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Past programme

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

Spare Tyre Scratches

Date
Sunday 16 November 2014

Brace yourself for new writing that will touch your heart, scuff your emotions.

Gavin Dent directs provocative and abrasive new writing by three emerging artists aged 70+ . Writers explore ageing: looking back, looking forward, looking towards death.

Scratches challenges prejudice and celebrates diversity.

Spare Tyre is one of the UK’s leading participatory arts charities. They have over 35 years of experience of using and making theatre that enables voiceless communities and individuals to share and celebrate their untold stories.

Recommended for ages 14+.

Running time: 85 minutes


Reviews

"It's a night of works-in-progress - but it's certainly far enough along for an audience, and it's thoroughly interesting."

Views from the Gods

Director
Gavin Dent
Theatre

The Son of Heaven, the Servant of God & the Map of the World

by Tattooed Potato

Dates
Tuesday 11 November 2014 - Saturday 15 November 2014

“You may travel about while reclining at ease, and scan the countries of the world without going out of doors.”

Beijing, 1582. An Italian Jesuit presents the Emperor of China with a map as tall as a man and twice as wide, one of the first ever to show the whole world, old and new, East and West.

Anticipating the internet by four hundred years, two men -- one thousands of miles from home, the other in a palace he would never leave – survey the world without taking a step. A journey through memory and imagination to discover whether home is a place or something we carry within ourselves.

A work-in-progress production by Tattooed Potato.

“Intriguing… packed full of daring approaches, strong acting and bold imagery”
★★★★ Views from the Gods on Tattooed Potato’s The Nightmare Dreamer


Reviews

"There's an exuberance that comes entirely naturally with whatever the group are doing that's frankly infectious...I've no doubt this could be another triumph for the delightfully idiosyncratic team"

Views from the Gods

"Combining physical theatre, shadowplay and drama the cast tells an intriguing story...I am looking forward to the full production."

UK Theatre Network

Theatre

Cycles of the Southern Wild

Dates
Tuesday 4 November 2014 - Saturday 8 November 2014
Post-show discussion:
Wednesday 5 November

In November 2012 Cat Gerrard began a journey across America, by bicycle. She soon learned that 2767 miles is not just a journey on a map: it’s a journey into our own depths.

Travelling across swamp and desert, stretched out and blown about by forces outside and in, she discovered how to stay still at full tilt. Join Cat and cyclist and percussionist Belinda Sherlock as they interclash and rhythmically mash storytelling and percussion, using only their voices, bodies and bicycles.

"Cat Gerrard has taken the art of the personal narrative to a new dimension in Cycles of the Southern Wild, it is woven cleverly into fragments of myth and folklore; Gerrard steps gracefully between them all. Her touch is light and her presence is captivating. She invites us as audience to go with her, and it is easy to say yes".

~ Clare Muireann Murphy, Storyteller


Reviews

"Our hero weaves in creation myths and folk tales elegantly, in an almost Neil Gaimanesque fashion" ★★★★

Views From The Gods

Storyteller
Cat Gerrard
Percussionist
Belinda Sherlock

Supported by

Theatre

The Lonely Room

Photograph by Kasia Rucinska & Andrzej Strzalowski

Dates
Wednesday 29 October 2014 - Friday 31 October 2014

Time has stopped.

They wait.
And wait…
and wait ...
and wait.

They wait, surrounded by nothingness and the empty loneliness of their existence. Occasionally, they catch a glimpse of hopeful change and move beyond their fears. But as quickly as it comes, it goes...

The Lonely Room is an enchanting mime duet by Eloise Carles and Flavia Bertram telling the story of two women trapped in the in-between of life. This story is inspired by our inner passive dreamers. We all know them: they articulate their desires, but take no real action towards fulfilling their imagined adventures. Through the language of corporeal mime and dance set to an atmospheric score, the duo create a timeless world of fears, anxieties, dreams and - most importantly - hope.

The Lonely Room is presented as is a work-in-progress. Eloise and Flavia intend to take it to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 and showcase the project internationally.

There will be a chance for questions and answers after the show.


Reviews

"The Lonely Room held a mystical and entrancing spell throughout the entirety of it, combing the art of mime, music, the expressional range of the face and body all with nothing more than two bodies and seven chairs"

Dulwich on View

Devising cast
Flavia Bertram
Devising cast
Eloise Carles
Composer
Michael Neo

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
Theatre

A Double Bill of New Works- in-Progress

by Unstable Table

Dates
Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Saturday 25 October 2014
Post-show discussion:
Wednesday 22 October

Lone Rangers

One female human discovers she is not alone.

