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Past programme

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

The Butterfly Lovers

 

Dates
Tuesday 1 April 2014 - Saturday 19 April 2014

A captivating tale about friendship, The Butterfly Lovers is a vibrant new adaptation for children of the Chinese legend of Liang and Zhu.

Under the reign of the evil Emperor Hu, girls are forbidden to go to school, but Zhu disguises herself as a boy to do so. There she meets Liang, and their story becomes a legend that echoes through Chinese history…

Days and Times

Saturday April 5th: 2pm (Fully booked)
Sunday April 6th: 2pm (fully booked) and 5pm
Thursday April 10th: 2pm
Friday April 11th: 2pm
Saturday April 12th: 2pm (Fully booked)
Sunday April 13th: 2pm and 5pm
Thursday April 17th: 2pm (Fully booked)
Friday April 18th: 2pm
Saturday April 19th: 2pm and 5pm


Reviews

My four-year-old son and I loved this show!

Female Arts

Director
Mingyu Lin
Writers
James Chamberlain and Jason Yu
Lighting Designer
Tom Burgess
Composer
James E Anderson
Costume Designer
Kessehu James
Cast
Willie Liam, Matt Lim, Martin Sarreal and Shuang Teng
Theatre

The Power of The Inglewood

Date
Wednesday 16 April 2014
Tickets
Tickets are FREE but must be reserved in advance to guarantee entrance. Email us at boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk

To the court of King Arthur, in the Golden Age of Camelot, comes a mysterious knight. In the enchanted forest, where supernatural beings abound and the realm of the dead crosses that of the living, he sets the King the ultimate challenge: to uncover what it is that women most desire.

Moon On A Stick reinvent this ancient tale with their distinctive fusion of puppetry and live action. Taking us on a medieval quest where unlikely relationships lead to unexpected discoveries, this is an unforgettable fable for all ages.

The Power of Inglewood is presented as a scratch work-in-progress and there will be a post-show discussion where feedback is welcomed.


Supported by

Theatre

Richard III

Dates
Tuesday 4 March 2014 - Saturday 29 March 2014
Post Show Discussions
12th March: With cast/creatives, chaired by Greg Jameson of Entertainment Focus. 19th March: With cast/creatives and Dr Sarah Lewis of King’s College London.

After years of violent and tempestuous civil war, peace has finally been restored to England with the coronation of Edward IV, a nation celebrates, but Richard, Edward's brother has other ideas...

Shakespeare’s thrilling and bloodthirsty play comes to the stage through the use of text, movement and original music in this all new ensemble production.

In an England that never rests, witness one of the most violent ascensions to the throne ever mounted and welcome your new king...King Richard III.


Reviews

'Prince Plockey takes up the mantle of the eponymous role with notable ease'

The Stage

'The no-frills adaptation and minimalist setting allow the darkness of the play to come into full effect, and there are some excellent performances to enjoy.'

Everything Theatre

'I strongly recommend to see this different take on Richard III.'

UK Theatre Network

'Lazarus’ Richard III is a bold and lusty production which has catapulted the bard’s work into the 21st Century at warp speed. If you love Shakespeare, be sure not to miss it. And if you’re not a fan of Shakespeare, you will be after seeing this production of Richard III.'

NZ News UK

Written by
William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by
Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Costume Design by
Rosanna Stalbow
Lighting Design by
Stuart Glover
Sound Design by
Neil McKeown
Associate Director
Sara Reimers
Assistant Director
Nathan Gael York
Stage Manager
Ina Berggren
Company Photographer
Adam Trigg
Production Graphic Designer
Will Beeston
Cast
Rhys Bevan, Elliott Bornemann, Ethan Chapples, Dyfed Cynan, Alex Good, Natalie Harper, Josh Jewkes, Tom Jobson, George Jovanovic, Roseanna Morris, Prince Plockey, Catherine Thorncombe, Lawrence B Toye & Kerry Willison-Parry.
Theatre

Arabian Nights

by Hammer and Tongs Theatre

Dates
Tuesday 26 November 2013 - Saturday 14 December 2013

A rip-roaring comedy! Hammer and Tongs Theatre tramples raucously through the far-flung fables of the Arabian Nights, thwarting the murderous intentions of a jilted king...

