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Past programme

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

The Croydon Avengers

presented by Maya Productions in association with LittleMighty

Friday 29 June 2018 - Sunday 1 July 2018

Regina Rump is on the rampage! A trio of masked vigilantes send Croydon’s crime rate plummeting. They’ve run away from their war-torn homes and are just trying to help.

But Regina’s not happy. She orders her media empire to unmask the Avengers and get them off the streets. Are they terrorists? Criminals? Either way, she thinks they’re a threat to British identity.

Then a freak accident at the Gatwick deportation centre gives the trio powers beyond their wildest dreams. Can three teenage refugees really become the saviours of a doomed nation?

The Croydon Avengers blends comic book visuals with action-packed martial arts to tell a funny, powerful story of terrorist threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who’s different.

Led by Suzanne Gorman, Maya Productions creates diverse theatre to create change: socially, politically and culturally. Their vision is a world where people of all ages, abilities, culture and classes have the opportunity to experience world class theatre.

Aimed at young people aged 8-14 and their families.

Please be aware the performance on Friday 29th June is now fully booked.

The Croydon Avengers is a co-production with Ovalhouse and Harrogate Theatre and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Croydon Council, Teale Charitable Trust and The Newcomen Collett Foundation.

The Croydon Avengers @ Blue Elephant Theatre from Maya Productions on Vimeo.

Written by
Oladipo Agboluaje


Thursday 28 June 2018

A series of performance actions and choreographies responding to ideas around the feeling of FAILURE.

This performance is a work in progress showing and will be followed by a short discussion hosted by the artist.

Robert Hesp is a performance artist and contemporary dancer based in London. His work frequently straddles a variety of disciplines, using the tensions and overlaps as fertile ground for experimentation.

Image by
Zachary Pointon

The Family Blimp

Presented by The Klump Company

Thursday 21 June 2018 - Saturday 23 June 2018

The Klump Company throw open their front door and cordially invite you in to meet The Family Blimp.

Physical theatre, grotesque and a lick of the absurd come together as the Blimps attempt to navigate through a strange new place and meet the demands of their newfangled community.

Let’s play Home Sweet Home, after all - there’s no place like it.

The Klump Company are a brand spanking new ensemble, fresh from internationally acclaimed Ecole de Jacque Lecoq. They could mime the knickers off your granny. They probably won’t though…

Community arts

A Very Elephant Afternoon


Friday 22 June 2018

Drama, games and storytelling for all the family!

As part of Southwark Refugee Week Blue Elephant Theatre are hosting a 2 hour fun-filled drama workshop for all the family. Bring yourselves and your children along to play games, make up stories, laugh and have fun together. If you like the session you can find out more about joining our Young People’s Theatre on a regular basis!

*unaccompanied children are welcome, but must be dropped off by a responsible adult who will provide an emergency contact no. and give parental consent to attend

The session is completely FREE but please book via eventbrite so we know numbers to expect:


The Tale of the Cockatrice

Sunday 17 June 2018

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory a hideous creature awakens. A deadly cockatrice is born! Bold knights flee in terror... Can a humble nun defeat the beast?

Multi-Award-Winning Mumblecrust Theatre present two muddle-headed storytellers, an obscure British legend, breathtaking puppetry and spine-tingling live music in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old.

“Best Newcomer to Brighton Fringe” and “Best of Brighton Fringe: Children and Families Award” 2017
“a genuine work of art” - The Voice

Mumblecrust Theatre is an award-winning theatre company based in the South West of England. Co-Artistic Directors Katie Underhay and Anthony Burbridge came together to fill a niche in children’s theatre, where slightly older children often get left out. From this collaboration, The Tale of the Cockatrice was born.

Age recommendation: 4+ (Perfect for 7-12 year olds!)

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Presented by Found in Translation Theatre Company

Tuesday 12 June 2018 - Saturday 16 June 2018

Based on Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Cassandra takes us on a very personal journey through some of the struggles many women face in their lives; the choice between what’s expected of them and how they feel. Touching on the themes of #metoo and #timesup, Cassandra is an exploration of giving a voiceless woman an audience.

Established in October 2016, Found in Translation’s mission is to take Classical stories and update them for today’s audiences. They produce work that promotes education in the arts and Classical subjects to those that don’t have easy access.

Suitable for ages 16+


Monstera Deliciosa

Curated by Ioanna Sakkoula
Wednesday 6 June 2018

For one evening only, the Blue Elephant transforms into the Monstera Deliciosa group exhibition!

