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Past programme

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

Where the Hell is Bernard?

 

Date
Tuesday 10 July 2018

Set in an office high above the city in a strange imagined future, Where the Hell is Bernard? sees four women hard at work. Their sole job is to anonymously return lost items. Everything runs like clockwork under a strict regime, until one day a box of returned objects mysteriously bounces back, leading to a mission that could change the future of humanity.
Mixing magical visuals, movement, live song and clown, award winning Haste Theatre create a darkly comic warning for the future.

Previous Praise of Haste Theatre:

"Haste Theatre’s earnest production brims with boundless creative energy and a clear vision that makes...a thoroughly delightful piece suitable for all ages, impressing with their keen sense of the theatrical and set in a timeless world.” Bakchormeeboy

"Haste are a company who don’t act without thinking, and the results are clear in the theatre that they produce." Culturised


Cast
Haste Theatre, Paul Freeman: Sound Designer, Katrin Padel: Lighting Designer, Ally Cologna: Associate Director, Georgia De Grey: Set Designer, Olivia Gray: Songwriter.
Theatre

Boxman

by Flugelman Productions

Dates
Wednesday 4 July 2018 - Friday 6 July 2018
Post-show Panel
July 4th

There are more than 60 million displaced people on our planet... people who have no home

Ringo is one of them. He is a survivor, a child soldier displaced from his homeland, sheltering in a cardboard box in an inner city park. He lives in plain sight but is invisible to the city around him. But inside his makeshift ‘home’, Ringo lives a life rich with stories and songs of a childhood far away, a family tragically lost and the complicated promise of a new beginning.

There will be a short post-show Q&A on July 4th with a panel including representatives from Refugee Action, as well as Director Edwina Strobl and Performer Reice Weathers.

Started by sisters, Edwina and Victoria, Flugelman Productions brings together writers, performers, musicians and dancers from all over the world, inspired to tell great stories. They believe that theatre can save the world. Too grand a statement? At the very least, it can make all our lives better by helping us understand a little more of what it means to be human.


Reviews

★★★★★ "This is my pick of the Fringe by a country mile. If I could give it six stars, I would."

Broadway Baby at Brighton Fringe, 2018

★★★★ "Urgent, likeable, sad, powerful, but also original."

The Spy in the Stalls

Writer:
Daniel Keene
Performer:
Reice Weathers
Director:
Edwina Strobl
Theatre

The Croydon Avengers

presented by Maya Productions in association with LittleMighty

Dates
Friday 29 June 2018 - Sunday 1 July 2018

Regina Rump is on the rampage! A trio of masked vigilantes send Croydon’s crime rate plummeting. They’ve run away from their war-torn homes and are just trying to help.

But Regina’s not happy. She orders her media empire to unmask the Avengers and get them off the streets. Are they terrorists? Criminals? Either way, she thinks they’re a threat to British identity.

Then a freak accident at the Gatwick deportation centre gives the trio powers beyond their wildest dreams. Can three teenage refugees really become the saviours of a doomed nation?

The Croydon Avengers blends comic book visuals with action-packed martial arts to tell a funny, powerful story of terrorist threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who’s different.

Led by Suzanne Gorman, Maya Productions creates diverse theatre to create change: socially, politically and culturally. Their vision is a world where people of all ages, abilities, culture and classes have the opportunity to experience world class theatre.

Aimed at young people aged 8-14 and their families.

Please be aware the performance on Friday 29th June is now fully booked.

The Croydon Avengers is a co-production with Ovalhouse and Harrogate Theatre and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Croydon Council, Teale Charitable Trust and The Newcomen Collett Foundation.

The Croydon Avengers @ Blue Elephant Theatre from Maya Productions on Vimeo.


Written by
Oladipo Agboluaje
Dance

RUNNER UP

Date
Thursday 28 June 2018

A series of performance actions and choreographies responding to ideas around the feeling of FAILURE.

This performance is a work in progress showing and will be followed by a short discussion hosted by the artist.

Robert Hesp is a performance artist and contemporary dancer based in London. His work frequently straddles a variety of disciplines, using the tensions and overlaps as fertile ground for experimentation.


Image by
Zachary Pointon
Theatre

The Family Blimp

Presented by The Klump Company

Dates
Thursday 21 June 2018 - Saturday 23 June 2018

The Klump Company throw open their front door and cordially invite you in to meet The Family Blimp.

Physical theatre, grotesque and a lick of the absurd come together as the Blimps attempt to navigate through a strange new place and meet the demands of their newfangled community.

Let’s play Home Sweet Home, after all - there’s no place like it.