Kings, princesses, the odd genie, more talking animals than you can shake a stick at and a flying horse all find their way into this madcap physical comedy, played out by a rambunctious ensemble and accompanied by live music.

Prepare to be bombarded by imagination and battered with fantasy!

Praise for Arabian Nights at the Camden Fringe 2012:

“Physically inventive and brilliantly funny…This is one of the best Fringe shows - one of the best pieces of pure theatre - I’ve seen in fifteen years”
Snipe London

“The performance was great!...a clever and witty interpretation”
**** Remote Goat

“A fantastic night out!”
Camden Fringe Voyeur


Reviews

"Don't miss out on this fun production!" UK Theatre Network

UK Theatre Network

"The show is fun from start to finish" Dulwich On View

Dulwich On View

”Much of the laughs come from the sheer gusto thrown into everything”

Views From The Gods

“Every character is portrayed with style, originality and detail”

Female Arts

“This show is sure to put a smile on your face”

Everything Theatre

This gives the uniformly excellent cast a platform to showcase their impressive array of performance skills

Remote Goat

The cast took us through a magical roller-coaster of dancing, singing and physical theatre that blew my mind. I loved every minute!

In-Spirels Magazine

The atmosphere is something of a magical cavern, very fitting for the mystical Arabian Nights

A Younger Theatre

Director
Jennifer Rose Lee
Producer:
Sofia Tsekoura
Set designer:
Beth Heaton
Musician:
George McKenzie-Lowe
Cast
Suzie Grimsdick, James Weal, George Clarke, Helen Foster, Kate Millest
Gallery

Andy Peat- Vivid Colours of Nature

 
Dates
Friday 22 November 2013 - Saturday 14 December 2013

Andy uses close observation to bring out the full colour and energy from the natural world. This exhibition shows some of his most vibrant work and fantasy creations.

The private view of this work will be on Wednesday the 4th of December from 6pm.

Community arts

What Now?

 

Dates
Friday 22 November 2013 - Saturday 23 November 2013
Tickets
Tickets are FREE but must be reserved in advance to guarantee entrance. Email us at boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk

Sometimes you wonder… what now?

Is this the right way to go…?

Have I made the right choice...?

Jess is a teenager, full of ambition and eager for fun but she battles with insecurities.

Set in modern day South East London, Jess plays witness to the unraveling of her life. Facing a dilemma her peers have set for her, Jess is torn between choices she must make. The decision is hers alone. Will she be able to cope?

After-Hours is a new theatre company for 18 - 23 year olds, independently set up and managed by young people.


Lighting Designer/Technician
Tristan Church
Gallery

Alicia Clarke at Blue Elephant Theatre

Dates
Tuesday 22 October 2013 - Wednesday 20 November 2013

Alicia Clarke and Retrospective's choreographer Mari Frogner are long time collaborators and Alicia has documented watching Retrospective come to life, from working with the seeds of an idea for the promotional pictures, to then seeing the piece develop in rehearsal. She presents this exhibition of photography alongside Retrospective and some of Blue Elephant's shorter runs of works this Autumn season.

Alicia is a London based dance photographer shooting movement imagery and reportage for arts organisations, PR and design companies. Her work appears in national magazines and supplements such as Time Out and The Guardian, and her dance clients include Laban, Greenwich Dance Agency and The Place.

This exhibition can be seen pre- and post-shows, Tuesday to Saturday. Appointments may be arranged in advance to see the exhibition during the day, Monday to Friday.

Theatre

So It Goes

Dates
Wednesday 13 November 2013 - Saturday 16 November 2013

A wry, touching and visually poetic new play about bereavement.

Hannah’s father died of cancer when she was seventeen and in the seven years since, she hasn't talked about it much. Here she opens up, in a new show about memory, absence, bereavement...and how hard it is to talk about death.

On the Run are fascinated by the silence which death provokes, by the way grief creeps into our everyday lives and affects us even years after a death.

David Ralfe, co-creator of Machines For Living at Blue Elephant in 2012, and Hannah Moss return to the theatre following sold-out scratch performances of So It Goes in June.

So It Goes is a work-in-progress performance and feedback will be welcomed after each show.

