Applications now Open for Residencies at the Blue Elephant!

The Blue Elephant is delighted to be able to offer four week-long residencies to emerging artists, thanks to funding from the Idlewild Trust. These residencies are for the performing arts, particularly theatre and dance, to provide research and development time. The offer is:
• 5 days space in Blue Elephant’s Theatre (Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm) for research and development of a new piece. These weeks will likely be in January 2018.
• £350 bursary towards the expenses of those taking part
• Artistic, marketing, press and fundraising mentoring
• Some technical support and the opportunity to present a showcase in our professional theatre

There are four residencies on offer and we would love them to support work in its early stages of development. It doesn’t have to be completely new, however. We are especially interested in hearing from artists from diverse backgrounds, from those who would use our support to attempt to gain further funding and from those who would like to build a relationship with Blue Elephant Theatre.

The Idlewild Trust focuses on supporting emerging young artists at the beginning of their careers and as such, we have questions about how long a company has been established and/or how long a lead applicant has been out of training/education. Applications should only come from UK-based artists with priority given to London-based artists.

Please complete the application form here by August 7th. After you submit your application, we may get in touch with you to ask for more information or to clarify anything we are unsure of. If you would like an application form posted to you or to access it in a different format, please contact us on or 02077010100.

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Here Comes Trouble

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

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.

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

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • Spin-Arts