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Theatre

Legends: Monsters, Mead & Mayhem

A Comedy from Hammer & Tongs Theatre Company

Dates
Thursday 25 May - Saturday 27 May
Times
8:00 pm

Matinee at 5pm on Friday 26th May
Days of the week
Thursday - Saturday
Ticket price
£8.50
£7.50 (concessions)
£7.00 (southwark residents)
£7.00 (Matinee Ticket - Friday 26th May 5.00pm)
£6.00 (Matinee Concession - Friday 26th May 5.00pm)
£5.00 (Matinee Southwark Resident - Friday 26th May 5.00pm)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Viking survival guide:

Avoid the elves.
Avoid the dwarves.
Avoid the giants.
Definitely avoid all other humans.
Avoid both underworlds.
Whatever you do, DON’T offend the eagles.
Don’t enter game shows.
Remember cheese sandwiches for the sea monster.
Do not drink ANYTHING. Absolutely anything at all.
If truth be told, being slain in battle is advisable, but only if it’s heroic.

Best of luck
Thor

This is a work in progress performance by Hammer & Tongs Theatre who previously presented Arabian Nights and MYTHS at the Blue Elephant.

Praise for Hammer and Tongs' previous work:

"Wittily written and sharply performed...drawing its wry irreverent tone from classic comedy like Monty Python and Douglas Adams’ novels" - Euston Street Diaries (MYTHS)

★★★★"... a fun, fast-paced hour propelled by polished performances from the cast" - Everything Theatre (MYTHS)

★★★★ "So funny…the applause didn't stop" - Views From the Gods (Arabian Nights)


Dance

Blue Cloud Scratch

Date
Tuesday 30 May
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£5.00
£3.50 (concessions)
£3.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


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.

The Left Hand Path - Lucy Palmer Dance

Walking through life with socially acceptable masks, pulling the veil across each urge we choose to suppress. The Left Hand Path will explore the dark side of the psyche through an intrinsically woven male trio. Three bodies in space discovering their shadow side, unable and unwilling to accept the animalistic nature, envy and rage.

Lucy Palmer's choreographic work includes: 140BPM, The Latest Pair of Jimmy Choo’s, To See, Scratch Mark and How am I not myself? These have been presented at: The Crypt Gallery, The Place, and Woking Dance Umbrella. Lucy achieved her MA in Choreography from Middlesex University mentored by Christopher Bannerman, Emilyn Claid and Angela Woodhouse.

Choreographer: Lucy Palmer
Performers: Joey Barton, Harry Parr and Riley Wolf
Photo credit: Yulia Antonov

Wom(b)an – Mητ(έ)ρα - Despina Mavrou

Woman – mother – creator.

In the UK, 1 in 5 women are likely to have a hysterectomy by the age of 60. What does it mean to have/not have a womb and how is one's identity affected by it? Exploring the ways a body can create, the loss of the ability to create life enables the creation of this piece.

Choreographer & Performer: Despina Mavrou

Despina Mavrou is artistic director and co-founder of Piece by Piece dance company. She trained in classical, modern and contemporary techniques and choreography in Cyprus and London. Despina's choreography is concerned with issues that affect her personally, as well as societal matters that affect women widely, and tries (and occasionally succeeds) to inject some light-heartedness and humour into her work.

This solo was created through a one year residency at Space@Clarence Mews, with mentoring and support from Caroline Salem.

Photo credit: Despina Mavrou

Living is Dancing - Justine Reeve and Company

Living is dancing explores the desire that dancers have for finding performance work, voyeuristically watching four dancers trapped in the audition process. It embodies a time when you are at your most optimistic, naive, venerable, self-conscious but determined to spend a lifetime in dance, before you grasp that nettle. Performed by dancers from companies apprentice programme and aimed at KS3/KS4.

