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Past programme

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Dance

TRY|TRYING|TRIED

Dates
Friday 8 March - Saturday 9 March

What do we choose to share? How do we disguise our vulnerability?

Delving into human relationships, TRY|TRYING|TRIED is a captivating journey of two people who share meetings, smiles, and a desire to just be.

Created and performed by Shelley Owen and Josh Slater, this duet explores the places we have been, the conversations we have, and the vulnerability we feel. Constant choices are made about who and what we present, in what moment.

Shelley Owen is a performance artist, creating and touring dance and interdisciplinary work. A researcher with WHAT IIIF?, she also leads workshops focusing on instant composition and interdisciplinary performance practice.

Josh Slater is a contemporary dance artist, theatre maker and director of enCompass Collective. Creating and touring performance works, he is also Lecturer in Dance, Theatre & Performance at Plymouth Conservatoire.

Audience Feedback for TRY|TRYING|TRIED:

"A thoroughly enjoyable experience"
“Consummate performers relish in overt comedy, sensitivity and engaging storytelling”
“TRY|TRYING|TRIED reveals a series of emotive passages with a strong and captivating movement dialogue throughout the performance”

TRY|TRYING|TRIED by Shelley Owen & Josh Slater (trailer) from Shelley Owen on Vimeo.


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Theatre

The Balancing Act

 

Date
Tuesday 5 March

Join us at Blue Elephant Theatre in supporting emerging talent and to celebrate the achievements of Women Internationally. The Balancing Act will be a night of brand new works in progress, diversity and acts that will leave you wanting to take action against gender inequality! #balanceforbetter

You can book tickets via this link:
https://thebalancingactscratch.eventbrite.co.uk

Traces, Threads and Surfaces

The newly formed ReRooted Dance Collective present a series of excerpts informed by three distinct Indian classical dance forms (bharatanatyam, odissi and kathak) from their upcoming evening of original work, inspired by the nature of lines as contextualised by Professor of Anthropology, Tim Ingolds' article, 'Transformation of the Line: Traces, Threads and Surfaces'.

These excerpts form part of six solos that will be presented at The Bhavan on April 5th.

Devising a novel collaborative approach, the UK-based dancers, Shivaangee Agrawal, Swati Seshadri (bharatanatyam), Elena Catalano, Pallavi Vijay (odissi), Meera Patel and Parbati Chaudhury (kathak), acknowledge their connections to a rich dance heritage as they carve out an independent space nurturing exploration and excellence in the creation of original work.

ReRooted Dance Collective would like to thank Arts Council England and The Bhavan for believing in them.

11.10.18 by Ells Mac

Ells Mac is a frank, funny and relatable woman who hails from North London. She has a definite ‘edge’ to her, and this edge translates into her authentic and heartfelt lyrics to create a sound she likes to call Soulful Stress.

11.10.18 is her first official single. She says "it explains a relationship I was once in. Explains the emotions I went through and decisions I had to make. Many females go through this, and I decided to write about it."

Age guidance: 18+

Embracing Shadows

Embracing Shadows is a one woman show by Beatrice Mori which is divided into two parts: the first one is a conceptual deep journey that explores and analyses the relationship between our true self, the one not influenced by society, and the negative voices that often try to diminish our light by whispering things like “You’re not enough” “Just give up” “You can’t make it” etc.

Embracing Shadows focuses on how to face such negativity in the best way possible, through the powerful and cathartic function of art. For this reason, the second part of the show is dedicated to a conceptual photography/painting exhibition from visual creatives who, thanks to their artistic effort, overcame their own darkness. Shadows can be the keys to open the door for our brightest light. Sometimes it’s all about changing perspective.

Created and performed by Beatrice Mori
Live music by Alex Carli

Artistic works projected during the performance by:
Thomas Sloan Drawer and Cartoonist
Ylenia Marghereci Photographer
Alessia Francesca Muoio Photographer
Valerie Traversa Painter

LEGS

LEGS. A comedy about female legs. Where are they going? Where do they come from? What do they stand for? Come and find out. It’s deeply political and empowering to have fun with legs.

Written and performed by Julia Masli

Julia Masli is a London based actor and clown. Since graduating from Ecole Philippe Gaulier, she has performed a one-woman show, “Radiator” at Rooted Moon Festival and the Camden fringe. She has toured the country in a two hanger show, “White Feather Boxer” and regularly performed in the London Science Museum.