The Klump Company are a brand spanking new ensemble, fresh from internationally acclaimed Ecole de Jacque Lecoq. They could mime the knickers off your granny. They probably won’t though…


Community arts

A Very Elephant Afternoon

 

Date
Friday 22 June 2018

Drama, games and storytelling for all the family!

As part of Southwark Refugee Week Blue Elephant Theatre are hosting a 2 hour fun-filled drama workshop for all the family. Bring yourselves and your children along to play games, make up stories, laugh and have fun together. If you like the session you can find out more about joining our Young People’s Theatre on a regular basis!

*unaccompanied children are welcome, but must be dropped off by a responsible adult who will provide an emergency contact no. and give parental consent to attend

The session is completely FREE but please book via eventbrite so we know numbers to expect: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-very-elephant-afternoon-tickets-4643904...


Family

The Tale of the Cockatrice

Date
Sunday 17 June 2018

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory a hideous creature awakens. A deadly cockatrice is born! Bold knights flee in terror... Can a humble nun defeat the beast?

Multi-Award-Winning Mumblecrust Theatre present two muddle-headed storytellers, an obscure British legend, breathtaking puppetry and spine-tingling live music in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old.

Winners:
“Best Newcomer to Brighton Fringe” and “Best of Brighton Fringe: Children and Families Award” 2017
“a genuine work of art” - The Voice

Mumblecrust Theatre is an award-winning theatre company based in the South West of England. Co-Artistic Directors Katie Underhay and Anthony Burbridge came together to fill a niche in children’s theatre, where slightly older children often get left out. From this collaboration, The Tale of the Cockatrice was born.

Age recommendation: 4+ (Perfect for 7-12 year olds!)


Supported by

Theatre

Cassandra

Presented by Found in Translation Theatre Company

Dates
Tuesday 12 June 2018 - Saturday 16 June 2018

Based on Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Cassandra takes us on a very personal journey through some of the struggles many women face in their lives; the choice between what’s expected of them and how they feel. Touching on the themes of #metoo and #timesup, Cassandra is an exploration of giving a voiceless woman an audience.

Established in October 2016, Found in Translation’s mission is to take Classical stories and update them for today’s audiences. They produce work that promotes education in the arts and Classical subjects to those that don’t have easy access.

Suitable for ages 16+


Gallery

Monstera Deliciosa

Curated by Ioanna Sakkoula
Date
Wednesday 6 June 2018

For one evening only, the Blue Elephant transforms into the Monstera Deliciosa group exhibition!

The performances individually and collectively interact with the playful dynamics and potential of the theatrical space and time as an exhibition. The coexisting works investigate the simultaneous opposites of orderly disorder, synchronous spontaneity, anticlimactic climax, the humorously serious and the theatrically honest.

Keep Reaching For The Stars by Beth Chapman
An angry wrestler explores the relations and boundaries within group exhibitions, while exposing the frustration of artists.

Fear of the Unknown by Beatriz Creel
You are invited to a collective game of breaking through the fear of the unknown. A participatory performance based on the festive game of the piñata.

2000-2012 by Kyriakos Tsirigotis & Ioanna Bili
A sculptural and choreographic performance influenced by the autobiographical elements of the artist’s experience in the Greek Navy. A durational process of discipline, healing and absurdity.

Untitled by Wright & Vandame
Remnants of celebrations or traces of a performance. This site-specific installation insinuates the memory of fun as well as the melancholy of past moments.

This exhibition runs from 18.00 - 20.30. Tickets are FREE, but booking in advance is highly recommended. Please book here.

Theatre

Brain Rinse

Dates
Friday 1 June 2018 - Saturday 2 June 2018

Journey through the corridors of your mind in this award-nominated interactive comedy show. Ridiculous characters will help you come together as an audience and discover your inner ninja. War, mountaineering, expressive dance and tantric air kissing, it’s all in there.

Allergy advice: this show contains traces of audience participation.

Globetrotting street performer Mike Raffone has decided to put a roof over his shows. And so Rinse Productions was born. Mike's most memorable street theatre event was when an on-duty policeman played the part of The Hot Cop in a recreation of The Village People.


Created by
Mike Raffone
Directed by
John Whelan
Dance

Love & Spaghetti

Presented by A Truefitt Collective

Date
Thursday 31 May 2018

A Truefitt Collective presents... LOVE & SPAGHETTI, their newest work exploring the complexity, vulnerability and simplicity of human relationships.

Human interpersonal relationships are vital for our survival, so why are we so s*** at getting them right? Two women perform their experiences as they fall apart and come together. This is the beautiful and terrifying thing about relationships; we must be willing to completely reveal layers of ourselves to reach an authentic, tangible connection with another soul.

