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Past programme

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

Day-long Training Workshop with Theatre Re

External workshop run by Theatre Re

Date
Saturday 31 July

Come and get your Theatre Re fix!

In this practical workshop Guillaume Pigé (Theatre Re Director and RADA Associate Teacher) will provide an introduction to the company’s training and creative process, as well as how we collaborate with performers to devise Theatre Re’s work. Punctuated by games, ensemble work, technique, repertoire and improvisation, this workshop will support professional, semi-professional, recent graduates and performers-in-training in developing their skills and creativity in an open, playful and generous environment.

Everyone is welcome and no previous experience of Corporeal Mime is required to join, only your professionalism, curiosity and playfulness.

Workshop details

The session will run from 10am to 5pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) and will take place at Blue Elephant Theatre in London.

Session costs £60 (£50 concessions) for the day.
Concessions are available to full-time students, those aged under 18, senior citizen, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU and people with registered disabilities.

This workshop will be signed and will be accessible to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing artists who use British Sign Language.

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Any questions and for more information please get in touch by email, or register your interest with Blue Elephant Theatre by calling 020 7701 0100

About Theatre Re:
Theatre Re excels at transforming small, intimate stories into whirling, viscerally physical extravagance.” What’s On Stage

Established as a professional ensemble in 2011, Theatre Re is one of the UK’s leading visual theatre companies. It has garnered a national and international reputation for creating world-class, deeply moving, and visually striking poetic theatre.

The company’s name comes from the prefix re and symbolises its guiding principles: to rediscover, to reinvent and to reveal. Rooted in Etienne Decroux's Corporeal Mime, productions use movement, music and design to tell stories. Our work crosses disciplines, with past projects taking inspiration from science, philosophy, psychology, public health and education to address global human challenges, bring people together and develop empathy with strength and delicacy. Collaborations with community organisations throughout the creation process are central to the company’s work.

The company is led by artistic director Guillaume Pigé with Alex Judd, Katherine Graham and Eygló Belafonte as associate artists. They are supported by a core group of long-standing collaborators.

Theatre Re is currently an @Home company at The Point, Eastleigh (until 2022) and has previously been an associate company at South Hill Park in Bracknell and Greenwich Theatre.


Family

Playing Up!

 

Dates
Sunday 16 May - Wednesday 30 June

Playing Up is a new series of drama workshops for children aged 1-3 and their adults.

These workshops use drama, singing, music, moving and props to explore creative play at home.

Pre-recorded workshops to watch anytime:

Workshop 1 - Hide and Speak

This workshop encourages both adults and children to act, sing and dance whilst going on a journey together through a forest. Children will be learning about their bodies and discovering their voices with their favourite teacher... you!

Workshop 2 - Music and Movement

This workshop encourages both adults and children to use music and sound to inspire actions and movements. Children will be singing songs, playing games and learning about the weather.

Workshop 3 - Feelings Friend

A new workshop encouraging children and adults to think about emotions and how they are expressed.

This series of workshops were created by Blue Elephant Theatre with the generous support of Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund and Team London Bridge.


Dance

Elefeet on Film

 

Dates
Monday 10 May - Sunday 23 May

Elefeet on Film is a dance film festival celebrating the power of dance and the strength and creativity of dancers. Over two weeks, we will be sharing nine short films on social media, selected for inclusion in the festival after an open call-out. From May 22nd, all the films will be available to watch together on YouTube and in future we will screen them at the Blue Elephant.

These films offer glimpses into other worlds, emotions and experiences, often grappling with compelling questions and situations. We are very excited to be sharing them!

The festival includes:

Tulips for Polly - Katie Serridge & Polly Constance
Neat and Tidy - Tmesis Theatre
Knowing Togetherness- SLiDE Dance
3Billion - Overdrive Dance Company
Fallen Star - Tmesis Theatre
Waiting for Color - Kosta Karakashyan
Panopticon - Piers Foley & Dave Finebery (directors) & Amy Swalwell (choreographer)
Lighten Up Mate - Kane John Mills
Acceptance - Piedad Albarracin Seiquer


Theatre

Obscenities

 

Dates
Saturday 24 April - Sunday 25 April

A comic mini-series following various South London women as they battle workmates, musical divas and their own bodily functions in the pursuit of their ultimate ambitions. This warts-and-all mini-series examines life now, with hopes & dreams unblemished.

Critically-acclaimed theatre company Theatrical Niche Ltd have toured nationally and internationally since 2012.

