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Past programme

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

Trunkated Scratch Night @ Elefest

Programmed by Blue Elephant Theatre
Performed at Southwark Playhouse

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.

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

Stephen Hennessy: A Local Exhibition

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.


In the Surface of a Bubble

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.


"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
Edward Day, Amelie Leroy, Adam Cridland and Line Møllerchristensen

Supported by

  • Arts Council England

Writers at Work at Blue Elephant


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.

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.

Kerry Willison-Parry - Isabelle
Glyn Williams - Daniel


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.

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.


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 or by calling us on 020 7701 0100. Please note that there will be a post show discussion after each reading.


Scenes from Hello Again

by Play Pen Productions

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


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


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

The Flying Roast Goose

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.


★★★★★ "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

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

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • Yellow Earth Theatre



Tuesday 27 May 2014

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!

Audience Participation

Audience Participation, but not the kind you're thinking of. When a shockingly transgressive act is made public for private reasons, a cacophony of competing voices are ignited on the internet, some less sympathetic than others. How do we navigate the deluge of opinion we're exposed to? How do we know who we are?

Tressillian Collective are a new company of Goldsmiths graduates: director Grace Gummer, writer Phil Lindsey and producer Felicity Paterson. The Collective's first outing was to Edinburgh with Phil's first play, where they received a four star review from Three Weeks. Our aim is to analyse and present the contemporary world through theatre.

Working Girl

by Sabrina Recoules Quang.

The everyday life of a successful working girl as she wakes up, goes to work, closes big deals, then goes to bed and wakes up, ready to deal again. Discover why the working girl might quit her comfort zone.

Sabrina explores the boarders between puppetry, performance and visual arts. In addition to the Little Angel Theatre, she trained with LISPA and Teatro Gioco Vita. Using a chaotic and organic collage process, she plays with geometrical shapes, music, and mixed media to create stories for waking up our “joie de vivre” ! Théâtre du 1k


Couch follows the lives of five graduates after drama school. It centres on the casting call, and the plethora of unfortunate events that can, and do, unfold when facing a casting director armed with a tripod and recording device. Woven into the drama are the personal lives of its five central characters.

Cast: Jatinder Chera and Holly Russo
Writer: Jatinder Chera

Jatinder Chera thought he had it made when he won a scholarship to drama school. He was surely going to be an overnight success, wasn't he? After eight years in the industry, Jatinder picked up a bic biro and started writing a part for himself. A role that didn't involve arranged marriages, exploding rucksacks or Indian accents, just a Brit Asian struggling with his Oyster card in the London metropolis.

One For Sorrow

A new play about the effects of child abuse.

An expressionist piece of theatre with just one character, Keith.
Keith refuses to sleep due to his disturbing nightmares.
These nightmares reveal the truths of what happened to Keith as a child.

Writer: James Ernest
Actor: Richard Foster-King
Director: Lily Levin

Shed Brain

Both experienced holders of things. Although admittedly Shed demonstrates a higher potential in this area. Tension builds. Is Brain perhaps aspiring to be Shed, the slippery little troublemaker? This sort of collaboration never works. Brain v Shed ... but it's not a competition. A projector, a tiny useless lamp, two smoking hot girls, one other object. It's been compared to porn without a TV (family friendly) and it's definitely not similar to any other show. Venus v Serena. Shed v Brain.

Shed Brain is performed by Eve Stainton and Sorcha Stott-Strzala, who are part of The Uncollective, an umbrella performance organisation of emerging contemporary choreographers, dancers and theatre makers. Shed Brain will be premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2014. The Uncollective

Unspoken Words

A life plan that changes towards the unexpected. An intimate solo based on the changes we go through in our twenties, where words take the form of movement. One dancer looks to find a way to express her innermost thoughts, fusing British Sign Language with contemporary dance.

Choreography/ Performance: Monica Nicolaides
Music: Zory Burner

MonixArts is a contemporary dance company, fusing contemporary dance with martial arts. Investigating human relationships and behaviour, our work looks at what makes us us.