Balancing on the tight rope of stigma

"The Catwalk4power collective is a group of creative women formed by a community-building initiative, led by Positively UK women and Act Up London Women. We use workshops and performance to empower women living with HIV, to show we are amazing, strong and resilient. As we create together, we grow together and amplify the visibility of women, this combats the stigma we often encounter and increases awareness in our communities"

New material written and performed by Catwalk4Power
Age guidance: 18+


Theatre

Nothing to Fear

Performed by Ben Ecclestone

Dates
Friday 1 March - Saturday 2 March

Around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today. In 1995, it was less than 1%.

Nothing to Fear is a collaboration between technology and the human voice. Throughout, Benjamin explores our relentless relationship with the internet and why taking ownership of our data is now more important than ever.

Part gig, part lecture, with a blend of beatboxing and experimental vocals Benjamin gives us an important lesson on the repercussions of how much we share online. Both willing and unwilling.

BEN ECCLESTONE / NOTHING TO FEAR PROMO from On These Isles on Vimeo.


Lighting Designer
Edward Scragg
Videographer
Alfred Ashby
Special thanks
Molly Hemsley
Cast
Ben Ecclestone (Sound Artist, Theatre Maker, Performer)

Supported by

  • Theatre Deli
Family

Cow and Chicken: Careers Day

 

Dates
Friday 22 February - Monday 25 February

Cow and Chicken from Baa Humbug! return to talk to children about what they want to be when they grow up. Should they be pilots, doctors…or unicorns?

Please note these showings are at venues near Elephant and Castle and not at the Blue Elephant.

Golazio, 59 Camberwell Rd, London SE5 0EZ
Friday Feb 22nd at 3pm & 4.30pm

Moving Pictures Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
Saturday Feb 23rd at 11.15am & 2.15pm

UAL Studio, Third Floor, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, New Kent Rd, SE1 6TE
Monday Feb 25th at 3.45pm & 5pm

Tickets are FREE but advance booking is advised to guarantee your space. Tickets can be booked here


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Theatre

A Right Mess of a Fundraiser

 

Date
Friday 1 February

Forget dull, dreary February days...

Right Mess Theatre are here to bring you an evening of Cabaret splendour as they raise funds to bring their new show Alcatraz to New Horizon Youth Centre for homeless young people. You can find out more about New Horizon and the work they do here.

The line up includes Elf Lyons, Hannah Maxwell, Kayla MacQuarrie, Emily Howarth, Ema Boswood & Ellie Westbrook.

Alcatraz by Nathan Lucky Wood is a thrilling play about family and social care that follows Sandy on her daring, Christmas mission to emulate Clint Eastwood and bust her gran out of lock-up. It will premiere at the Vault Festival 2019.


Family

Baa Humbug

 

Dates
Saturday 8 December 2018 - Saturday 15 December 2018

I don't need friends. I don't want friends. I'm perfectly fine all by myself, thank you very much.

Join a rambunctious group of farm animals on Christmas Eve as they celebrate the holiday season. The only problem is Humbug the Sheep won't join in. Humbug thinks it's a waste of time to have friends and play their silly games. But Humbug isn’t happy...

With the help of a wise old Farmer, a time-travelling tractor and a little bit of Christmas magic, Humbug the Sheep comes to see how important it is to have friends and to feel happy about new experiences.

Baa Humbug will captivate and entertain children aged 4+and their adults. As they join Humbug's journey of self-discovery, the audience will learn about recognising difficult emotions and how to react positively to them. Blue Elephant Theatre’s endearing and funny show encourages children and adults alike to celebrate the power of friendship, whilst singing, playing and having lots of fun.

Praise for previous Blue Elephant Theatre Family Shows:

“A first class production and I can’t imagine anybody leaving this show without a big smile plastered across his or her face.” A Younger Theatre on Noah’s Ark

“My four-year-old son and I loved this show. It was very sweet, yet never mawkish or overly childish, thanks to the writing and also to the dry wit of [the] narrator.” ★★★★ Female Arts on The Butterfly Lovers

The Christmas Magic hasn't ended for some of our farm animals. You can catch up with Cow and Chicken, who are still in the festive mood and insist on continuing their infamous dance routines well into the new year! Here they are performing' The Christmas'.


Reviews

'Baa Humbug is a creative, thoughtful and uplifting new piece of writing that will cheer even the grumpiest of people'

Views from the gods

**** 'The cast of four is truly fantastic; they play their roles of farm animals and a farmer with ease. They talk to the audience, getting us involved in the play, they muck about and have us dancing and rolling with laughter, all while ensuring the important, somber message rings true.'

