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Past programme

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



Thursday 27 September 2012

A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London's most exciting artists across the arts. Physical theatre, dance, music, storytelling... A Blue Elephant season in one evening!

You and Me

Little Soldier Productions presents a rose tinted window into the lives of two elderly sisters who have spent their entire existence together and now face their final years cut-off and isolated from the world. Sharing fantasies, memories, anxieties and fears, we see how this couple cope with an ever‐changing reality and cling on, in very different ways, to what they know as home. Performed by two Spanish Actresses, it directly draws from their own roots, cultural identities and languages. Adapted from an absurd text, You and Me is underscored by music, movement sequences and physical comedy.

Writer: Roger Simeon
Performers: Merce Ribot and Patricia Rodriguez
Director: Bryony Shanahan

You and Me Website

Rob Marr

South Londoner Rob Marr has headlined gigs at the Roundhouse and Ronnie Scott’s, been supported by The Noisettes’ Jamie Morrison on drums and Gorillaz’ Al Mobbs on bass & had airplay on BBC 6 Music from both Cerys Matthews & Tom Robinson. His lyrics feature kitchen-sick narratives & eccentric takes on day-to-day life in the world’s most exciting city, inspired by the writers Raymond Carver and Annie Proulx. His music is a mixture of classical piano, hip hop, blues and soul, hymns & Britpop. His aim is to play every county in England and every country in Europe before the UK devolves and the Euro collapses.

Rob Marr Website

Me, Myself and I

Set to haunting music created by composer Sarah Sarhandi and atmospheric lighting by Antony Hateley, Threads Dance Company present scenes from ‘Me, Myself and I’ exploring the notion of being alone. Firstly as the solitary, lonely figure. Secondly craving solitude, whilst being hounded by thoughts and people. And lastly to be contentedly alone, even within a crowd of people. Choreographed by Elizabeth Peck, this solo reaches into the depths of loneliness examining the conflict of despair and hope it stirs within.

Concept and Collaboration: Sarah Sarhandi and Elizabeth Peck
Choreography: Elizabeth Peck
Music and Viola performance: Sarah Sarhandi
Ney: Jan Hendrickse
Lighting: Antony Hateley
Dancer: Elizabeth Peck

Threads Dance Company Website


Everything I Own presents one man's journey through Napoleon's wars.

Rémy is French, lives in a prison cell, and isn't quite sure how old he is. He's good at gardening and once tried to somersault off the back of a galloping horse. Best of all Rémy tells stories; stories of foolish kings and tiny emperors, bouncing bullets and shapeshifting circus girls. Anything can happen in a war, after all. Don't believe him? You will.

Created and performed by: Claire Gaydon

Everything I Own Website


How much are we able to stop an accident from happening? When do the rules that are created to protect us start to prevent us from functioning? This new piece by Energinmotion Theatre Company explores Health and Safety policies and how they could affect our private lives.

Using highly skilled movement work combined with text, the company aims to highlight an area of our world that is both dark and comic by turns.

Created by: Energinmotion Theatre Company

Energinmotion Website

Boy in Darkness

The Blue Elephant continues its association with celebrated writer Mervyn Peake with a one-man adaptation of 'Boy in Darkness', one of only two novellas he wrote. Storyteller Gareth Murphy brings Peake's unique imagery and vivid language to the stage in this unnerving episode of Gormenghast hero Titus Groan's teenage years.

Written by: Mervyn Peake
Performed by: Gareth Murphy


The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You


Image concept by Tess Chappell

Tuesday 19 June 2012 - Saturday 7 July 2012
Tweet Tuesday
26 June

"We are about to embark on ’Us’. From here on out, all we do, see, hear, taste, smell, and touch will be Us. Different parts of and points in Us. This will not be a direct flight."

Two men share their timeless love story via moments alternately charming, childish and churlish. Join A & B in a funny, quirky piece of physical theatre full of fantastical adventures.

