

Date
Wednesday 4 October 2017

Blue Cloud Scratch is an exciting new dance scratch night, showcasing works in progress from a diverse range of choreographers, and is curated by Blue Elephant Theatre and Cloud Dance Festival. Blue Cloud Scratch aims to encourage and provide emerging dance artists with opportunities to present their works in progress and receive feedback from audiences and peers.

For more about the Blue Cloud Scratch and Cloud Dance Festival, click here.

Ruby Embley & Yanaëlle Thiran - Et si Cécile …

Et si Cécile … imagines Chaminade’s early days as a composer, with a playful take on her struggle to establish herself in this male-dominated field. The duet draws from our experiences of creative processes and gender politics and explores two sides of the 19th Century woman’s personality – powerless but passionate, determined to pursue an artistic career, regardless of societal expectations.

Ruby Embley and Yanaëlle Thiran are London-based freelance dance artists who have been working together since 2014. They graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2015 and subsequently took a one-year choreography course at Siobhan Davies Dance. Yanaëlle joined MoveMe Dance in March 2017. Since June, MoveMe and Elizabeth House have been supporting them in the creation of this new duet.

Supported by Bert Roman/MoveMe Dance and Elizabeth House Community Centre.

Dancers: Ruby Embley & Yanaëlle Thiran

Kuan-Yu Chen & Marie Chabert - The Clapping Piece

The piece invites the audience to be aware of the impact of their presence in the theatrical context.
A funny and light dance theatre duet challenges the roles ‘performers/observers’ in an unusual way.
Questioning who is being watched and who's giving inspiration? Can the performance exist without the audience and vice versa?

Kuan-Yu Chen (Taiwan) and Marie Chabert (France) are independent dance artists with international collaborating experiences who recently started sharing artistic ideas together.
They are interested in audience interaction and reaction, improvisation score, site-specific, challenging conventions and provoking some laughter.

Performers: Kuan-Yu Chen and Marie Chabert
Image Credit: Ollie Smallwood

Natalia Iwaniec - Birdland

Stabilization and the lack of stabilization. My life to a certain degree became nomadic. It is hard for me to stay in one place and difficult for me to settle. I am constantly looking for something: for home, for love, for work, for friends, for dance, for freedom. Life is a journey and you get to decide how you will travel. You can travel alone or with others, you can travel to find answers, to find home or to escape home. I am constantly searching for my promised land.

Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher. She finished her Master’s in Theatre in Cracov and completed her degree in Dance at the Dance College in Wrocław in Poland. As a dancer she has collaborated with such choreographers as Yasmeen Godder, Iwona Olszowska, Ella Ben-Aharon, Rhiannon Faith and others. Natalia became a qualified teacher of Gaga in August 2012. Since then she has travelled all over Europe and Israel to teach Gaga. She also choreographs, recently creating the piece The Link for dance students in STW in Poznan, Poland and FORMal in residency in Scenario Pubblico in Sicily. Natalia is a co-founder and member of NaNa Collective, based in London. Natalia premiered her solo work Birdland in July during Budapest’s International Dance Week.

Briar Adams/Hack Ballet - Grace

Grace is part of a new work by Hack Ballet, choreographed by Briar Adams.

Dancers: Briar Adams, Marie Seehy & Mikulas Urbanek


Dance

They Live Next Door

Date
Tuesday 26 September 2017

Set in a home, on a street not too far from your own, They Live Next Door explores the light and the dark of a relationship between two men. Against a background of domestic rituals, the multiple relationships between them unfold, weaving memories, struggles and dreams.

They Live Next Door is a touching, tender and gritty show, intertwining theatre with intricate choreography and nostalgic melodies as it explores preconceptions around masculinity and communication.

Ieva (pronounced: Yeah-va) Kuniskis is a Lithuanian choreographer based in London. She combines dance and theatre to share stories about everyday life, creating an unique movement language and distinct authentic characters. Ieva interweaves universally relevant themes with affecting, personal stories, inviting audiences to relate to them and follow their own emotional journey in parallel to that of the characters.

They Live Next Door is now sold out. If you would like to see it, please contact us on 02077010100 to be put on the waiting list.

Commissioned by Swindon Dance

Supported by Pavilion Dance South West, The Point, Bradford Theatre In The Mill, Laban Theatre, The Mill Arts Centre Banbury

Funded by Arts Council England using public funding through the National Lottery.

They Live Next Door. Choreographer ieva Kuniskis. Trailer 2 NQ from Ieva Kuniskis on Vimeo.


Reviews

★★★★ "Kuniskis has a fine-tuned directorial skill, maintaining an arresting momentum across these brief vignettes, without any loss of her audience’s palpable fascination."

DanceTabs

Choreographer/Director
Ieva Kuniskis
Composer
Dougie Evans
Costume Designer
Ryan Dawson Laight
Lighting Designer
Barnaby Booth
Dramaturg
Lou Cope
Producer
Sarah Shead / Spin Arts
Research Producer
Jih-Wen Yeh / StepOutArts
Cast
Mark Boldin and Nicholas Minns

Supported by

  • Arts Council England and other sponsors part a
  • Arts Council England and other sponsors part b
  • Arts Council England and other sponsors part c
  • Arts Council England and other sponsors part d