Curious Mum

'A true delight. Filled with exuberance and interaction, the production most definitely serves as a remarkable piece of children’s entertainment.'

Days with Darnell

Writer & Director
Jo Sadler-Lovett
Costume Designer
Jacqui Livingston
Lighting Designer
Stuart Glover
Cast
Alice Sillett, Mark Nicholson, Oliver Yellop and Jonathan James

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Theatre

MISTLETOE AND TRY!

 

Scratch night

Date
Wednesday 5 December 2018

Blue Elephant Theatre presents a wonderful evening of exciting performances and Christmas games. Expect to see brand new works in progress and acts that'll make you laugh your socks off!
The age guidance for this event is 18+

You can book tickets via this link: https://mistletoe-and-try-scratch.eventbrite.co.uk

'MISTLETOE AND TRY!'

2018 Line Up:

Color Separation

At the heart of Color Separation is a couple contemplating an important decision… at a time when the world is connected in very revealing ways at the same time it’s divided along red and blue lines, and the meaning of “choice” takes on heavier and heavier implications. The dark comedy is a somewhat surreal look at what happens when we let people into our lives, time runs out, and we take what’s been given to us for granted.

Written by Jennie Webb
Performed by Actors Nicole Holly and Jose Palma

White Latina

A comedic solo performance about being half English and half Peruvian. Join Nina on her journey of feeling super Latina, but looking nothing like the stereotype.

Written and performed by Actress Nina Gabriela

Let’s not talk about sex

What’s it like to be a stripper? What’s it like to be sexually open (when a lot of people want you to keep your legs closed)? Why is there an obsession with porn, yet very little focus on the female orgasm? Carmen Ali aims to explore these topics, while telling honest true life stories about sex, stripping, and strap-ons.

Written and performed by Stand Up Comedian Carmen Ali

Broken English

A spoken word performance exploring the fusion between language and life.
Enjoy the wordplay, comedy & celebration of cultural diversity within a contemporary London lifestyle.

Written and performed by Emerging Artist Award winner and Poetry Slam Champion Jahmar Ngozi.

This show is part of a larger project that contemplates the variants of the English language from collective and individual perspective. From “cockney rhyming slang” to “patois”, “Queens English” to “insta slang”, how our dialect reflects, entertains, shapes and simply sounds.

Queensbridge

A contemporary and humorous script about three female friends from the sunny side of Shoreditch. This is the story of how they decided to become class A drug dealers.
Almost completely fictional!

Written by Jahmar Ngozi for PoetryHouse and performed by Danielle Allen, Shellbe Bowditch & Eliza Gillum.


Theatre

Let Me Shake Your Groove Thing

by Spilt Tea Collective
As Part of Elephantology Festival

Date
Friday 30 November 2018
Photo Credit
Benkin Photography

Many of us are searching for somewhere to belong in a world that seems hopeless.

Let Me Shake Your Groove Thing transports the audience to a surreal 1970’s disco, a place where anything is possible. The club is home to Disco Mama, charismatic drag queen and matriarch of the club, a mother to all who go there. She performs alongside her young protege, the troubled party girl Victoria Chitty Bang Bang. Together they create a place where anyone can dance.

At the disco we follow the journeys of characters who have been at the fringes of the dance floor: Frankie is trapped in the past and haunted by lost love. Tim uses disco to escape his anxiety and loneliness whilst Victoria has to decide if her loyalties lie with Disco Mama or with her own future.


Theatre

Solo Roulette

 

Dates
Tuesday 27 November 2018 - Thursday 29 November 2018

Solo Roulette is an evening of solo theatre works in progress, developed from the Solo Theatre Workshop at the Actor’s Centre run by Colin Watkeys.

The performances are supported by the Face to Face Solo Theatre Festival.

Deliver Me - Petra Haller

Deliver Me is an intimate insight into depression and a lost prayer. How can you find God when you have lost yourself? How will you make sense of the past, present and future when the world seems black and white?

Petra Haller is an independent dance artist based in London. Deliver Me is her first solo theatre production. Her previous performance credits include: Charlie: My Message to Humanity; Movement for Change; jump 2016; AIDA; The One Show, BBC1; Cirque du Soir; Louie Spence’s Show Business, sky1

After All - Michael Brazil

When his brother receives a terminal diagnosis, Matthew is asked for help with his care. As his brother’s health deteriorates, they pursue his wish to choose to end his life. This modern folk opera looks at the consequences of assisted dying and the profound effects it has on the people left behind.

