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Past programme

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

Writers at Work: The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You

Writer / Director Justen Bennett

Rehearsed readings by the writers and directors of tomorrow

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Leaping between moments in time, from train cars to undersea exploits to low-tech laser tag, two people pull each other along an impulsive journey through memory, adventure, and a relationship on tenterhooks. These two men bend narrative to their whim, battling with lists, reconciling with biscuits, and running from a reality they can't decide to embrace or defy.

There are moments in life that everything is either before or after; The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You is about those.

Paula James, Fergal Philips and Colin Waitt.

Writers at Work: Flying Asparagus


Wednesday 12 October 2011

Could you memorize a whole volume of the Britannica in an hour? Do you look people in the eyes? What’s the most unusual pet you would have? You hate green peas, don’t you? How do you react when people touch you?

Max has asparagus in his head. Or so he thinks. Trapped in a research programme, he is trying to resist, to find himself, to exceed his limits. Max is our alter-ego. In his case, it’s called Asperger's. It could also simply be called Different.

Natalie Katsou
Erica Miller
Anne Bird, Ruvimbo Govera and Gareth Murphy.

Mi patria son mis zapatos (My Hometown is in my Shoes) and The Other


An evening of butoh-inspired dance

Wednesday 5 October 2011 - Saturday 8 October 2011

Mi patria son mis zapatos

A piece exploring the conflict of nomadic existence through movement, primitive drums and song. Can one find permanent residence in one’s own footwear?

Choreographer and dancer
Florencia Guerberof
Najib Coutya (voice and oud) & Elizabeth Nott (percussion)
Arata Mori

The Other


Lost in the night garden
A man comes across a strange creature
The Moth
Repelled by her
Yet intrigued
They dance towards the light

Genovel Andrei Alexa & Lucia Tong
Visual Projections by
SOnal, Luc Song & Maaike Anne Stevens


Seemingly Invisible

A romantic, tragic, cheeky tale of human endeavour and heartbreak

Tuesday 27 September 2011 - Saturday 1 October 2011

“Rain was pouring in London Town…”

People pass you by, time ticks away on a typical British morning until, out of the settling gloom, an almost tangible and apparently invisible force emerges… What this force offers is for every individual to discover.

Smoking Apples Theatre invites you to embark on a journey, through trial and tribulation, to the ultimate destination where they give you back your dreams…

Review in UK Theatre Network

Lighting Design by:
Karl Oskar Sørdal
Blake Aleksander, Molly Freeman, Matt Lloyd & Hattie Thomas.

The Book of Disquiet

Directed by Nicholai La Barrie

Tuesday 14 June 2011 - Saturday 2 July 2011
Post-show discussion
On Tuesday the 22nd of June there was a post show discussion with Professor John London who specializes in performance analysis and the history of theatre.

Listed as one of The Guardian's top 100 books of all time, Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet was discovered in a trunk in his apartment in Lisbon after his death in 1935. Part novel, part memoir, part philosophical meditation on the futility of living, Pessoa’s Livro defies definition and endures as a testament to modernist writing.

Why do I feel strangely drawn to the kind of people I’d usually run a mile from? Religious fundamentalists, for example. At least those guys make an effort. They yearn for what they really don’t know. The rest of us cross the stage as walk-ons, extras, without any lines. Satisfied with the pompous solemnity of the crossing itself.

Review: Running in Heels

Review: Behind The Fringe

The Book of Disquiet Web Page

Translation/adaptation by
Mark O'Thomas
Lighting design by
Pablo Fernandez Baz
Alex Clarke, Sara Lewerth, Gareth Murphy, Emily Wallis

(Wo)men and me


Tuesday 7 June 2011 - Saturday 11 June 2011

"'Cause it's OK to be a boy
But for a boy to look like a girl
Is degrading
'Cause you think that being a girl
Is degrading
But secretly you'd love to know
What it's like, wouldn't you?
What it feels like for a girl"

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Secret Garden

Performance maker and choreographer Tonny A returns to the Blue Elephant with an exploration of androgyny and psychological identity with this new dance double bill.