This marks their first collaboration with Director Will Nash creating film in lieu of live theatre, and is supported by Arts Council England.

Running Time: Approx 30 mins
Age Guidance: 15 (Swearing, Mature Themes)

Available to watch until 11.59pm on April 25th


Creative workshops for young refugees and migrants

 

Date
Friday 26 March

Blue Elephant Theatre's ReAct Youth Theatre's workshops for young refugees and migrants!

Aimed at refugees and migrants aged 13-18 years old, these are fun and creative workshops playing games, developing English language skills, meeting new people and learning from each other.

Workshops take place on Zoom on Fridays between 5pm - 6.30pm on these dates:

Friday 5th February
Friday 12th February
Friday 26th February

Friday 5th March
Friday 12th March
Friday 19th March
Friday 26th March

For more information or to join, please email francesca@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk or call 07957 309001 (please leave a message if you do not get to speak to someone, and we will call you back).


Journaling Workshop for Theatre Makers

 

Date
Tuesday 9 March

Feeling under-motivated or lacking in energy when it comes to your creative practice?

This workshop is designed to spark creativity around theatre making in a relaxed and unpressurised way. The workshop will mix written and artistic activities encouraging creative thinking and imagination to support the ideas you may have for your work and inspire new ones.

No experience necessary. You will need a journal or notebook but even some sheets of paper will work. Any art materials that you have are helpful for example, paints, colouring pencils, old magazines or newspapers and a glue stick. However, you’ll be encouraged to use whatever you have, whether that be a pencil or a pen, you can still take part. The workshop will take place via zoom and a link will be sent ahead of the event.

Following the workshop there will be a set of prompts sent out to participants over the course of the month, to continue the journaling journey. We’ll check in at the end, via email to share and reflect on any discoveries.


Drama with Headway and Blue Elephant

 

Date
Thursday 4 March

Blue Elephant Theatre and Headway SELNWK are partnering to deliver online drama workshops to people in South East London or North West Kent with acquired head injuries and their carers and keyworkers.

The workshops will take place on Zoom on Thursday afternoons (3pm - 4.45pm) from March 4th for twelve weeks.

Free to sign up, please register your interest before March 3rd.


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Arts Council England Project Grants Discussion Group

 

Date
Tuesday 23 February

Primarily designed for those who have applied for National Lottery Project Grants before either successfully or not, to discuss the process, share tips and ask questions.

Facilitated by Blue Elephant Theatre who will offer prompts and kick start discussion, this is a friendly informal space to explore the application process, help others and gain confidence yourself.

Blue Elephant Theatre supports emerging and early career artists, and has a strong track record on successfully advising on project grant applications.
The event will last approx 1hr and will take place on zoom. Spaces are free but limited, so book ahead to secure a space.


Family

The Story of Little Snow

 

Dates
Friday 8 January - Friday 15 January

A Blue Elephant Christmas Show with a difference!

Pixies are never seen, but are always busy making the seasons change around us – they make the leaves turn brown and crispy, paint the patterns onto butterfly wings and fill fields with colourful flowers.

Little Snow is the pixie who plants snowdrops, but she thinks her job is rubbish. Nobody seems to understand her and she feels like she’s unimportant, so one night she runs off to have her own adventure.

A “documentary” about discovering self-worth and self-acceptance, with more than a pinch of pixie dust and a cast of colourful characters make this a festive treat for the family. Anyone who would normally come to watch a Christmas show at the Blue Elephant, or perform in their own, may spot some familiar sights and faces....

The Story of Little Snow is a mini-adventure on film, which is free to watch online.


Written and Directed by
Jo Sadler-Lovett
Performed by
Lilian Tsang
Filmed and edited by
Kome Ovuworie

Tea & Chat: Lockdown Check-In

 

Date
Friday 8 January

2021 has not started out as well as we’d hoped and we wanted to take a moment to check-in, have a chat and bring people together.

This online chat is primarily for emerging performance-makers to talk about what feels possible, impossible, inspiring, depressing and overwhelming for us at the moment. However, anyone who feels they may benefit from joining is welcome and some of the Blue Elephant Team will be there to chat and provide a supportive ear.

As a virtual event, this will be taking place on Zoom (please provide your own tea....!). Spaces are free but limited, so book ahead to secure a space here.


Train in Work Taster Sessions

 

Dates
Wednesday 25 November 2020 - Thursday 26 November 2020

Are you interested in learning to run drama sessions with young people?

