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Past programme

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

The Next Phase, featuring Penny

by AQ Arts

Date
Friday 10 April 2015

An evening of music, movement and poetry from AQ Arts and friends, featuring work in progress, 'Penny', choreographed by Andrea Queens.

This night will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, with each piece focusing on the thoughts and feelings of closing an old chapter and stepping into a new one.

PLEASE NOTE 'THE NEXT PHASE, FEATURING PENNY' IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT


Reviews

"The evening was packed with music, movement and poetry"

The British Blacklist

"Packed with a real sense of community, some extraordinary talent and an overwhelming amount of emotion" ★★★★

Views from the Gods

Choreographed by
Andrea Queens
Produced by
Carly Woodbridge
Photography by
Gustavo Zamprogne

Supported by

  • AQ Arts
  • Arts Council England
  • Carly Woodbridge
Dance

Herstory

A double bill of dance theatre solos

Dates
Tuesday 7 April 2015 - Wednesday 8 April 2015

Herstory

Herstory, by Zosia Jo, supported by Arts Council Wales & Torch Theatre, combines dance with verbatim theatre and spoken word to tell a story at once true and untrue, personal and universal - a love story with a painful twist, that has nothing whatsoever to do with love.

"Mature and compelling...a powerful testimony to survival and renewal...” Resolution! review 2015

Previews: 7th & 8th August.
2for1 ticket offer: 10th & 11th August.

(Please note the subject matter of this solo may make it unsuitable for children 12 and under)


Reviews

"A compelling piece of dance theatre that unearths the seeds of hope from the detritus violence and fear."- On Herstory.

Thinking on my Feet

Dancer/Choreographer for Herstory
Zosia Jo
Dancer/Choreographer for The Other & Me
Mounir Saeed

Supported by

  • ACW Arts Council of Wales
  • The National Lottery
  • Welsh Government
  • Torch Theatre
  • British Council
Theatre

Boy in Darkness

 

Dates
Wednesday 11 March 2015 - Saturday 4 April 2015
Post-show discussion:
Wednesday 25 March

A Boy wanders into darkness, a land of broken things…
There he meets a goat, a hyena and a lamb with diabolical schemes…

The Boy escapes the oppressive Castle of his birthright on his fourteenth birthday. As he ventures into the unknown, his rebellion leads him on a descent to ancient alchemy and present danger. He must call on his wits to escape - or be trapped forever.

Storytelling and physical theatre intertwine in a bold, new stage interpretation of Mervyn Peake's novella 'Boy in Darkness', performed as a solo show by Gareth Murphy. Capturing a chilling adventure in the teenaged years of Titus Groan, hero of the celebrated Gormenghast trilogy, Boy in Darkness is a gothic fairytale underpinned by Peake's rich and powerful language.

The Blue Elephant continues to bring the work of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers to the stage with this original adaptation, following the world stage premieres of Mervyn Peake's plays The Cave and Noah's Ark.

Please note that seating for this production is a mixture of sitting on cushions on the floor and on chairs.

Performed and image of Boy reprinted with kind permission of the Mervyn Peake Estate c/o Peters, Fraser & Dunlop Ltd


Reviews

"A physical theatre gem" ★★★★

The Stage

"Physical theatre and storytelling at its finest"

Charlotte Everett: London Tour Guide, Journo, Adventurer.

"Physical eloquence and bold storytelling do justice to Peake’s fantasy realm"

A Younger Theatre

"Murphy is a consummate professional not letting up for a second during his seventy minute performance"

The Flaneur

"The performance itself...is nothing less than a tour de force from Gareth Murphy"

Bargain Theatre Land

"the elegance and economy of movement [was] almost hypnotic to watch"

There Ought to be Clowns

"As complete a production as is probably possible" ★★★★

Remote Goat

"Gareth Murphy holds a captivated audience's attention...single handedly for just over an hour"

Southwark News

Writer
Mervyn Peake
Adapted and Performed by
Gareth Murphy
Director
John Walton
Designer
Martin Thomas
Lighting Designer
Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
Sound and Music
Jon McLeod
Voice Coach
Barbara Houseman
Movement Director
Svetlana Biba

Press

"But it is extraordinary: a howl, an imperfect and painful philosophical struggle, part of a remarkable artist's testament. Honour to the little theatre."

Libby Purves, The Times on 'The Cave'

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • The Golsoncott Foundation
Gallery

Lewis Peake at Blue Elephant Theatre

Dates
Wednesday 11 March 2015 - Saturday 4 April 2015

In this exhibition by artist Lewis Peake we are presented with a series of alien creatures and futuristic landscapes. The subjects of his environmental paintings, inspired by mechanical shapes and organic forms, are partially obscured by what might be dust, pollution or planetary atmosphere. The two opposing forces, nature and technology also influence these pictures - how they compete and become enmeshed. The way they both clutch at an existence, behave erratically, occupying unexpected places and surviving in compromised states is constantly unnerving.

As well as using traditional media, many of these landscapes began as sketches drawn on his iphone whilst on the London Underground. These are then used as a base layer, painted over and textured using digital media.

Depicted in this recent series of creature sketches, we meet personified animal hybrids with altered physical features. They are moulded out of Earth’s inhabitants but have been tampered with and given warped anatomy. The challenge with these beasts is keeping the familiar animalistic features while also incorporating a sinister alien quality.

The exhibition can be viewed before and after performances of Boy in Darkness, and by appointment during office hours on weekdays. Please call 02077010100 to arrange to see it.