Praise for Machines For Living:

“A terrifically directed, stylish piece” The Stage

“Glittering and sharp... brave new theatre” Edinburgh Guide


Devising cast:
Hannah Moss & David Ralfe
Theatre

The Mermaid of Zennor

Date
Sunday 10 November 2013
Duration:
70 minutes
Ages:
8+

‘A long time ago it would have been common place to talk about sightings of Merfolk but not now. Now you’d be crazy to talk of such things.’
One stormy night Imogen asks her mother to recount one of her many tales.

Thrown into her favourite story, The Mermaid of Zennor, we embark on a mysterious voyage filled with mermaids and sea monsters, wandering curses and soul cages. A story of betrayal, belonging and ultimately love.

Moon on a Stick make stunning use of puppetry to bring you deep into the ocean and sweep you into this twisted tale inspired by the folklore of the Cornish Coast.


Theatre

Trunkated

 

Date
Tuesday 5 November 2013
Tickets
Tickets are now fully booked for Trunkated but if you would like to be added to the reserve list please email boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk

A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London’s most exciting artists across the arts. Physical theatre, puppetry, dance, music…A Blue Elephant season in one evening!

The Butterfly Lovers

The Butterfly Lovers is a vibrant new adaptation for children of the ancient Chinese legend. Under the reign of the evil Emperor Hu, girls are forbidden to attend school, but Zhu disguises herself as a boy to do so. There she meets Liang, and together they change China forever.

Directed by James Chamberlain

Written by James Chamberlain and Jason Yu

Cast: Amy Siripunyo, Jake Cahill & Jeffrey Ho

Watch Out For The Bear

Originally formed in June 2012 to make a ukulele cover of the song 'Gettin' Jiggy With It' by Will Smith. Watch Out For The Bear found that bringing a ukulele on stage, performing simple but musically interesting songs with fresh and direct lyrics, made them develop a very special bond with the audience - a playful, singalong phantasmagoria!

Their crazy passion about Bears turned out to be fun for everyone and very contagious!

They have just launched their first EP 'Miriam Upside Down'. You can join them on Facebook Watch Out For The Bear

Dark Matter

Vertebra in collaboration with Outside puppets created the story of the elder "Alfi" who has advanced dementia. Set in a contemporary care home, we use visual and physical storytelling methods including movement and puppetry to descend into the hallucinatory mind of a man in the twilight of his life.

Directed by Mayra Stergiou & Eirini Dermitzaki

Performers/Devising Cast: Fede Bogo,Cecile Dumont, Ludovic Pujil & Paula Siu

Puppet design and making: Eirini Dermitzaki, Fede Bogo & Ludovic Puzol

What's Your Story?

How do you respond to "about me"? What do you write on your CV? This piece looks to explore fragmented identity and our existence within multiple realities and roles virtual, real and imagined.

What’s your story? is created and performed by Amelia Stubberfield, who is a theatre maker, performer, comedian and writer. Since graduating in Acting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2008, she has developed a great deal of her own work, including theatre performance pieces, stand up, character comedy and co-writing and co-starring in an online comedy sitcom. She has recently worked with Louise Mari and Nigel Barrett (founding members of SHUNT) on their projects.

Photo credit: Al Frank Monk


Dance

Retrospective

Dates
Tuesday 29 October 2013 - Saturday 2 November 2013
Post-show discussion:
Thursday 31 October

When you stop being a child…what are you?

How do find your place in life – or even just in your group of friends? When do your feet stop growing? And who decides all these things?

These questions – and many more – are explored by five dancers in Nutshell Dance’s new work Retrospective.

Retrospective deals with topics of adolescence – unknown emotions, budding sexuality, insecurities and unfamiliar identities. Choreographer Mari Frogner explores these topics from a very personal place, combining her Scandinavian point of view with her current perspective as a choreographer working in a world where female voices are scarce.


Reviews

'The harmony between the dancers is evident and overall creates a beautiful show.'