An evening of LOVE & SPAGHETTI also features two new performance works: Too Close to the Bone (Elisha Hamilton) and Sorry Flowers Die (Jay Yule & Tommy Cattin).

Too Close to the Bone (Elisha Hamilton)

The audience find themselves amongst a particular unnerving world as both you and I expose parts of our lustful or lust-less lives.

Sorry Flowers Die (Jay Yule & Tommy Cattin)

A shift between unknown and privacy is also a journey between absurdity and tenderness, a strange cohabitation that still reveals an inability to communicate as human beings.


Sound Composer
Jo Cooper
Spoken Word Artist
Chantelle Walker
Theatre

Trunkated

 

Date
Thursday 24 May 2018

A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London's most exciting artists across the arts.

Tickets are FREE and are FULLY BOOKED but you can join the waiting list here and we will be in touch if any become available.

Flux Theatre - Grotty Toilet

A grotty toilet. Two strangers. And a lot of time to pass.

Flux Theatre are a new-writing company that aim to create socially engaging stories.

Previous work has been show at Finborough Theatre, Tristan Bates, Bunker Theatre, Park Theatre, Arcola Theatre.

The Prologues - Amelia's Account

The Prologues is a drama that explores power, freedom, gender bias and the justice system. The story is told by four female protagonists who are foster sisters. Over a series of short sketches, a thrilling story unravels as we learn more about each character’s journey.

For the Trunkated Showcase, The Prologues – Amelia’s account will be shared.

Romani Wright playing Amelia Smith
Lauren Anika playing Dr. Tara Mclearan

Stephanie T Clarke is an upcoming writer & director hailing from South London. Currently she runs a movement for minority Actors & Writers, called Actors Jam. AcJam works with young people aged 16-25 to take new original work & innovative ideas from page to stage. The project aims to create story lines that represent the diverse community.

Smoke Weed, Eat Pussy Everyday

‘Be the girl on tinder every girl wants to go to raves with’

They say this city never sleeps. Some people don’t have anywhere to sleep. For some people drugs are the home they go back to. Is partying always a fun vibe… Or is it just somewhere to belong?

This work in progress is a semi-autobiographical, spoken word theatre piece by Chloё Florence which explores sexuality, drugs, homelessness and rave culture.

Poet, playwright and performer - Chloё’s work is routed in truth and spoken word. As an ‘Artivist’ - she aims to give a voice to the voiceless in society / on stage.

Member of Shutdown Collective, Poetry Collective at the Roundhouse, Longlisted for the Outspoken Poetry Prize and Vault Festival New Writers Award Winner.

Directed by Kelly Roberts.

Him Indoors

An absurd comedy horror set in a ridiculous town full of oddbodds: A journalist gets a tipoff on a story he just has to follow, and into an unknown town he goes to meet a strange lady in a house on a hill…

Douberful are a company formed by Sonja Doubleday who have made short films with various members. The current brand new production Him Indoors consists of three performers, Sonja Doubleday, Nina Attesh and Tiberious Chris who have come together to make this play.

George

George is a piece about the dehumanising effects of ambition within cities. It follows an everyman character on his way to his meeting with "J"; an absent but ever present figure of authority and enlightenment. George meets several people along the way, but in a world where everyone is out for themselves, who is there left to trust?

CTNGCY Theatre is a physical theatre company. It is unique in the sense that its roots in traditional theatre allow the company to choreograph contemporary dance to deliver a strong narrative. Its work utilises the explosive theatrical potential of live audience interaction and explores social issues in a dynamic way.

Ensemble:
Barbara Blanka
Igor Smith
Max Percy

Tech: Edward Justham

Dramaturg: Frey Kwa Hawking


Theatre

Ex-batts and Broilers

 

Date
Tuesday 22 May 2018

Join Gail and Gemma on a touching, eggciting and cut-throat journey through friendship and chickenhood. Watch them compete for your affections, and decide on your favourite to vote out of the cage to pastures new!

Ex-batts and Broilers is presented as a work in progress and feedback will be welcomed.

Age guidance: 14+


Creators/Performers:
Jesse Dupre and Sophie Taylor
Technical Operator:
Heather Ralph
Costume support:
Ruth Dupre
Poetry:
Michael Glover
Family

Story Time with Craig Jenkins

 

Date
Sunday 13 May 2018

Enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughs, songs and stories as storyteller Craig Jenkins performs Story Time –classic folktales from across the world.

Listen to the adventures of the animals of the jungle as lion, monkey, elephant and mouse take part in mischief and fun, while the children of the city have some hilarious adventures of their own!

With a playful and interactive style, this 50 minute show is a perfect Sunday afternoon treat for children aged 5+ and their families.

Craig Jenkins is an internationally renowned storyteller who has performed stories for children around the world in England, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, Taiwan and the United States of America.