The performances individually and collectively interact with the playful dynamics and potential of the theatrical space and time as an exhibition. The coexisting works investigate the simultaneous opposites of orderly disorder, synchronous spontaneity, anticlimactic climax, the humorously serious and the theatrically honest.

Keep Reaching For The Stars by Beth Chapman
An angry wrestler explores the relations and boundaries within group exhibitions, while exposing the frustration of artists.

Fear of the Unknown by Beatriz Creel
You are invited to a collective game of breaking through the fear of the unknown. A participatory performance based on the festive game of the piñata.

2000-2012 by Kyriakos Tsirigotis & Ioanna Bili
A sculptural and choreographic performance influenced by the autobiographical elements of the artist’s experience in the Greek Navy. A durational process of discipline, healing and absurdity.

Untitled by Wright & Vandame
Remnants of celebrations or traces of a performance. This site-specific installation insinuates the memory of fun as well as the melancholy of past moments.

This exhibition runs from 18.00 - 20.30. Tickets are FREE, but booking in advance is highly recommended. Please book here.


Brain Rinse

Friday 1 June 2018 - Saturday 2 June 2018

Journey through the corridors of your mind in this award-nominated interactive comedy show. Ridiculous characters will help you come together as an audience and discover your inner ninja. War, mountaineering, expressive dance and tantric air kissing, it’s all in there.

Allergy advice: this show contains traces of audience participation.

Globetrotting street performer Mike Raffone has decided to put a roof over his shows. And so Rinse Productions was born. Mike's most memorable street theatre event was when an on-duty policeman played the part of The Hot Cop in a recreation of The Village People.

Created by
Mike Raffone
Directed by
John Whelan

Love & Spaghetti

Presented by A Truefitt Collective

Thursday 31 May 2018

A Truefitt Collective presents... LOVE & SPAGHETTI, their newest work exploring the complexity, vulnerability and simplicity of human relationships.

Human interpersonal relationships are vital for our survival, so why are we so s*** at getting them right? Two women perform their experiences as they fall apart and come together. This is the beautiful and terrifying thing about relationships; we must be willing to completely reveal layers of ourselves to reach an authentic, tangible connection with another soul.

An evening of LOVE & SPAGHETTI also features two new performance works: Too Close to the Bone (Elisha Hamilton) and Sorry Flowers Die (Jay Yule & Tommy Cattin).

Too Close to the Bone (Elisha Hamilton)

The audience find themselves amongst a particular unnerving world as both you and I expose parts of our lustful or lust-less lives.

Sorry Flowers Die (Jay Yule & Tommy Cattin)

A shift between unknown and privacy is also a journey between absurdity and tenderness, a strange cohabitation that still reveals an inability to communicate as human beings.

Sound Composer
Jo Cooper
Spoken Word Artist
Chantelle Walker



Thursday 24 May 2018

A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London's most exciting artists across the arts.

Tickets are FREE and are FULLY BOOKED but you can join the waiting list here and we will be in touch if any become available.

Flux Theatre - Grotty Toilet

A grotty toilet. Two strangers. And a lot of time to pass.

Flux Theatre are a new-writing company that aim to create socially engaging stories.

Previous work has been show at Finborough Theatre, Tristan Bates, Bunker Theatre, Park Theatre, Arcola Theatre.

The Prologues - Amelia's Account

The Prologues is a drama that explores power, freedom, gender bias and the justice system. The story is told by four female protagonists who are foster sisters. Over a series of short sketches, a thrilling story unravels as we learn more about each character’s journey.

For the Trunkated Showcase, The Prologues – Amelia’s account will be shared.

Romani Wright playing Amelia Smith
Lauren Anika playing Dr. Tara Mclearan

Stephanie T Clarke is an upcoming writer & director hailing from South London. Currently she runs a movement for minority Actors & Writers, called Actors Jam. AcJam works with young people aged 16-25 to take new original work & innovative ideas from page to stage. The project aims to create story lines that represent the diverse community.

Smoke Weed, Eat Pussy Everyday

‘Be the girl on tinder every girl wants to go to raves with’

They say this city never sleeps. Some people don’t have anywhere to sleep. For some people drugs are the home they go back to. Is partying always a fun vibe… Or is it just somewhere to belong?

This work in progress is a semi-autobiographical, spoken word theatre piece by Chloё Florence which explores sexuality, drugs, homelessness and rave culture.

Poet, playwright and performer - Chloё’s work is routed in truth and spoken word. As an ‘Artivist’ - she aims to give a voice to the voiceless in society / on stage.

Member of Shutdown Collective, Poetry Collective at the Roundhouse, Longlisted for the Outspoken Poetry Prize and Vault Festival New Writers Award Winner.