Blue Elephant Theatre are delighted to once again be running their successful Train in Work programme. A training and work project designed for 18-24 years olds which will introduce participants to the world of arts facilitation and give them experience running sessions with young people. We’re looking to recruit trainees who are not in Employment, Education or Training or are at risk of becoming so and/or who face other barriers to working in the arts.

This 1.5 hour online session offers a taste of the project, discussing what the role of a drama facilitator is and the skills and benefits that can be gained from drama. We will introduce drama activities, ice breakers and activities to promote concentration and self-expression, all of which you’ll learn to run yourself through the Train-In-Work programme.

There will be two sessions; one on Wednesday 25th November from 3pm - 4.30pm and one on Thursday 26th November from 2pm - 2.30pm.

*Applications are open for the full programme and details can found here although more information about this will be given at the taster.

Please book below via Tickets Ignite and we will send out the link before the sessions. Please use the tab button if you have difficulty accessing fields or you can book directly through this link.


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Celebrating Black Voices

 

Dates
Thursday 1 October 2020 - Thursday 19 November 2020

Five short monologues have been written specially for Blue Elephant Theatre for Black History Month 2020. These monologues by Sandra Brown Springer, Elizabeth Adejimi, Angela Mhlanga, Saana Sze, Olu Alakija are inspired by Black people of past and present and intended to introduce young people to heroes they may not have heard of previously.

The monologues focus on Mary Prince, the first woman to have her account of slavery published in Britain, Mary Seacole, who nursed men on the battlefield of the Crimea, Madam CJ Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in America, Claudia Jones, activist and a founder of Notting Hill Carnival, and legendary tennis player Serena Williams.

The monologues are being recorded as rehearsed readings by Sharla Smith, Romy Foster and Amelia Parillon. They are available to view here or click on the links below for the individual recordings.

Mary Seacole by Sandra Brown Springer
Claudia Jones by Saana Sze
Mary Prince by Olu Alakija
Serena Williams by Angela Mhlanga
Madam CJ Walker by Elizabeth Adejimi

Audio only versions:
Claudia Jones (Audio Version) by Saana Sze
Mary Prince (Audio Version) by Olu Alakija
Madam CJ Walker (Audio Version) by Elizabeth Adejimi

This work is funded by Southwark’s Black History Month Fund, with further support from Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund.


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Family

A Bonfire Night Workshop

 

Date
Sunday 8 November 2020

Remember, Remember..... goes the old rhyme but how well do you know the story of Guy Fawkes?

Join Further Theatre’s Ollie Yellop for a fun interactive storytelling workshop on The Gunpowder Treason and Plot. Learn the gruesome details of Guy’s fate and then use your imagination to tell the story in your own words.

Ollie Yellop regularly works with the Blue Elephant on workshops and shows, most prolifically as the character Cow. These one-hour online workshops jump into the history behind Bonfire Night and are aimed at children aged 7 - 11. Children taking part should have a pen/pencil and paper with them.

The workshops are free and will take place via Zoom.


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Family

Celebrating Black Voices - Heroes Drama Workshop

 

Date
Saturday 31 October 2020

This Black History Month, we are celebrating Black voices and Black heroes.

Alongside the five monologues we commissioned about inspirational Black people, we are running online drama workshops for ages 7 - 10 to explore what we think makes a hero and learn a little more about Black people who have made a big difference.

These free hour-long workshops are supported by Southwark's Black History Month Fund. They will take place via Zoom and the link will be sent out before the workshops; children under 16 should not have Zoom accounts and should use an adult's or log on as a guest if possible. We will send out guidelines around the use of Zoom and our own safeguarding measures to those who book.

These workshops were originally planned for October 27th and then postponed to October 31st.

You can watch the monologues inspiring the workshops here:


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Drama Workshops with Literacy and Numeracy skills

 

Date
Monday 26 October 2020

Join Blue Elephant Theatre for some drama activities with a focus on literacy and numeracy for 7 - 10-year-olds.

These online sessions will reinforce numeracy and literacy topics this age group covers in school, exploring them in a creative manner, full of fun and games.

11am - Drama with Literacy skills

We'll be exploring different ways of writing and different topics through games, storytelling and drama.

2pm - Drama with Numeracy skills

Number games and creative activities will allow us to explore different topics such as problem-solving, reasoning and other numerical skills.

Workshops are FREE, and you can book for just one or both.

These are trial workshops and we may run more after half-term. They will take place via Zoom and the link will be sent out before the workshops; children under 16 should not have Zoom accounts and should use an adult's or log on as a guest if possible. We will send out guidelines around the use of Zoom and our own safeguarding measures to those who book.


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