Over the last ten years, he has performed for high profile organisations such as the BBC, the Barbican Centre, the British Museum, the British Film Institute and the High Commission of India (London), as well as using storytelling in a wide range of education, outreach and community settings.

Suitable for ages 5 and over.


Dance

Blue Cloud Scratch

 

Date
Friday 11 May 2018

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.

M2toB by Livia Massarelli

M2toB takes inspiration from the work of Italian painter Ubaldo Savonari.

The dynamism and the power of the colours in Savonari's work has inspired the music composition and the choreography in M2toB. The piece aims to demonstrate the strength, the dynamics and shapes of Savonari’s art through movement and music, suggesting constant resilience.

Choreographer Livia Massarelli is an Italian dancer and choreographer based in London. Her own choreographies have been presented at Resolution Festival 2018 (London) The Play Space (London) Casa das Artes (Portugal), Terni Festival (Italy), Festival ArteScienza (Italy). She has performed choreographies by various artists as Shobana Jeyasingh, Tony Adigun, Patricia Okenwa, Allen and Karen Kaeja, Emanuel Gat and Claudia Castellucci.

Choreographer/Dancer: Livia Massarelli
Music composer: Maurizio Massarelli
Photo credit: Chris Nash

Storming Frenzy by David West

Storming Frenzy explores group dynamics, and their stages of development. This was known as "Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing", drawing inspirations from the physiologist Bruce Tuckman’s findings. Rather than delving into the academics of it all, however, this piece looks at the emotional, physiological elements of his findings.

David West is an early career choreographer, having graduated from London Studio Centre in 2017. His work aims to stir emotional reactions and self-awareness in not just the viewers, but also the dancers, and others that partake in his work. He hopes to establish a small company later this year.

Choreographer: David West
Image Credit: Michelle Rose

File No. 549574X by Raymond Sweetman/SOAS Dance Society

The ‘mime’ sections of the great classical ballets are nowadays often treated as twee, archaic relics which serve only as interludes to the pyrotechnics of the big jumps and turns. ‘Modern’ ballet distances itself from its roots to have an ‘edge’. Originally conceived as a linking episode for a longer piece, this short extract attempts to create a narrative from two sides of ballet.

SOAS (University of London) Dance Society is the university society offering dance classes and workshops for students of the School of Oriental and African Studies as well as Birkbeck College. The society’s President Raymond Sweetman is the choreographer and performer of File No. 549574X. He is also a professional dancer who mainly specialises in contemporary, commercial and K-pop but also performs ballet and waacking on occasion.

Choreographer/Performer: Raymond Sweetman
Music Credits: Cos Chapman, Thomas Tallis & Vaughan Williams

Joe by Tommy Cattin

Joe is a choreographic exploration of the notion of presence, where the work of composition was directed through personal senses and memories. In space, the audience is invited to be part of the temporal and living experience arising from this arrangement.

Tommy Cattin is from Switzerland. He is about to graduate with a BA (Hons) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He also spent part of his training in Institut del Teatre in Barcelona in 2017. From 2018, Tommy will join Black Box Dance Company in Denmark as an apprentice. Over the past few years, he has presented creations in different events in London and online.

Choreographer: Tommy Cattin
Dancer: Joséphine Auffray
Costume: Rosie Whiting
Sound: Gaspar Narby
Image Credit: James Keates

FollOw mE/Suis MOi by Matthew Rawcliffe

Considering what it means to belong and to be loved, FollOw mE/Suis MOi is a fun energetic solo which explores why we dance; as though the body is discovering what it feels like to move and to be moved for the first time.

Manchester-born dancer currently training at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Matthew is co-artistic director of Two Yolks Theatre, a cross disciplinary company working in dance, spoken word and music. In 2016 he created a solo work 'Time She Stopped' which was used in a promotional film commissioned by The Lowry for the Selfridges' everyBODY campaign.

Choreographer/Dancer: Matthew Rawcliffe
Photo Credit: Emma Gleave

Re + by Tamae Yoneda

Retry, Recover, React…

I’ve done a lot of things with dance, sometimes they’ve been good, sometimes they’ve been bad.

Maybe every dancer feels they can be saved by dance, and that’s why we never give up. That’s why we retry, recover, react…

I’ve moved to London, and now I want to rediscover myself. It’s simple, I just wanna dance.

Tamae Yoneda is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer from Osaka, Japan. Tamae originally trained as a gymnast, before moving into the performing arts and specialising in dance. This has led her on a journey to train across the world, judge national dance competitions and perform as a guest dancer in many events. Tamae has since opened her own dance company, and has dedicated herself to teaching while also pursuing her own creative practice as a choreographer.