Theatre

roswitha in soffitta

by Selma Roth

Dates
Friday 27 February 2015 - Saturday 28 February 2015

Roswitha is peculiar!

Lost in her memories, with only suitcases for companions, she is trying to find her way home. Gathering courage, she journeys through unexpected places to face her future and leave the past behind.

roswitha in soffitta is a piece of physical theatre and mime by Selma Roth with music by Alex Judd.

roswitha in soffitta from Selma Roth on Vimeo.


Reviews

"It is an elegant and sensitive mime piece"

Euston Street Diaries

Devising Artist
Selma Roth
Composer
Alex Judd

Supported by

  • Master Campus Theatre CH
  • Scuola Teatro Dimitri
Dance

Physical Science

Dates
Sunday 15 February 2015 - Saturday 21 February 2015

Our three scientists take children on a movement adventure, to learn about three magical potions that can transform your body in different ways!

Physical Science is an interactive dance performance for children aged 5-7 years, taking them on a journey through science.

Physical Science is designed with accessibility in mind, and a live audio narration and British Sign Language (BSL) are both integrated into the performance. We welcome children with speech and language learning needs, physical and sensory disabilities, and English as an Additional Language (EAL).


Reviews

"Science for kids, so it said on the press release, but once in the auditorium it seemed that the young folk were outnumbered by the grown ups, and once the show began I could see why...this is a show that anyone can understand"

Southwark News

Supported by

  • Norwegian Embassy
  • British Council
  • ffuk.no
  • Arts Council
  • Spenn.no
Theatre

MYTHS

by Hammer and Tongs Theatre

Dates
Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Saturday 6 December 2014
Previews:
Tuesday November 18 & Wednesday November 19
Post-show discussion:
Wednesday November 26

Join the Fates for an evening of hilarity in the underworld as Hammer and Tongs Theatre take on the myths of Ancient Greece. Dodge snakes with Medusa’s stylists, chug protein shakes with the goddess of war, and glimpse the dinner-party squabbles on Mount Olympus that really started the Trojan War.

The Greek Myths retold as you’ve never seen them before, accompanied by live music!

Praise for Hammer & Tongs Theatre’s Arabian Nights

‘There are only so many words to say how fabulous this production was. Creative, inventive, witty and original... I was captivated’ - Southwark News

‘One of the best pieces of pure theatre I’ve seen in fifteen years' - Snipe London

***** ‘A great night out. Keep an eye on this bunch’ Remote Goat

**** ‘So funny…the applause didn't stop’ - Views From the Gods

**** ‘I’ve never seen anything quite like this before, and would like to see more of it' - Female Arts


Reviews

"Wittily written and sharply performed...drawing its wry irreverent tone from classic comedy like Monty Python and Douglas Adams’ novels"

Euston Street Diaries

"★★★★... a fun, fast-paced hour propelled by polished performances from the cast"

Everything Theatre

"A show of non-stop comic cuts"

British Theatre Guide

"Jennifer Rose Lee's production fills the stage with colour and life...a match for some of the best comedy - Monty Python comes to mind"

UK Theatre Network

"Great storytelling...sweet, entertaining, funny and will teach you a thing or two"

Londonist

"Our intrepid trio take the audience on a journey that cleverly delivers several ancient stories told in a fresh and frantic way"

Southwark News

Director
Jennifer Rose Lee
Set Designer
Beth Heaton
Cast
Suzie Grimsdick
Cast
Philippa Hambly
Cast
Oliver Yellop
Executive Producer
Sofia Tsekoura
Gallery

MYTHS Illustrated

Dates
Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Saturday 6 December 2014

This collection of illustrations created by artist Lizzie Kendal is based on the script of MYTHS – Greek Legends: A Comedy Remake, currently showing at the Blue Elephant Theatre. She is sister to the show’s Director, Jennifer Rose Lee with whom she is delighted to be working in collaboration.

By using a different medium to explore these stories, Lizzie hopes that her watercolours will bring a new and delightful perspective on the play during your post or pre-theatre cup of tea/ glass of wine/ sit down!

All works displayed here are for sale, ask the Blue Elephant staff for more information. For commissions and to see more of Lizzie Kendal’s work please see lizzietheartist.tumblr.com

The exhibition can be seen before and after peformances of MYTHS, Tuesday to Saturday. Appointments to see the exhibition during the day, Monday to Friday, must be made prior to visiting.

Gallery

Wine World Map: Northern Hemisphere

Dates
Thursday 6 November 2014 - Sunday 16 November 2014

Joe Stevens, artist.

"The origin of my current creative practice is a work called Wine Games from 2007, which was a sculptural assemblage of Wine Gums laid out in an algorithm-derived pattern on a chequerboard floor. This was the catalyst for further works resulting from and inspired by the work. Wine Games used an algorithm to generate information that was then used as the raw material for further activity, with the different Wine Gums colours indicating a direction on the grid floor. By using an algorithm with the methodology of the grid I am able to redirect creative endeavour into this focused and autonomous structure to generate a perpetual guidance system that dictates this structure for each new context that I explore.

Wine World is shorthand for Wine Games: World, which is in itself an extension of the original Wine Games concept. The ultimate goal of Wine World is to play the game on a global scale and, like the mythical Phoenix with five colours that symbolize the five virtues; the chosen colour scheme can be interpreted on the level of symbolism: black for contentment, red love, green humility, orange compassion and yellow truth."

http://wineworld82.wordpress.com
@winegames82

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

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.