Told using only playful storytelling and a suitcase of props...

"Our final destination is Final Destination Unknown. Estimated arrival time: we'll know when we get there".

Tweet Tuesday on the 26th of June: The one show when you won't have to put away your mobile! Join us for a special performance when you'll have the freedom to live-tweet your reactions to the play as it happens. This is a unique opportunity to engage with the performance and your fellow audience members.

You can keep you up to date with all the goings on direct from the rehearsal room on Justen’s blog:

The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You Blog


Review in What’s on Stage

Review in UK Theatre Magazine

Justen Bennett
Lighting Designer
Karl Oskar Sørdal
James E Anderson
Fight Director
Ronin Traynor
Movement Director
David Ralfe
Trailer-Maker & Publicity Photographer
James Byrne
Ryan Wichert & Max Wilson (Voice Over Paula James)

Supported by

  • The Arts Council England
  • Pride London


by Jennifer Stokes
Tuesday 19 June 2012 - Saturday 7 July 2012

The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being with You plays with ideas of established gender. Written so that A & B can be either gender, it is only in performance that gender is embodied. It will be accompanied by ID=Y?, a video installation by Jennifer Stokes, which suggests that it is within the performativity of everyday life that a person's gender identity and gender expression reveals itself.

ID=Y? aims to create a real representation of androgynous performativity of women in the UK; reminiscent of the punk DIY film-making of the Riot Grrrl movement. It features self-identified androgynous women that have represented and expressed their gender performativity for camera using a variety of art forms. It also prompts its viewers to question their own understanding and acceptance of the androgynous, gender identities that form part of our society today.


Machines for Living

Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Saturday 16 June 2012


Review in The Stage

Review in Entertainment Focus

Review in UK Theatre Net

Review in Morning Star

Christina Hardinge
Lighting Designer
Ralph Stokeld
India Banks, Frode Gjerløw, Nicole Pschetz & David Ralfe.


“overflowing with bravura and promise” On Let Slip's debut show Hamster Town

Fringe Review

“a character of literary worth by a theatre-maker I’ll be looking out for in the future” On Let Slip's debut show Hamster Town



Travels in Architecture

Tuesday 22 May 2012 - Saturday 16 June 2012

Travels in Architecture. Great or even modest buildings are like a string of jewels connecting the world, history and peoples.

Artist Suzie Balazs exhibits a selection of pastels and watercolours depicting buildings she has seen travelling around Britain and the world, providing a counterbalance to Machines for Living's bleaker exploration of architecture and its impact. It is a celebration of interesting and beautiful buildings and the feelings of community they can evoke.

There will be a private view of this work on Monday 28th of May from 6 to 8pm.


Wine Games: Music and Dance

by Joe Stevens
Tuesday 17 April 2012 - Saturday 19 May 2012

What happens when certain laws are simulated and certain other laws are no longer simulated? For Wine Games: Music and Wine Games: Dance Joe Stevens has constructed sequences using a program that generates music and dance respectively as determined by the random arrangement of colours in packets of Wine Gums. Audience members are invited to interpret the sequences using the props available.

The practice of Joe Stevens concerns the language of new media. This could be described as being a new form of literacy encapsulating the areas of systems, play and design. A graduate of the Contemporary Arts BA course at Nottingham Trent University and the Interactive Media MA at Goldsmiths University of London, Stevens works in performance, sculpture and installation. Methods have been developed through several residencies, including a six-month stay at the National Art Studio in South Korea, in addition to group exhibitions and a solo show in 2010.

There will be a private view of this work on Friday 11th of May from 6 to 8pm.


For How Much? / Underfoot


Thursday 10 May 2012 - Saturday 19 May 2012

For How Much

Faceless .... Distorted fingers reaching out to the skies... Spinning coins on the ground... Is this the cost of the goods we buy and consume? Is this the cost we do not have to pay?