Michael Brazil makes his debut as a writer with After All. Credits as an actor include UK Touring: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, South Pacific, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rocky Horror Show, plus West End: Me and my Girl, E’lisir d’amore, The Flying Dutchman, Marriage of Figaro. TV and film credits include: Chanel 4 Metrosexuality and Broken Wings (winner ‘Best Supporting Actor’ International Film Festival 2012).

An Evening with Blake Forder - Neil Linpow

The Blue Dolphin is proud to present you the opportunity to spend an evening with renowned television star Blake Forder. Best loved for his roles on Hollyoaks, Footballers' Wives, and Elderado, Blake has most recently been seen on Celebrity Space Cadets, The Farm (season 3), CelebAir, and this year’s season of Celebrity Rehab.
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to gain valuable tips on how to make it to the very top from a man who's been there and done it. Learn the secrets to a great on camera performance and how to charm casting directors and live audiences alike. A priceless opportunity for anyone looking to make a career in show business.

Neil Linpow has regularly appeared in both TV and film. He previously starred in the award winning 'War Games' for Universal Pictures and the psychological thriller 'Slumber' alongside Maggie Q and Sylvester McCoy. He is currently appearing in 'Eastenders' for BBC.

Passion on the Night Tube - Tony Tang

Have you found passion on the night tube? You will tonight. Gay, fat, Chinese, English. What do you do when you find you don’t fit in anywhere? Kill and hide in plain sight? A play in English and Cantonese.

Tony Tang is a performer and musician, and Passion on the Night Tube is his debut as a writer. Performing credits include; Bouncers, My Night with Reg. Film Includes: From Hell, Revolver, Blackbird, StagKnight TV Includes: Lucky Man, Strangers, Little Britain, The First Emperor.


Family

Land of Nod

by Moon on a Stick

Dates
Sunday 25 November 2018 - Monday 26 November 2018

Where do we really go when we fall asleep?

Join us as we fold into sleep and explore a dream world, created especially for you. A magical, multi-sensory production filled with laughter, audience interaction, surprises and song, designed especially for children aged 3+ and their families. This production blends puppetry, captivating storytelling and an enchanting musical score in this star-light adventure. A story of tiredness, over-tiredness, wonder and waking up.

Moon On A Stick create accessible theatre for families, combining puppetry, storytelling and live music. Supported by Arts Council England, we tour multi-sensory work to London and the regions. Our shows are specially designed to welcome anyone with autism, additional needs and other sensitivities, providing the opportunity for all the community to enjoy theatre together.

“Truly magical” - Bargain Theatreland
“Charming and engaging” - Everything Theatre


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Theatre

Him Indoors

 

Dates
Thursday 22 November 2018 - Saturday 24 November 2018

Want a trip somewhere a little different?

Come on down to Tittitutar town, where things are not quite right....it's something you can't put your finger on but one journalist is determined to get to the bottom of the town's peculiarities. Hearing about a strange lady who claims she has a small man squatting in her stomach, he heads up North to meet her and the rest of the town’s inhabitants.

An absurd and ridiculous comedy with a splash of horror, set in a strange town populated with oddbods, misfits and nosy-parkers.

★★★★★ 'It is one of those shows that I would describe as a work of genius without being able to pin down exactly why.’
Lynne Parker, Funny Women on Sonja Doubleday’s previous show Tittitutar Town


Written by:
Sonja Doubleday
Cast
Sonja Doubleday, Nina Atesh and Tiberius Chis
Dance

#nofilter

by ella&co

Date
Wednesday 21 November 2018

Avocado on toast. Cankle insecurity. Boomerang obsession.

It’s not easy being a millennial.

Journey through confessions of a millennial in the comedic and relevant #nofilter. A fast paced series of images, movement and dialogue ponder the curious and fantastical in millennial life. Bright, zesty and at times touchingly tender, #nofilter brings our performative online personas to the performative stage setting with just a small helping of kale.

Founded in 2017 by Ella Fleetwood, ella&co. creates work that is relevant, reflective and accessible to artsy and non-artsy folk alike. Ella’s work has recently been produced for the Nunhead Art Trail, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Southbank Centre.

“A bold and thoroughly engaging new work that pokes fun at the millennial generation and its self-obsessed culture…four likeable, quirky women made #nofilter lighthearted and enjoyable.”
Daisy Moorcroft, Resolution Review

“#nofilter by ella&co. is #fresh #humorous #cool, and a thoroughly entertaining end to the evening.”
Savannah Saunders, Resolution Review

Supported by Arts Council England, The Point, University of Chichester and Arts University Bournemouth

#nofilter promo from Ella Fleetwood on Vimeo.