So does the other.

Physical comedy Lone Rangers combines clowning, monsters and a lifetime supply of shaving equipment. How will our heroines survive the first chapter of their perilous adventure?

One for Sorrow

Keith has been awake for six days. He will do just about anything to avoid sleeping. He’s been talking to his grandmother, even though she’s dead, and now he wants to talk to us.

One for Sorrow is a darkly comic audience with a man confronting his lifelong nightmares.


Reviews

"The short plays, both only 45 minutes long and riveting in aspect, are well-suited to the small, comfortable space of the Blue Elephant... I do not doubt, though, they will soon have to acclimate to much larger stages"

Dulwich on View

Gallery

Anna Nguyen at Blue Elephant Theatre

Dates
Friday 10 October 2014 - Saturday 25 October 2014

These paintings are part of Anna’s current theatre show A Dream from a Bombshell which explores the Vietnamese diaspora and the struggles between first and second generation Vietnamese.

Anna embarked upon her journey, looking back at her history and heritage, including the Vietnam war, after witnessing a devastating cycle of anger and aggression that devoured her family. These works came about to heal and unify her family.

Anna Nguyen is a British Vietnamese artist and theatre director and co-founder of Trikhon Theatre. To find out more about her show visit www.trikhontheatre.com

The exhibition can be seen before and after dates where there is a show, typically Tuesday to Saturday, but please check in advance. Appointments to see the exhibition during the day, Monday to Friday, must be made prior to visiting as we cannot guarantee access to the space on a walk in basis.

Theatre

SEA ArtsFest Scratch

Date
Friday 17 October 2014

SEA ArtsFest is the first Southeast Asian arts festival in the UK, championing and developing the work of the artists of Southeast Asia and those inspired by Southeast Asia. SEA ArtsFest brings together artists, practitioners, makers and thinkers to increase awareness of SEA Arts and its audience base.

The SEA ArtsFest Scratch is a new platform introduced this year by the SEA ArtsFest to provide a platform for new work inspired by Southeast Asia or by emerging Southeast Asian artists. The Scratch looks to showcase new works in progress and support them to develop further.


Theatre

A Night of Black History

by Vice Voices UK

Date
Saturday 11 October 2014

A Night of Black History is a multi-performance night that allows talented and positive young people to embrace their amazing gifts and individualism to inspire others.

Through the eyes of a young boy, we explore and celebrate black history with a wide variety of performing acts. They will perform artistic pieces inspired by their own knowledge and perception of black history.

Come on down and celebrate Black History Month with Vice Voices UK and Blue Elephant Theatre. This is definitely a night not to be missed.


Theatre

In Transit

by Artichoke Theatre
Image by Tom Wichelow

Dates
Thursday 2 October 2014 - Friday 10 October 2014

In Transit is a voyage through the mind of Ella, who has lost all perception of where and who she is. Desperate to re-learn her past, she brings us into a world full of strange characters where she will unlock the secrets of her broken mind and confront the hardest moment of her life.

One hour. One actor. 27 characters. A highly physical one-woman show accompanied by original live music, In Transit is a tragicomical tale which captures moments of sheer beauty alongside nuggets of sweet and well-observed humour.

First Runner-up, Best International show Brighton Fringe 2013.


Reviews

“The standing ovation was well deserved. A triumph for all concerned” *****

The Latest

“…probably the best physical theatre you will see at this year's Fringe. It's worth seeing for the astonishing performance of Florence Leon.” ****

Fringe Review

"She has you captivated from the moment she sets foot on stage...I left awe-filled"

Female Arts

Devised, co-directed and performed by
Florence Leon
Co – director
Graham Shackell
Original live music & double bass
Rhys Lovell
Production and PR
Solange Leon
Cello
William Calderbank
Theatre

Trunkated Scratch Night @ Elefest

Programmed by Blue Elephant Theatre
Performed at Southwark Playhouse

Date
Friday 3 October 2014

As part of Elefest the Blue Elephant comes to Southwark Playhouse with a scratch night of new works-in-progress. An evening of bite-sized entertainment featuring extracts of new writing, physical theatre, comedy and much more!

Elefest (2-5 October 2014) is Elephant and Castle’s Festival. It is a celebration of the best known but misunderstood parts of London. Elefest is now in its 11th year, and the area is once again on the verge of massive change. Elefest programme celebrates the past, present and future of the Elephant and Castle. It mixes home grown with national and international talent and some that are in between… Find out more

For tickets, please visit the Southwark Playhouse website through the hyperlink at the top of the page or call 020 7407 0234 for the Southwark Playhouse Box Office.