Originally commissioned by the International Organisation for Migration U.K. (IOM) as part of their Buy Responsibly campaign, this dance theatre piece takes inspiration from the lives of the people who have worked under forced labour in India, Africa, South America and parts of Europe and from the sculptures by London-based artist May Ayres and her critique of consumerism and capitalism.


Underfoot is an intimate and sideways exploration of that which we share and stand on. Dwelling, shifting and zooming through structures and improvisation.

"The moment one gives up one's verticality, the first thing one discovers is that even the smoothest ground is not flat. The ground is grooved, cracked, cool, painful, hot, smelly, dirty." (Andre Lepecki)


Review in UK Theatre Net

Review in London

Annarita is misspelt and Lina Patterson is another dancer in For How Much (not Underfoot). Underfoot’s cast is just Katja Nyqvist

Choreographer - For How Much?
Annarita Mazzilli
Choreographer - Underfoot
Katja Nyqvist
Andy Higgs
Lighting Designer
Simon McCabe
For How Much? - Morena De Leonardis, Ester Escolano, Nacho Garcia Garoz, Arwen Hobday, Donovan Morris & Lina Pattersson Underfoot - Katja Nyqvist

ConcertTheatre - Sonata Movements

Live classical music and theatre side by side, in an exploration of the melancholy, joy and companionship of fragile human lives from beginning to end. The works of eight writers and composers interwoven to create a complete sonata, in a unique new performance style.

Tuesday 17 April 2012 - Saturday 5 May 2012

Exemplifying the possibilities of cross art form collaboration, ‘ConcertTheatre’ combines classical music and theatre to create a new performance experience for audiences with enhanced opportunities to make meaning from what’s onstage.

Sonata Movements pairs up four short pieces of theatre with four pieces of classical music structured in the form of a sonata. The four plays are linked by a common character of alienated relationships between people. A coherent performance will be created through characters, music, costumes and the performance space and it tells the journey of a musical sonata.

Article in Gramophone


Review in the Telegraph

Review in London Festival Fringe

Review in Exeunt Magazine

Review in One Stop Arts

Review in A Younger Theatre

Review in UK

Review in Dulwich on View

Review in Devil's Trill


Abortive Caryl Churchill (1938-) Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) Sonata D. 960 Mv. I (with adapted development)
Other People's Gardens Kenneth Emson (1983-) Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849) Nocturne Op.9 Nr.2 Ballade Op.38 Concerto Op.22, Mv.III
Portrait of a Lady T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) Sergei Prokofief (1891 - 1953)
Frederic Chopin
Sonata Op.28 Prelude in E Minor
Swan Song Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) Sonatas (Last Movements) Op.81a Op.53, Op.57 Op.31 Nr.3

Pianist and Music Designer:
An-Ting Chang
Jude Christian
Louis Carver
Designer Associate:
Gary Thorne
Lighting Designer
Sarah Louis McColgan
Graphic Design
Stacy Hsu
Mark Denham, Tiffany Wood, Mary Sheen, Darren Douglas-Letts, James Northcote, Joyce Greenaway, and Jonathan Newth


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Feature on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune'

The Women of Troy

After Euripides
by Lazarus Theatre Company

Fresh from winning the Best Artistic Director Award 2012 from Fringe Report, Ricky Dukes and his Lazarus Theatre Company brings to life this heartfelt, passionate & emotive play about human survival.

Tuesday 20 March 2012 - Saturday 14 April 2012
Wednesday matinees
4pm on the 4th & 11th of April

A world at war, a world ablaze and all its men savagely murdered, Hecuba, Queen of Troy is forced to stare into a world in which women are the spoils of war, a world full of pain, disease and persecution.

She must learn how to survive and give security, encouragement and joy to the very people who look to her as mother of the nation. From despair, an all-female ensemble moves towards hope and fortitude, through means of a dramatic fusion of text, movement and music.