Dulwich on View

Choreographer:
Mari Frogner
Composer:
Oli Newman
Cast
Antonello Apicella, Hannah Cameron, Sarah Hitch, Jenny Reeves & Harriet Waghorn

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • University of Roehampton
  • Norweigen Embassy
  • Gane Trust
  • Wansworth Arts Grant
Theatre

Crazy Glue 2013

Dates
Tuesday 22 October 2013 - Saturday 26 October 2013
Post-show discussion:
Wednesday 23 October

‘Crazy Glue’ had a successful work-in-progress run at the Blue Elephant in October 2013 and has gone on to tour nationally and internationally to great acclaim.


Reviews

“Tight, compelling, and a rollercoaster of experience for the audience” ★★★★★ Female Arts

Female Arts

Devising cast:
Filipa Tomas & Bradley Wayne Smith
Theatre

The Spanish Tragedy

Dates
Tuesday 24 September 2013 - Saturday 19 October 2013

Treacherously murdered in war, a haunted spirit returns to his homeland to seek revenge on those responsible for his death. His lust for the truth leads to one of the bloodiest plays ever written, The Spanish Tragedy.

This outstanding landmark of Elizabethan drama comes to the stage in a new ensemble production, told through a fusion of text, movement and music.

Kyd’s revenge thriller is said to have inspired other great works of the period including Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

“Nothing less than a superb lesson in how to adapt an old classic for a contemporary audience.”
Naima Khan, Spoonfed.com

You can keep you up to date with all the goings on direct from the rehearsal room and stage on their blog:

The Spanish Tragedy Blog


Reviews

***** "Like a magnificent orchestra, tensely tuned and stunningly dynamic"

OneStopArts

**** "Provocative as well as stupendously good fun"

What's On Stage

**** "A highly recommended production...easy and enjoyable to watch..."

Everything Theatre

"Thrilling and brilliantly realised" ★★★★

Entertainment Focus

Written by
Thomas Kyd
Adapted and Directed by
Ricky Dukes
Lighting Design by
Miguel Vicente
Costume Designer:
Nicki Martin-Harper
Assistant Directors
Suvi Peisanen & Eleanor Chadwick
Stage Manager
Ina Berggren
Cast
Maria Alexe, Safron Beck, Amy Bowden, George Clarke, Adam Cunis, Joseph Emms, Suzie Grimsdick, Tom McAdam, Roseanna Morris, James Peter-Bennett, Danny Solomon, Felicity Sparks, Jamie Spindlove, Stefan Stuart &Thomas Winsor.
Theatre

The Grumpiest Boy in the World

Trumpety Trump!

Date
Sunday 13 October 2013
Tickets
This show is now FULLY BOOKED
Duration:
55 minutes
Ages:
4+

Paper Balloon present their magical new family show!

Grumpy seven-year-old Zachary is fed up with feeling average and journeys into a surreal and entrancing world to discover what makes him special.

A host of hilarious characters combine with award-winning writer Finegan Kruckemeyer’s sharp dialogue in this unique twist on an adventure tale.
Alternately hilarious and deeply moving, audiences both young and old will love joining the furious Zachary in his desperate quest to discover difference.


Theatre

The Nightmare Dreamer

Tattooed Potato present – in sound, stillness and light; silence, motion and shadow – an exploration of the internal places we would rather not visit.

Dates
Tuesday 11 June 2013 - Saturday 29 June 2013
Post show discussions
18th and 25th of June

What happens when we give away our darkness?

Suppose you had nightmares, terrible nightmares, every night, night after night.

Exhausted and distraught, where could you turn for rest, for relief, for release?

Suppose there were someone who could dream your nightmares for you,

so you could have deep sleep and sweet dreams.

That someone is the Nightmare Dreamer.


Reviews

4 Stars! "Imaginative, exciting and intelligent in equal measures..."

The Public Reviews

..."packed full of daring approaches, strong acting and bold imagery."

views from the gods

"The physical theatre incorporated into the piece lifts it to a higher level..."

Hackney Hive

"The cast were extremely impressive, without a doubt they made every second of this show a memorable one."

In Spirels Magazine

"This is fascinating and exciting physical theatre!"

UK Theatre Network

Director
John Michael
Set Deisgner
Max Dorey
Sound Designer
Jon McLeod
Lighting Designer
Karl Oskar Sørdal
Costume Designer
Celeste White
Cast
Gerard Alvarez, Téo Ghil, Leonor Lemée, Txema Pérez, Fleur Poad, James Riccetto, & Louise Van der Post