Choreographer: Justine Reeve
Performers: Xanthe Wilson, Hester Gill, Ella Fleetwood, Vicky Mead & Katherine Voget
Music composed by: Paul Sandrone
Voice: Justine Reeve
Film/photos: Jeremy Reeves

Justine Reeve and Company make work that reveals the diverse state of existence exploring the unhinged aspects of the human condition. There is an on-going exploration of the relationship between movement, text, music and comedy and how these forms can be used to reveal a mischievous and poignant expression. This has been revealed more recently in her irrepressible web series Smacks of Naff.

aLove Story - MCDC

Are we more devoted to gadgets than our loved ones, seeking positive reinforcement and emotional attachment from our phones in place of other human beings? aLove Story takes you on a journey we can all relate to. In a digital age, this piece explores the attachment love can bring.

Choreographer & performer: Michaela Cisarikova
Spoken word artist: Malin Smedhagen
Photo credit: Imoje Aikhoje

MCDC was founded by Artistic Director and Choreographer Michaela Cisarikova in 2014 in London. Commissions and other Performances include: Breaking Convention 2017 at Sadler’s Wells, Emerge Festival 2016, Resolution 2017, The Living Advent Calendar at Folkestone, East London Dance, Junction Dance, The Space Theatre, The Broadway Theatre, The Longfield Hall, Stara Arena (Czeck Republic), Dom Kultury Cadca (Slovakia), Nakuru Players Theatre (Kenya), Footprint Festival and others. MDCD’s mission is to challenge creativity; explore diversity and broaden audiences within dance.

Return to Troy - Sarah Louise Kristiansen

Return to Troy is inspired by Homer’s Odessey. In an abstract dreamlike state Ulyssus returns to a destroyed Troy, aware that in any war that is won, a loser also exists. The piece is inspired by current global political affairs which relates to Homer’s Odessey by sharing stories of belonging, displaced bodies and desolate memories.

Choreographer: Sarah Louise Kristiansen
Image credit: Muhannad Shono

Danish-born choreographer Sarah Louise Kristiansen has worked internationally in prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Kremlin Theatre, The Gwangju Biennale, The ICA and has completed further training at Millennium Dance Studios and EDGE Pac in Los Angeles. Additionally she has spent time in the Shaolin Temple in China,
researching Shaolin Wushu martial arts. Sarah Louise has travelled the world dancing and running successful projects globally, including with her company Making Dance Happen, which she decided to establish to promote community development through international research excursions for young artists.


Dance

Escape 2

by LCP Dance Theatre

Dates
Friday 7 July - Sunday 9 July
Times
8:00 pm, 6:30 pm

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July at 8.00pm, Sunday 9th July at 6.30pm
Days of the week
Friday - Sunday
Ticket price
£10.00
£9.00 (concessions)
£8.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


LCP Dance Theatre invites their audiences on a journey of awareness of what’s going on in the world.

Escape 2 follows on from 2016’s Escape, recreating and re-telling the emotional journey of a refugee using innovative aerial dance and multimedia, against a stirring soundscape by Stefano Guzzetti. Fusing pole and silks performance with dance theatre, Escape 2 explores the impact of a new environment on a refugee, who must face social, political and psychological challenges in order to integrate with a new society.

Award winning LCP Dance Theatre draws awareness to human rights violations through dance and has been nominated twice at the Edinburgh Fringe for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.`

Praise for LCP Dance Theatre's previous work:

“Modern, moving, muscular & magnificent” The Mumble Dance (Escape)

“A compelling dance performance dealing with highly relevant issues” UK Theatre Network (Escape)

“LCP Dance Theatre offered something extraordinary” ★★★★ Female Art (I Am)


Dance

J7s Dance Company: An Evening with Guilia

Dates
Thursday 13 July - Friday 14 July
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Thursday and Friday
Ticket price
£9.00
£8.00 (concessions)
£7.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


J7s Dance Company is a professional dance company based in London. Founded by Italian choreographer Giulia Iurza, the company is particularly interested in the connection between mind and body. Striving to create pieces that psychologically push both dancers and audience, they begin by taking aspects from everyday life and use them as the stimulus to generate movement.