Dancers:
Eva Escrich, Ella Fleetwood, Julia Jordan & Amy Morvell
Sound Designer:
Adrien Hollocou
Lighting Designer:
Marine Le Houezec

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Theatre

Whisper Me Happy Ever After

Date
Monday 19 November 2018

Who do you turn to when the story just won’t go the way you want it to?

Big brother Aaron’s great at making up adventures but Yasmin longs for happy ever afters like Mum used to tell... but Mum doesn’t have time anymore.

The play follows a family experiencing domestic abuse and explores the effects on the mental health of children who witness it. It is both humorous and disturbing.

The audience share lots of practical and emotional thinking about what they could do in a similar situation.
After the theatre piece, pupils interact with the characters and consider what they could have done to get the help they needed and deserved.

Subsequently, pupils can talk to our counsellor and team members to discuss personal issues raised by the play.

Face Front creates theatre that pioneers social change for an inclusive world. We use the transformational power of theatre to improve emotional well-being and address social injustice.
Face Front is led by disabled and non-disabled arts practitioners who make multi-layered theatre that is accessible to all.

"The varied groups of actors have always demonstrated high levels of performing excellence and an ability to engage with young audiences. This testifies to the rigorous training and support which Face Front invests in their actors and the dedication to the aims of inclusive theatre."
Audience review, Haringey Citizenship and Participation Manager


Written by:
Julie McNamara & Face Front Inclusive Theatre

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Theatre

For Only An Hour

Dates
Friday 16 November 2018 - Saturday 17 November 2018

Join us For Only An Hour, a queer manifesto told through dance, song, spoken word and performance art. Danced to a hilarious medley of Angela Lansbury, Delia Smith and Bette Midler, this one man romp is a pseudo-glamouress jaunt through pop culture, queer art, childhood dreams and life changing surgery. It speaks of the urge to survive through many things, by leaning into humour, openness, hard truths and visibility.

It demands a punishing vulnerability of the performer and is supported by a haunting music offering by Donna McKevitt, glittering queer garments by Andrew Walker, artistic mentoring by Wendy Houston and a unique improvised lighting design by Jen Wren.

SARDOVILLE are a ‘repertoire-esque’ theatre company which roughly translates as ‘Hold on to your knickers, anything could happen’. The company have worked together for a decade and delight in bringing stories that are moving, entertaining and perplexing.

Recommended for ages 16+, or 14+ with parental consent


Created and performed by
Phil Sanger
Image Credit:
Brian Slater
Theatre

Bright Raven!

and Friends
Presented by HOAX

Date
Thursday 15 November 2018

Bright Raven! is here. to. stir. some. sh*****t up. She’s starting a cult(ish) revolution and she wants YOU to sign your soul up. Blending dark clown and electronic music, Bright Raven! is a rallying whoo-up for these turbulent times.

HOAX's Flavia Bertram (Bright Raven!) is joined by the priestess of performance poetry Michelle Madsen, the cleric of comedy Vanessa Hammick, and the illustrious illustrator Eloise Carles to raise funds for Mission LifeForce's Earth Protectors Fund. 25% of ticket sales will go to Mission LifeForce's Earth Protectors Fund.

HOAX is a company of theatre makers. They specialise in provocative contemporary work and concrete piping. They blend text, physical theatre and comedy to give voice to social and ecological issues. They are very serious and very silly.

Bright Raven! is a theatre rite, blending mime, clown and electronic music being created by Flavia Bertram and Stephen Sobal (All In), with support from Sarah Fraser, Lawrence Kendrick and Anna-Helena McLean.

About Mission LifeForce:
Mission LifeForce is a growing international movement of legal Earth Protectors - people who care about protecting the Earth and who are signatories to a legal document, the Earth Protectors Trust Fund document. Your ticket will contribute to:
- Funding a law establishing ECOCIDE as an international crime- putting an end to state-sanctioned industrial immunity and safeguarding our Earth for future generations
- Empowering small, climate-vulnerable states who have the incentive - and the ability - to amend international law in this way (but not the funds)
- If you are an activist, gaining an additional legal defence in a court of law as a conscientious protector.

Bright Raven! and Friends is presented as a scratch performance.


Performers:
Flavia Bertram, Michelle Madsen, Vanessa Hammick and Eloise Carles
Director:
Stephen Sobal
Musical Director:
Anna-Helena McLean
Sound Design:
Lawrence Kendrick
Producer:
HOAX
Special thanks to
Sarah Fraser, Ayesha Tansey, Avninder Nanray

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