AR-men is a male duet which engages in a physical dialogue, playing with their bodies' own contradictions, contrasts and similarities, to perfect and eventually challenge the ultimate image of the Masculine Man.

Women in Me ponders what a man is meant to make of his sexual and social identities when he re-acquaints himself with his lost femininity. A blend of sensual, erotic and dark undertones, this solo piece playfully takes on what it feels to be feminine inside a man's body.

Sweet or Sour specializes in contemporary performance as well as in experimental dance and physical theatre, often crossing over various artistic disciplines to conceive pieces that deal with sexuality, ethnicity and social identity.

Tonny A, Jean Magnard & Nick Smith


Wednesday 20 April 2011 - Saturday 11 June 2011

An exhibition of mixed media drawings.

Costume transforms; the performer transforms... 'Walk a mile in my shoes' means so much more if they are transparent perspex stilettos and if you are a six foot muscular black man.

How we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us cannot be controlled but it can be manipulated and subverted. How we dress can be manipulative and subversive...


Barbe Bleue

By Theatre Temoin

Wednesday 1 June 2011 - Saturday 4 June 2011

Bluebeard had many wives, in succession, and killed every one. Can Louise turn the tide, or will she too fall victim to Perrault's notorious killer?

The setting: a London artist's studio flat. The time: very early in the morning... Or is it very late at night? Louise is sleeplessly searching for inspiration, until her work is interrupted by the arrival of a surprising visitor. Theatre Témoin uses puppetry, clowning, and original music to take you on a journey through urban isolation and psychosis to unlock the forbidden chamber of the creative mind.

A reworking of Barbe Blue has been given a full production at The Blue Elephant Theatre from Tuesday 28 February - Saturday 17 March under the new title of The Fantasist.

Ailin Conant
Devising cast
Julia Corrêa, Catherine Gerrard & Julia Yevnine
Puppet Maker/Director
Katerina Damvoglou
Set/Costume Design
Suneeda Maruthiyil
Lighting Design
Allan Ramsay
Furniture Design
Daniel Moss


by Temple Theatre

Wednesday 25 May 2011 - Saturday 28 May 2011

Richard Darbourne, Troels Hagen Findsen & Paul O'Mahoney

Casa and Magical Chairs

Thursday 19 May 2011 - Saturday 21 May 2011


A theatrical dance piece with elements of structured improvisation, a collage of still images and stylized sketches inspired from typical everyday life situations.

Big heavy coats come to life... Characters go through individual journeys... Sense of belonging and what makes a place home are questioned...

Magical Chairs

"There are an estimated 143 million abandoned chairs worldwide. Many millions more are abandoned or separated from their immediate and extended owners, living on the street, in institutions, or supporting their siblings on their own..."

A short play about childhood, magic tricks and musical chairs brings you a game of the absurdist kind, with realistic undertones and dystopic nuances. Can you take it seriously? Can you enjoy it?

Casa Choreographer
Annarita Mazzilli
Casa Composer & Cellist
Anna Scott
Magical Chairs Writer
Mary Mazzilli
Magical Chairs Director
Christopher O'Donnell
Magical Chairs Sound Designer
Simon McCabe
Costume Designer
Orietta Araya
Magical chairs cast
Rebecca Kenny, Gareth Murphy & Lotan Sapir
Casa cast
Clare Brzezicki, Ester Escolano, Nacho Garoz, Chloe Hall-Smith, Arwen Hobday, Annarita Mazzilli, Donovan Morris, Katja Nyqvist & Irène Wernli

Mervyn Peake 1911-1968: Centenary Celebrations


Tuesday 26 April 2011 - Thursday 28 April 2011
Tickets are FREE but must be reserved in advance to guarantee entrance. Book tickets

The Blue Elephant marks Mervyn Peake's centenary year with a mini-festival of his plays and poetry celebrating his diversity as a writer. Following our world premiere of The Cave last year, we discover once again that Peake's imagination and inspiration extended far beyond Gormenghast...

Tuesday 26 April: Rehearsed reading of Noah's Ark

Intended for children, Peake’s unmistakable prose makes his behind-the-scenes account of this well-known biblical story just as engaging for adult audiences. Originally aired on BBC radio, this charming play is long overdue a theatrical staging.