Join J7s at the Blue Elephant to share the journey the company takes in the studio to create their work. The night will feature pieces at different stages of their development, including Shikishin Funi, which premiered at The Place as part of Resolution, and their new work experimenting with live percussion. It will finish off with a Q&A session with Giulia Iurza.


Theatre

The Break-Up Monologues

 

Date
Wednesday 19 July
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£7.00
£6.00 (concessions)
£5.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

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Award-winning comedian and Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby hosts this themed comedy, storytelling and spoken word night. Rosie is joined onstage by fellow performers Sophia Blackwell, VG Lee and Paula Varjack to look back at their best and worst relationship breakup stories. Tragedy plus time equals comedy, right?

Rosie Wilby's nonfiction book Is Monogamy Dead? is out in 2017 (Accent Press) following a trilogy of shows investigating love and relationships. The Conscious Uncoupling was the final part of this trilogy and was programmed for Southbank Centre Festival of Love 2016 and shortlisted for Funny Women Best Show 2016.

Sophia Blackwell's acclaimed new poetry collection The Fire Eater's Lover is available via Burning Eye Books. She has been described as 'dirty, juicy, knowing and open' by Stella Duffy.

VG Lee's fifth novel Mr Oliver's Object Of Desire is out now. She started performing comedy in her sixties and is a regular favourite at Paul Burston's Polari salon.

Paula Varjack's Letters I Never Sent To You, also published by Burning Eye, has been described as a 'stunning collection of snapshots, memoir and poetry, deeply personal, vulnerable and frank' by Salena Godden.

This event is supported by Southwark LGBT network and will be recorded for a highlights broadcast on Resonance FM.

The Breakup Monologues was first commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival.


Devised, hosted and curated by
Rosie Wilby

Supported by

  • Metro
  • Southwark LGBT Network
  • Southwark Council
Dance

Blue Cloud Scratch

Date
Friday 21 July
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£5.00
£3.50 (concessions)
£3.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


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.


Dance

Here Comes Trouble

Date
Thursday 27 July
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£10.00
£9.00 (concessions)
£7.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Through a series of robust episodes drawing on social and cultural influences from Yorkshire, Ireland and Jamaica, Keira rhythmically weaves together traditional music, authentic song and gutsy dance.

Best described as Irish dance deep in thought, she shares hard hitting and heart-warming chapters of her life to courageously address stereotypes and challenge labels. Witness her build bridges and burn them again, each time revealing a deeper layer of herself and her heritage.

This feisty yet vulnerable performance is entertaining and demonstrates the power and elegance of women in a very real and honest way.


Choreographer:
Keira Martin
Director:
Charlotte Vincent
Composer:
Jamie Roberts
Costume and Set Design:
Ryan Laight
Photography by:
Joe Armitage Bone Shaker Photography
Lighting Design:
Huw Williams
Manager
Sarah Shead Spin-Arts Management

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • Spin-Arts

An Elephant Never Forgets...

Past shows at the Blue Elephant: if you didn't catch these the first time round, here's your chance to see them elsewhere!

Dance

This Really Is Too Much

Current venue
Camden People's Theatre
Dates
Saturday 27 May - Sunday 28 May
Time
9:00 pm
Days of the week
Friday and Saturday
Tickets
Buy online

Look. (point) You’ve never had it so good. We. Are moving. Forward.

Outlandish, bold and highly entertaining, This Really Is Too Much delves into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles. With irreverent physicality, four characters wrestle with restriction, gender and performance of identity, trying desperately to work out which box they fit into.

Raucous and thought provoking in equal measure, Gracefool's genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of what it means to be a 3-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating, moisturizing WO-man in modern society. Dripping with virtuosic charm and anarchic wit, this is feminist comedy dance at its very best.

There will be a post-show discussion following the performance on Saturday 12th November.


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