Directed by Kelly Roberts.

Him Indoors

An absurd comedy horror set in a ridiculous town full of oddbodds: A journalist gets a tipoff on a story he just has to follow, and into an unknown town he goes to meet a strange lady in a house on a hill…

Douberful are a company formed by Sonja Doubleday who have made short films with various members. The current brand new production Him Indoors consists of three performers, Sonja Doubleday, Nina Attesh and Tiberious Chris who have come together to make this play.


George is a piece about the dehumanising effects of ambition within cities. It follows an everyman character on his way to his meeting with "J"; an absent but ever present figure of authority and enlightenment. George meets several people along the way, but in a world where everyone is out for themselves, who is there left to trust?

CTNGCY Theatre is a physical theatre company. It is unique in the sense that its roots in traditional theatre allow the company to choreograph contemporary dance to deliver a strong narrative. Its work utilises the explosive theatrical potential of live audience interaction and explores social issues in a dynamic way.

Barbara Blanka
Igor Smith
Max Percy

Tech: Edward Justham

Dramaturg: Frey Kwa Hawking


Ex-batts and Broilers


Tuesday 22 May 2018

Join Gail and Gemma on a touching, eggciting and cut-throat journey through friendship and chickenhood. Watch them compete for your affections, and decide on your favourite to vote out of the cage to pastures new!

Ex-batts and Broilers is presented as a work in progress and feedback will be welcomed.

Age guidance: 14+

Jesse Dupre and Sophie Taylor
Technical Operator:
Heather Ralph
Costume support:
Ruth Dupre
Michael Glover

Story Time with Craig Jenkins


Sunday 13 May 2018

Enjoy an afternoon of fun, laughs, songs and stories as storyteller Craig Jenkins performs Story Time –classic folktales from across the world.

Listen to the adventures of the animals of the jungle as lion, monkey, elephant and mouse take part in mischief and fun, while the children of the city have some hilarious adventures of their own!

With a playful and interactive style, this 50 minute show is a perfect Sunday afternoon treat for children aged 5+ and their families.

Craig Jenkins is an internationally renowned storyteller who has performed stories for children around the world in England, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, Taiwan and the United States of America.

Over the last ten years, he has performed for high profile organisations such as the BBC, the Barbican Centre, the British Museum, the British Film Institute and the High Commission of India (London), as well as using storytelling in a wide range of education, outreach and community settings.

Suitable for ages 5 and over.


Blue Cloud Scratch


Friday 11 May 2018

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.

M2toB by Livia Massarelli

M2toB takes inspiration from the work of Italian painter Ubaldo Savonari.

The dynamism and the power of the colours in Savonari's work has inspired the music composition and the choreography in M2toB. The piece aims to demonstrate the strength, the dynamics and shapes of Savonari’s art through movement and music, suggesting constant resilience.

Choreographer Livia Massarelli is an Italian dancer and choreographer based in London. Her own choreographies have been presented at Resolution Festival 2018 (London) The Play Space (London) Casa das Artes (Portugal), Terni Festival (Italy), Festival ArteScienza (Italy). She has performed choreographies by various artists as Shobana Jeyasingh, Tony Adigun, Patricia Okenwa, Allen and Karen Kaeja, Emanuel Gat and Claudia Castellucci.

Choreographer/Dancer: Livia Massarelli
Music composer: Maurizio Massarelli
Photo credit: Chris Nash

Storming Frenzy by David West

Storming Frenzy explores group dynamics, and their stages of development. This was known as "Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing", drawing inspirations from the physiologist Bruce Tuckman’s findings. Rather than delving into the academics of it all, however, this piece looks at the emotional, physiological elements of his findings.

David West is an early career choreographer, having graduated from London Studio Centre in 2017. His work aims to stir emotional reactions and self-awareness in not just the viewers, but also the dancers, and others that partake in his work. He hopes to establish a small company later this year.

Choreographer: David West
Image Credit: Michelle Rose

File No. 549574X by Raymond Sweetman/SOAS Dance Society

The ‘mime’ sections of the great classical ballets are nowadays often treated as twee, archaic relics which serve only as interludes to the pyrotechnics of the big jumps and turns. ‘Modern’ ballet distances itself from its roots to have an ‘edge’. Originally conceived as a linking episode for a longer piece, this short extract attempts to create a narrative from two sides of ballet.

SOAS (University of London) Dance Society is the university society offering dance classes and workshops for students of the School of Oriental and African Studies as well as Birkbeck College. The society’s President Raymond Sweetman is the choreographer and performer of File No. 549574X. He is also a professional dancer who mainly specialises in contemporary, commercial and K-pop but also performs ballet and waacking on occasion.

