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Black History Month Harmony in diversity: Writing & Drama Workshops

 

Dates
Wednesday 27 October - Thursday 28 October
Times
10:30 am, 2:30 pm
Days of the week
Wednesday and Thursday
Online booking
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This Black History Month, Blue Elephant is running workshops for children and young people to celebrate the diverse cultures that come together to make Black British culture.

The workshops will explore the history of areas that have become celebrated and well-known due to diverse Black cultures forming communities there. With many of these places going through changes, especially in London, it is important for these histories to be remembered and shared. Our workshops will explore the journeys local places took to become cultural hubs through drama and writing activities, ultimately encouraging young people to write their own pieces inspired by the workshop.

The workshops are free but spaces are limited so please book in advance. They are most suitable for ages 8 - 12. These events are supported by Southwark Council’s Black History Month Fund

Details:
Wednesday 27th - 10.30am - 12pm
Thursday 28th October - 2.30pm - 4pm


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Harmony in Diversity: Black History Month Celebration

 

Date
Friday 29 October
Times
3:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Online booking
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Join Blue Elephant as we come together to celebrate Black History Month 2021. This month we have been celebrating the diverse cultures that come together to make Black British culture, by thinking about the history of places in the UK that have become celebrated and well-known due to diverse Black cultures.

Our celebratory event features a new performance, created in response to our workshops throughout the month, as well as screenings of some of the short monologues created during Black History Month 2020, inspired by powerful figures like Serena Williams and Madam CJ Walker. Join us at 3pm for an especially family-friendly event or at 7.30pm.

We also want to hear from you and there will be an open mic session as part of each event, giving you the opportunity to share anything important to you about this wonderful month. Whether it be poems, songs or spoken word, we want to see it all!

The events are free but spaces are limited so please book in advance. These events are supported by Southwark Council’s Black History Month Fund.


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Theatre

Pursuit of Happiness

 

Date
Wednesday 3 November
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£ PWYC (£1 - £8)
Online booking
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Sound Design
Jonah Ferguson & Ruby Kearney

“How selfish is Happiness? Extremely. That’s why you should pursue it” - India Smith.

Pursuit of Happiness is a patchwork journey into the ‘feminine’, on a quest to achieve personal happiness.

Through mixed media and physical theatre, 3/hers explores the feminine pursuit of happiness as seen in classical texts, contrasting this with what this quest means for women from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

3/hers is a female/nonbinary performance collective focused on the stories and experiences of those who identify with womanhood and the feminine. The residency at Blue Elephant allowed the collective to further develop this piece of work, researching what the pursuit of happiness means to them personally and how other women/people who identify with the female experience have pursued their own happiness. The collective developed a show that evolved from existing material to achieve a more worldly understanding of what happiness means to women, and to reclaim female knowledge and the history of sacrifices that some women have made on the journey to happiness.

Pursuit of Happiness is approximately 30 minutes long and there will be a Q&A afterwards.

Pursuit of Happiness was originally created as a dissertation piece at Rose Bruford College.


Cast
India Smith, Princess Bestman & Ruby Kearney

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Theatre

Swedish

 

Dates
Friday 5 November - Saturday 6 November
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Friday and Saturday
Ticket price
£10.00
£9.00 (concessions)
£8.00 (southwark residents)
£9.00 (Earlybird - available until October 30th)
Online booking
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To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.


Man makes a plan and God laughs.

One more heist to set them up for retirement - it all seems too easy or does it? With the payout of a lifetime at stake, Butlins Bill and Frenchie risk everything in the hope of a peaceful future. But will they be thwarted by dodgy prawns, nosey neighbours and rival crime gangs?

Brian Beaton’s new black comedy Swedish tells a story of friendship, money and unfulfilled dreams. South London actor Billy Colvill and poet John Smallshaw team up as the hapless crime duo Butlins Bill and French Face Frenchie to provide a tour de force in character comedy.

Swedish is the second play from writer/director Brian Beaton, a long-time member of Blue Elephant’s Writers’ Group. This absurd comedy will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart.

“Swedish entertains from the get go, tapping into the absurd...a surrealist, imaginative evening” Theatre Full Stop

Earlybird tickets available until 30th October.


Writer and Director
Brian Beaton
Sound and Lighting Designer
Chris Winter
Cast
Billy Colvill, John Smallshaw, Isabel Melim, Hugo Linton, Kim Maouhoub, Brian Beaton.
Theatre

Elephantology Monologue Showcase Night

 

Dates
Thursday 11 November - Friday 26 November
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Thursday and Friday
Online booking
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Elephantology is Blue Elephant Theatre’s Festival for recent graduates and those who are just entering the performing arts industry.

We're hosting two evenings on Thursday 11th and Friday 26th November showcasing monologues that were created during training that didn't get to be performed because of the lockdown, or which have a life beyond their final performance.

Expect a variety of performances from the best new performers entering the performing arts industry. Tickets are FREE but booking in advance is recommended.

Generously supported by the Idlewild Trust.


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Loud

 

Dates
Thursday 18 November - Friday 19 November
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Thursday and Friday
Ticket price
£6.00
£4.00 (concessions)
£4.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking
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To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.


Loud is a product of experience, a comedy musical about growing up as a female in our current society. It’s like our diaries being put on stage for all to hear! The show works on breaking down the so-called ‘ladylike’ boundaries, and nothing is off limits. Milestone by milestone, the audience revisits various stages of life, as told through relatable and funny songs.

With all-original music, SEEDS Productions uses the female voice to talk about growing up and everything a woman isn’t meant to talk about…The stories are told in a fun and interactive way, for all to enjoy!

SEEDS Productions is formed of two best friends, Lillie Seeds and Angharad Griffiths. They met at Rose Bruford Drama School where three years of singing, creating, and clowning around together culminated in this, their debut show Loud. In the last year they have also begun development on a musical/stand-up show Don’t Overyract.

Loud is approximately 30 minutes long.

Special thanks for all involvement, help & support:
Imogen Khan
Dr Pheobe Patey- Ferguson
Amy Seymour
Eddie Stocker
Dr Luis Campos
Catherine Birmingham


Created by
SEEDS Productions
Cast
Lillie Seeds and Angharad Griffiths

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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!

Theatre

Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

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Adapted with kind permission from the Bodleian Library's 1942 publication of the same name, Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain had a fully booked work in progress performance at the Blue Elephant before going on to tour nationally and internationally with sell-out runs in London and New York.

Fol Espoir have chosen to share this live performance to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. It can be seen here.

Fol Espoir has asked those who enjoy the video to please consider donating to Hospice UK's Covid-19 Crisis Appeal – helping to provide desperately needed support for patients, families and frontline hospice staff during this difficult time.

Live performance filmed by Chloe Plumb at the Clapham Omnibus, London.

Written by Dan March, Jim Millard, Matt Sheahan and John Walton
Directed and Produced by John Walton
Performed by Dan March, Jim Millard, Matt Sheahan, aka The Real MacGuffins


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