Noah's Ark was given a full production at the Blue Elephant Theatre for Christmas 2011.

Wednesday 27 April: Rehearsed reading of Mr Loftus or And a Horse of Air

The dust in his room is ankle deep yet Mr Loftus still insists on being served tea and brandy by his butler. With an eccentric anti-hero whose manners are decidedly ungentlemanly, this previously unseen play is Peake's distinctive take on the comedy of manners.

"Mad? Did you say mad? I have gone sane. That's much more difficult."

Thursday 28 April: The Poems of Peake

An evening of Peake's poetry read, staged and interpreted by a range of artists. With a post-performance Q&A with the writer's son Sebastian Peake.

Festival Director
Aaron Paterson
Associate director
Mhairi Grealis
Lighting designer
Claire Childs
Ewen Moore
Ashley Alymann, Jaclyn Bradley, Christian Devellerez, Laurence Dobiesz, Matthew Haigh, Cassandra Hodges, Nic Lamont, Adam Langstaff, Alexis Leighton, Martina Moss-Clarke, Louise Mai Newberry, Andrew Phipps, Mark Smedley, Ceridwen Smith, Denholm George Spurr, James Stanyer, Gil Sutherland, Emily Wallis



A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London's most exciting artists across the arts. Physical theatre, cabaret, comedy, performance art... A Blue Elephant season in one evening!

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Rosie’s Pop Diary

Fringe Report Award-winning Comic Rosie Wilby started out as a singer-songwriter fronting her own band ‘Wilby’. The story of band relationships and breakups, bizarre auditions, parties and gigs was captured in words in the column Rosie’s Pop Diary that ran from 1996-2000 in the now defunct Making Music Magazine.

Mixing visuals, storytelling, stand up and acoustic versions of the songs written at the time, Rosie brings back to life the emotional rollercoaster of trying to make it in the music business at the height of Britpop… and investigates whether her column really told the whole story…

Yellow Moths & Spilt Milk

Four wise men once asked:

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality…
(Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see)

Drawing on dreams, popular culture, autobiography, mythology and physics, Pachamama’s Bordello invites you to plumb the depths of reality from the cell to the celestial. Join us as we run across the planes of human existence with wild abandon. Prepare to encounter shady tricksters, a mother obsessed with birds, a poor version of Judy Garland, cabaret singers, hospital patients and eternal wanderers. Using a heady mix of live singing, physical theatre and snippets of stories, Yellow Moths & Spilt Milk pokes at what it means to be on this journey called life.

Asta Nielsen is Dead [a silent move]

"The silent film actress Asta Nielsen died in 1972
A performer doesn’t have a long life on stage
One of us has to die

These are the first subtitles in this performance. Two performers will interact with projected texts and images, using methods found in silent films. As in these films, the performers will suffer from the tragedies of love & attempt to escape bizarre and humorous accidents. At the end there is just one open question: who is going to die?

Asta Nielsen is Dead is an experimental dance mime by
[RE:artzzZ]------re|thinking art.

Concept & Performance: Regina Fichtner & Patrizia Carlota
Music & Sound: Steve Haben
Editor: Ana Carrusca

Rubies In The Attic

1898 An Italian boards a boat for America as a Russian Jew. Mistakes Cable Street for Cape Town.
1900 Charles joins the circus.
1938 Pat is taken in by a bald man at the bar.

Beautiful and bold Cabaret Theatre created and performed by The Ruby Dolls. Rubies In the Attic explores the shared histories of four women, starting at the turn of the 20th century. Intertwining Coward with Klezmer and Tango with African folk, the Dolls cross musical landscapes and political divides. Join them as they unearth their beginnings and sing their back way home.

Not looking for anyone

"People want to be found, but they’re not looking for anyone…"

Guerilla Dance Project attempts to answer the question of what has become of
social dance and physical courting rituals in an anonymous urbanised society,
and what its prospects are as our social interactions become increasingly

The show examines this through the lens of a female individual, using
vocabulary from the company’s trademark ‘random acts of dance when you least
expect them’. As she observes the numb world around her, routine movements
unfold into a vibrant display of our contemporary physicality, forcing us to
'experience the everyday as aesthetic'.