Choreographer/Performer: Raymond Sweetman
Music Credits: Cos Chapman, Thomas Tallis & Vaughan Williams

Joe by Tommy Cattin

Joe is a choreographic exploration of the notion of presence, where the work of composition was directed through personal senses and memories. In space, the audience is invited to be part of the temporal and living experience arising from this arrangement.

Tommy Cattin is from Switzerland. He is about to graduate with a BA (Hons) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He also spent part of his training in Institut del Teatre in Barcelona in 2017. From 2018, Tommy will join Black Box Dance Company in Denmark as an apprentice. Over the past few years, he has presented creations in different events in London and online.

Choreographer: Tommy Cattin
Dancer: Joséphine Auffray
Costume: Rosie Whiting
Sound: Gaspar Narby
Image Credit: James Keates

FollOw mE/Suis MOi by Matthew Rawcliffe

Considering what it means to belong and to be loved, FollOw mE/Suis MOi is a fun energetic solo which explores why we dance; as though the body is discovering what it feels like to move and to be moved for the first time.

Manchester-born dancer currently training at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Matthew is co-artistic director of Two Yolks Theatre, a cross disciplinary company working in dance, spoken word and music. In 2016 he created a solo work 'Time She Stopped' which was used in a promotional film commissioned by The Lowry for the Selfridges' everyBODY campaign.

Choreographer/Dancer: Matthew Rawcliffe
Photo Credit: Emma Gleave

Re + by Tamae Yoneda

Retry, Recover, React…

I’ve done a lot of things with dance, sometimes they’ve been good, sometimes they’ve been bad.

Maybe every dancer feels they can be saved by dance, and that’s why we never give up. That’s why we retry, recover, react…

I’ve moved to London, and now I want to rediscover myself. It’s simple, I just wanna dance.

Tamae Yoneda is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer from Osaka, Japan. Tamae originally trained as a gymnast, before moving into the performing arts and specialising in dance. This has led her on a journey to train across the world, judge national dance competitions and perform as a guest dancer in many events. Tamae has since opened her own dance company, and has dedicated herself to teaching while also pursuing her own creative practice as a choreographer.


Before It Starts

Tuesday 8 May 2018 - Thursday 10 May 2018

Before It Starts is a brutal and unforgiving take on teenage life, sex, social media and friendships told through physical theatre and clowning.

When a new girl starts school and reveals her controversial sexuality her friends have a lot to laugh about. But when the jokes turn sour and the playful banter becomes bullying, the group realise they have a lot to be sorry for. Unlike other conventional homophobia stories that pity the victim, Before It Starts approaches this story from the bully’s point of view, making them likeable, funny, charismatic and oblivious of their own actions.

So sit back, relax and get ready for the rawest, funniest and most offensive ride of your life. It’s playful, it’s honest, it’s daring, it’s an education for all! Oh, and remember, it’s based on true events and real life accounts!

Q&A Panel: On Wednesday 9th May we will host a post show discussion panel with Naked Frank and with LGBT inclusion advocate and award-winning educator Shaun Dellenty ( Learn how the show was created and contribute to the discussion on LGBT inclusion and education.

Naked Frank are a physical theatre company who create theatre that makes a positive difference. For this production the company combined written accounts and verbatim text to tell a cold story about homophobia in schools in an outlandish, controversial and hilarious manner.

“We don’t believe that theatre can change the world, but it can change an opinion. Change enough opinions and you might just change the world.”

Age Guidance: 15+


★★★★★ "Everything is in place: enthusiasm, integrity, uncompromising message: the result is a highly effective piece of theatre." Peter Yates, London Theatre 1

Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze!

Thursday 3 May 2018

'A sneeze is a powerful thing, a dangerous thing, you never know what might happen with a sneeze...'

Join Ellie on a wild snot-filled adventure as she sets out to help her friend Stanley to sneeze for the very first time. A Roald Dahl-esque tale featuring live music, magical mucus and ever-extendable nose hairs from the award-winning creators of Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that can Never be Caught!

Winners: Best Family Show, Buxton Fringe.
'Splendidly silly' (List).
'Quirky, inventive and lively' **** (

After the hilarious Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal and the Hippo that can Never be Caught!, Mouths of Lions have a new show brewing and they’re trying it out at the Blue Elephant for the first time! If you’d like to see a very funny and very silly new show before anyone else does AND get a taste of how shows are put together and see the actors and musicians working from scripts, then come along for Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze!

Tickets are FREE but we advise booking here to avoid disappointment.

Suitable for ages 5-10.

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