Please note: This performance of Trunkated will be taking place at Southwark Playhouse and not Blue Elephant Theatre. The space that Trunkated is playing in is on the first floor of Southwark Playhouse and, unfortunately, owing to the nature of the building, is not accessible by wheelchair users.

Lone Rangers and One for Sorrow by Unstable Table

Unstable Table is a new company who aim to bridge the gap between comedy and tragedy. They will be producing a double bill of new works-in-progress at Blue Elephant Theatre from 21st to 25th October.

Lone Rangers

One female human discovers she is not alone. So does the other.
Physical comedy Lone Rangers combines clowning, monsters and a lifetime supply of shaving equipment. How will our heroines survive the first chapter of their perilous adventure?

Director: James Ivens
Devising Cast: Janet Etuk & Lily Levin

One for Sorrow

Keith has been awake for six days. He will do just about anything to avoid sleeping. He’s been talking to his grandmother, even though she’s dead, and now he wants to talk to us. One for Sorrow is a darkly comic audience with a man confronting his lifelong nightmares.

Writer: James Ernest
Director: Lily Levin
Assistant Director: Janet Etuk
Cast: Richard Foster-King

The Lonely Room

Flavia Bertram is showing an excerpt from a mime piece she is currently devising in collaboration with Eloise Carles and composer Mike Neo. The Lonely Room tells the story of two women trapped in the in-between of life and is inspired by our inner passive dreamers.

The Lonely Room is playing at Blue Elephant Theatre from October 29th to 31st with a Q&A after each performance.

Bygone by Caligula's Alibi

Tynan and Brandy coexist within the walls of a crumbling mansion – with only tinned pineapple and the odd animal visitor to entertain them. Day by day they act out each other's bygone memories in a desperate bid to recall what is lost and revel in the hell of it all, until one day an unexpected visitor tumbles through their door…Bygone is not concerned with now. Its about what's next.

Credits
Director - Will Cowell
Writer - Jonnie Bayfield
Brandy - Stewart Agnew
Tynan - Jonnie Bayfield

Hold Music

'Hold Music' follows technical support worker Helen through a difficult afternoon. Listening to one half of her phone conversations, we hear fragments of pleas, reminders and threats, and meet the people in her life through only her interactions with them. 'Hold Music' is a monologue that Helen does not mean to give, in the place where she is least herself.

Hold Music is the first collaboration between director Grace Gibson, writer Jack Nicholls and actor Emma Lawson.

Frieda Love

Frieda Love

Frieda Love is the alter ego of actress and musician Rebecca Kenny, exploring the world through performance art, cabaret clowning and guerrilla burlesque.

Please join Frieda tonight for:

A Dancing Heart
A Singing Fondant Fancy
A Superhero of Love

twitter: @frieda_love

Choreographer, sound editor and creative coach: Nina Von Der Werth


Supported by

  • Elefest
Gallery

Stephen Hennessy: A Local Exhibition

Dates
Tuesday 3 June 2014 - Wednesday 23 July 2014

This is an exhibition of local sights and sounds, dominated by South East London but like all art, it is for everyone and is everywhere. The supposedly ordinary aspects of life can at times feel extraordinary and need to be recorded. Artist Stephen Hennessy tries to depict this in urban scenes through the mediums of oil on canvas and ballpoint ink drawings, with an impasto, squiggly style he has developed over the years. For Stephen, there’s great art on his doorstep in the shape of interesting architecture, bustling high streets and spit and sawdust type pubs. They all lend their unique charm to the South East of London which he tries to capture.

There is a private viewing for the exhibition on 19th June at 6:00pm.

The exhibition can be seen before and after dates where there is a show, typically Tuesday to Saturday, but please check in advance. Appointments to see the exhibition during the day, Monday to Friday, must be made prior to visiting as we cannot guarantee access to the space on a walk in basis.

Theatre

In the Surface of a Bubble

Dates
Tuesday 8 July 2014 - Saturday 12 July 2014

Inspired by animé and martial arts films, In The Surface Of A Bubble uses puppetry, half-masks, capoeira, kung-fu and live music to tell a tale of how the universe came to be. In a world where beings need only imagine something for it to come true, a love develops between the girl with the most imagination and the boy with the least. Their story turns their world into ours, where dreams are trapped inside our heads.