Once Upon a Time...

Filskit Theatre is commited to creating work that ignites the imagination of
audiences. Using their own special 'Filskit' blend of micro projection, light,
movement, shadow and music, they take a closer look at a real fairytale



by Lazarus Theatre Company (Winner, 'Best Fringe or Regional Play': Othello April 2010 - Broadway World UK Awards)

Tuesday 22 March 2011 - Saturday 16 April 2011

Ambition, violence, tyranny and evil... Lazarus returns to Shakespeare for this explosive and blood thirsty production of one of the most iconic plays ever written.

Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, rises with a viscous and savage thirst for power, reputation and dominance. His rapid and sensational succession through the ranks - encouraged by his wife's dominance - leads to him being crowned King and ultimately his destruction.

A large ensemble of over fifteen actors will create this dark, violent and demonic production, combining text, movement and music to create a world of witchcraft, masculinity and divine intervention.

Directed and Designed by
Ricky Dukes
Ria Whitton
Sound Design
Liam Welton
Lighting Design
Heather Doole
Costume Design
Rebecca Mills
Photography by
Adam Trigg Photography
James Billington, Alice Brown, Chris Casey, Chris Chambers, Lewis Davidson, Charlotte Dodds, Claire Gaydon, Sam Harding, Anthony Harwood, Robin Holden, James Inkson, Dotty Kultys, Elly Lowney, Evan Regueira, Douglas Rutter, Ceridwen Smith, Victoria Sye, Benjamin Wainwright & Chris Wynn


A real life story of paralysis captured through puppetry and performance.

Tuesday 22 February 2011 - Saturday 12 March 2011

Three shows, three critically-acclaimed offerings: since 2005 Sketty Productions have been using original puppetry to fuel their physical approach in creating emotive drama.

The work produced has been praised as extraordinary, innovative, beautiful and intelligent, and as much dynamic as it is deeply moving.

Taken from the true story of Tom Nabarro and his partner Ellen, this latest piece explores the lives of an inspiring young couple prevailing over apparent tragedy. What has been discovered is a story of astounding determination, unique love, hope...And laughter.

Toby Clarke
Lighting Designer
Joshua Pharo
Alex Clarke (Nominated: Best Actor, The Offies 2011), Amelia De-Felice, Adam Langstaff, Hattie Thomas & Emily Wallis (Nominated: Best Actress, The Offies 2011)


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Radio Interview
Feature on Reprezent radio

Clichéd & Mind The Gap

Dance & Theatre (double-bill)

Tuesday 7 December 2010 - Saturday 18 December 2010


Sebastian Rex Dance Group

Cliché: an overused expression or idea.

What happens when clichés are stripped from their meaning and being given new ones? Can Mendelssohn’s wedding march ever be used for the unhappiest day of your life? Will the Jaws theme tune ever signify anything less frightening or are there plenty more fish in the sea? Following critics’ choice in Time Out, SRDG return to the Blue Elephant with an exploration of the oldest phrases in the books…

Mind The Gap

Acting Like Mad

Mind the Gap is a playful exploration in story-telling, channelling into the futility of youth. Four friends go on holiday to London. They sit, talk, sleep with each other and play games in short staccato dialogue, with characters playing other parts in order to tell their stories. We get a glimpse into these young lives - their personalities and childhood traumas - in a quirky and energetic manner. Scenes are short and dynamic. Just like that sentence was. Even more so. Like that.

Review by Vicky Bell from The Public Reviews

Review by Olivia Parker from Running In Heels

Review by

Lisette Foster
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Lisa Bender, Nick Bosanko, Emma Brett, Eleanor Guest, Akiyo Ishihashi, Jean Magnard, Ughetta Pratesi & Tiffany Siede
'Mind the Gap' by
Sebastian Rex (Awarded a Peggy Ramsey Foundation grant in 2010)
Maria Prevelli
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Christian Devellerez & Sarah Hall


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