You can keep you up to date with all the goings on direct from the rehearsal room and stage on their blog:

The Women of Troy Blog

Take a look at The Women of Troy in their rehearsals with these production shots by Adam Trigg

The Women of Troy Photo Gallery


Review in Big Q Reviews

Review in The Fringe Report

Review in Entertainment Focus

Director & Designer
Ricky Dukes
Movement Director
Julia Cave
Lighting Designer
Alex Musgrave
Costume Designer
Emily Stuart
Sound Designer
Nick Kent
Bobby Brook
Laila Alj, Gemma Beaton, Jaclyn Bradley, Alice Brown, Kerrian Burton, Rayanna Dibs, Lauren Garfitt, Jessica Hay, Jennifer Haynes, Neusha Milanian, Cate Myddleton-Evan, Ruth Petersen, Victoria Porter, Emma Jane Richards, Meriel Rosenkranz & Ina Marie Smith.


“Lazarus Theatre Company ... effectively conveys a sense of the epic ... which succeeds in making this 2,000 year old play feel fresh”.

WhatsOnStage on Hecuba

“Lazarus Theatre Company deserves every praise for staging classical and early modern drama with style and panache"

Kevin Quarmby, Big Q Reviews


The Fantasist

'The Fantasist' was presented at the Blue Elephant last year as a work-in-progress under the title 'Barbe Bleue'.

Tuesday 28 February 2012 - Saturday 17 March 2012

Alone in her room, Louise is desperate to fall asleep. A surprise visitor interrupts her and takes her on a strange journey - through excitement and creativity, horror and destruction - to the forbidden chamber of her own mind.

Theatre Témoin and Cie Traversière use an exciting blend of puppetry, object manipulation, physical theatre, and original music in this zany and sensitive exploration of bipolar disorder, shedding new light on a woman's internal struggle against the swirl of extreme moods.


Review in London Festival Fringe

Review in Scene.

Review in the Fringe Review

Review in UK Theatre Magazine

Review in Running in Heels

Review in What’s On Stage

Review in Dulwich on View

Ailin Conant
Puppet Director:
Robin Guiver
Puppets designed & made by:
Julia Yevnine and Katerina Damvoglou
Set design:
Daniel Moss & Giorgio Ritucci
Costume design:
Kirsten Fletcher
Lighting design:
Allan Ramsay
Julia Correa, Cat Gerrard & Julia Yevnine

Trumpety Trump: Noah's Ark

by Mervyn Peake, celebrated author of Gormenghast

Children's Theatre - For Adults Too!

Wednesday 30 November 2011 - Tuesday 20 December 2011
Age range
Suitable for ages 7 and above.
Post-show discussion
On Tuesday the 20th of December there was a post show discussion with the author's eldest son, Sebastian Peake.

All aboard! Escape the rain and join Captain Noah and his animals on the ark. Adventure awaits as they set sail. Will they reach land safely or will Vulture and his evil companions cry mutiny?

Join us for an imaginative and musical retelling of the Biblical story, never before seen on stage.

Review in In-Spirels Magazine

Review in The Stage

Review in A Younger Theatre

Review in UK

Directed & composed by
Mhairi Grealis
Musical Director & Co-Composer
James Boston
Set & Costume Designer
Mike Lees
Lighting Designer
Nick Kent
Lisette Foster
Movement Director
David Ralfe
Dougie Firth
Heather Johnson, Adam Langstaff, Barry McStay, Gareth Murphy, Lawrence O'Connor, Ceridwen Smith, Kath Perry, Claire Sharpe and Emily Wallis.

Don Carlos


Tuesday 1 November 2011 - Saturday 26 November 2011

Love, betrayal and revolution...

Often remarked upon as Schiller’s Hamlet, Lazarus Theatre Company visits one of the greatest of the classical European writers in this powerful, dramatic and rousing adaptation.

Betrayed by his own father, King Philip of Spain, Don Carlos is in love with Elizabeth, who through political advantage becomes his father’s wife and Queen. Their desperate love affair is played out against a Spain in the grasp of war, tangled in untruths, corruption and deceit. The revolution of the nation destroys the lovers and the very world they wish to create.