Reviews

"What is best about this piece is the sheer creativity and, indeed, imagination that has been born from it"

Remote Goat

"An eruption of furious, ebullient and unbridled imagination"

West End Wilma

Writer and Director
Edward Day
Costume Designer
Polly Clare Boon
Lighting Designer
Oscar Wyatt
Cast
Edward Day, Amelie Leroy, Adam Cridland and Line Møllerchristensen

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
Theatre

Writers at Work at Blue Elephant

 

Dates
Tuesday 1 July 2014 - Sunday 6 July 2014

As part of its commitment to supporting emerging practitioners, the Blue Elephant has run a playwriting competition to discover the exciting playwrights of tomorrow.

The winning entries are:

Saving Heath Ledger

By Suzette Coon. A winner in the longer play category, to be performed as a rehearsed reading on Tuesday 1st July at 8pm.

Directed by Glyn Williams.

Cast:
Amy Bowden - Jo
Joseph Emms - Zack
Ben Rawlings - Jamie
Gareth Murphy - Heath Ledger
Emily Wallis - Carol

Out of Oblivion

By Michael Lill. A winner in the shorter play category, to be performed as a rehearsed reading on Thursday 3rd July at 8pm.

Directed by Amy Bowden.

Cast:
Kerry Willison-Parry - Isabelle
Glyn Williams - Daniel

Water-Nix

By James Varney and Jack Nicholls. A winner in the shorter play category, to be performed as a rehearsed reading on Thursday 3rd July at 8pm.

Directed by Jacqui Marchant-Adams.

Cast:
Ade Gbinigie - 'A'
Sam Lockley - 'B'

Silver Point

By Katie Duncan. A winner in the longer play category, to be performed as a rehearsed reading on Sunday 6th July at 5pm.

Directed by Suvi Peisanen.

Cast:

Hayward Morse - Harry
Kath Perry - Maggie
Emily Wallis - Jane
Maggie Daniels - Barbara
Andrew Phipps - Stage Directions

Tickets for each show can be reserved by emailing boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk or by calling us on 020 7701 0100. Please note that there will be a post show discussion after each reading.


Theatre

Scenes from Hello Again

by Play Pen Productions

Dates
Tuesday 24 June 2014 - Saturday 28 June 2014

The joys and pains of sex are here for the asking in this adult musical fantasy inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. Hello Again criss-crosses beds and jumps from decade to decade, intimately examining the painful secrets that drive characters into each other's arms and towards the bruising effects of reckless passion. With a score that saturates the mind, Hello Again has the luxuriance of an insistent seduction and the bite of a bitter morning after.

After the successful run of award-winning new musical The Picture House, Play Pen Productions presents a showcase of the opening scenes from Hello Again as a work in progress.

“Unexpected, charming and touching delight” The Scotsman

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

Running Time: 40 minutes


Reviews

"Vocally, the cast were all very strong, and appeared to share a nice chemistry. Emilie du Leslay was particularly outstanding"

KangRooviews

Words and Music:
Michael John LaChiusa, suggested by the play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler
Director:
Tania Azevedo
Producer:
Minal Patel
Musical Director:
Chris Whitehead
Choreographer:
Chloe Aliyanni
Set & Costume Designer:
Olivia Ward
Lighting Designer:
Derek Anderson
Cast
Joshua Brant, Connor Clifford, Shaun Chambers, Tina Jackson, Emilie du Leslay, Sarah Murdoch & Ella Vize
Theatre

The Flying Roast Goose

Dates
Tuesday 3 June 2014 - Saturday 21 June 2014

A story about food, survival and hope, told through the eyes of a Cantonese chef and her pet goose and set in war-torn Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation in the 1940s.

Using physical theatre, puppetry and object manipulation, this original piece delves into a dark chapter of Hong Kong’s history with playfulness and kitchen utensils.

Suitable for ages 12+

The Flying Roast Goose from Paula Siu on Vimeo.


Reviews

★★★★★ "Unmissable! A highly imaginative, moving & poignant drama"

Everything Theatre

"A very touching story about the strength of the human spirit"

UK Theatre Network

★★★★ "Charming and often completely ingenious"

Broadway baby

Concept:
Paula Siu
Director:
David Ralfe
Performed & devised by:
Jane Crawshaw, Kristoffer Huball & Paula Siu
Dramaturg:
Rachel Warr
Puppets, Set & Costumes:
Oliver Smart and Nerea Villares of Folded Feather
Puppet Co-Directors:
Robin Guiver & Oliver Smart
Lighting:
Katherine Graham
Sound:
Jon McLeod

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • Yellow Earth Theatre