Supported by

Community arts



Thursday 22 May 2014 - Friday 23 May 2014

An evening of spoken word. Artists come together to share a high-energy and thought provoking mix of storytelling, rap, poetry, song, comedy and MC-ing, all inspired by the colour RED.

Expect moments of love, loss, longing and laughs in an interactive showcase of some of South London's most exciting and diverse spoken word talent.

RED is a charity event and 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam; a grassroots theatre organisation that works with underprivileged children in Tamil Nadu, South India.


James Sherwood


Tuesday 13 May 2014 - Wednesday 14 May 2014

James Sherwood is the Blue Elephant's "comedy-songwriter-in-residence" though everyone prefers the word 'Minstrel'. His show features many of the songs written at the Blue Elephant, mixed in with stand-up routines from his award-winning set.

When James is not at the Blue Elephant, he works on the UK stand-up circuit. He has also written for many Radio 4 comedy favourites, including The News Quiz and The Now Show. He appears as the pianist on Radio 4's improv show Chat Show Roulette, starring Justin Edwards and Matt Lucas.

'Imaginative musical jokes and beautifully crafted original comedy songs...The material he offers is fresh, contemporary and pin-sharp original.'
The Guardian


"Great comic timing"

Remote Goat


Ieva Kuniskis-Double Bill

Wednesday 7 May 2014 - Friday 9 May 2014
Post show discussion
Thursday 8th May

Choreographer Ieva Kuniskis creates works of physical storytelling which offer snapshots into other people’s worlds.

Gone To Get Milk

The same walls, the same people, the same incessant landscape make you want to scream for change, yet that same familiarity brings you comfort. And every time you say you're leaving, you are just going to get milk...

Women’s Tales

Four female performers use their personal stories to paint honest self-portraits, offering glimpses into their own lives. Drawing on folklore traditions, the women share these intimate tales, creating a delicate and tense communion reminiscent of the scattered soundtrack of haunting folk voices and fingerpicked guitars.

Photo credits: Judita Kuniskyte


"Engaged and enchanted"

Remote Goat

A delight for the uninitiated as well as for those more knowledgeable

Everything Theatre

Supported by

  • White Hart Studios
  • Space at Clarence Mews

it goes here now

Thursday 1 May 2014 - Friday 2 May 2014

Inspired by the cultural debate on genetic modification and designer babies, 'it goes here now' creates a dystopian world through explosive and dynamic contemporary dance.

Stitching together a body of ideas from bio-clones and the alchemical homunculus to Frankenstein’s demon, Tempered Body Dance Theatre combines physicality with hard science to expose fetishes, reveries and revulsions – and asks what it means to be human.

Intricate duets and delicate solos are brought to life by an original music score, and interplay with responsive projected images, to tell the narrative of innate human curiosity. Vigorous and energetic choreography is set in contrast with intricate and detailed physicality to embody a collective, cultural inquisition.


"daring, provocative and innovative"

Everything Theatre

Choreographed by
Maddy Wynne-Jones

Supported by

  • Arts Council England

The Rite Of Spring/Romeo & Juliet

Wednesday 23 April 2014 - Saturday 26 April 2014

A visceral marriage of two tales of slaughtered innocence, The Rite of Spring/Romeo and Juliet pairs Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral concert work with Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Performed in four-hand piano and commedia half-mask, the stories interweave passion, rage, despair and sacrifice to create an exciting reinterpretation of two great classic works.

The latest production by Concert Theatre, a young company which combines live classical music and theatre, brings together pianists from the Royal Academy of Music, Lecoq-trained performers and mask specialists Trestle Theatre.

Praise for Concert Theatre's show 'Sonata Movements'

“Strikingly innovative hybrid of concert-recital and drama” Telegraph

“Poignant and beautiful.” Gramophone


"This is fringe theatre at its finest" ★★★★★

Views from the Gods

"This was the best piece of physical theatre I’ve ever seen" ★★★★

Everything Theatre

Supported by

  • Arts Council England

The Butterfly Lovers


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


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

Female Arts

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

The Power of The Inglewood

Wednesday 16 April 2014
Tickets are FREE but must be reserved in advance to guarantee entrance. Email us at

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


Richard III

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.


'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
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.