Through the use of text, movement and music, a large ensemble will create a world of passion, conflict and rebellion. Their love will change them, their lives and their kingdom forever.

Review in Extra Extra

Review in A Younger Theatre

Review in Running in Heels

Directed and Designed by
Ricky Dukes
Associate Director
Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Movement by
Ria Whitton and Ricky Dukes
Lighting by
Heather Doole
Costume by
Rebecca Mills
Sound Design
Nick Kent
Grace Wessels
Photography by
Adam Trigg Photography
Gemma Beaton, James Billington, Jonathan Blakeley, Alice Brown, Sherine Chalhie, Lewis Davidson, Robin Holden, Ángela Jiménez, Rosemary Lippard, Natalie Neagle, David Palmstrom, Douglas Rutter, Sarah Sparrow, Georgia Taylforth and Rachael Verkuil.



Tuesday 25 October 2011

A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London's most exciting artists across the arts. Puppetry, physical theatre, performance art... A Blue Elephant season in one evening!

The Thinker

The story of how the wounded ego must hide everything we believe that is unacceptable about ourselves. To fulfil this task the ego builds a mask to prove to others that we don't have so many defects. The play is depicted very creatively mixing the use of masks, shadow and rod puppets, object animation, physical theatre and art installation to create a magical and unique atmosphere.

Outside Puppets is an exciting new puppet company that produces high quality contemporary theatre based puppetry shows.

What You Risk

London 1936. Tensions are running high. Europe is inching closer to war and the home front is fraught. In East London pressure mounts as Oswald Mosley prepares his Fascist 'Blackshirts' to march on the immigrant population and show them they are not welcome. On October 4th, 250,000 people come together to defend the East End.

Using verbatim and historical accounts, Scrawny Cat Theatre Company brings to life the story behind the Battle of Cable Street. The lives of three women, from very different walks of life, become intertwined as the dramatic events of that day unfold, with unforgettable consequences.


Chips delves into the friendship of two young women who live for booze and sequined pants. Through witty observations and discerning movement, Chips exposes the less attractive side of Saturday's nightlife. Through wit, backchat and some drunken dancing, the Mustdashios draw on their cheeky northern unabashedness to take you on a journey in which they laugh, dance and possibly cry their way through an intoxicated friendship.

Machines for Living

There is functional and efficient performance, he claims, between artist and the hi-tech faith.

But this is Architecture.

Machines For Living is –

he wishes his buildings to try to explain.

'Let Slip' are a Lecoq-trained duo.

Machines for living have been given a full production at the Blue Elephant Theatre from Tuesday 22 of May to Saturday 16th of June 2012.

Tonight, with COD

A lady emerges from the shadow of the street. Inexplicably, COD stumbles upon a night of extravaganza in a desolate nightclub.

A change has been forced upon COD’s body due to unfortunate circumstances. What is he going to do? How is he going to deal with it? Can the lady lead him to where he wants to be?

It’s all confusing time for a cod like him especially with an unfamiliar emotion beginning to sprout within. Should he choose 'I' or should he choose 'Ai'*?

(* Ai - "love" in Japanese)



by Anna Gartsu Nova
Tuesday 27 September 2011 - Tuesday 25 October 2011

Solo exhibition of painting and installation work by this Russian artist exploring the stigma of mental illness.


Writers at Work: The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You

Writer / Director Justen Bennett

Rehearsed readings by the writers and directors of tomorrow

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Leaping between moments in time, from train cars to undersea exploits to low-tech laser tag, two people pull each other along an impulsive journey through memory, adventure, and a relationship on tenterhooks. These two men bend narrative to their whim, battling with lists, reconciling with biscuits, and running from a reality they can't decide to embrace or defy.

There are moments in life that everything is either before or after; The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You is about those.

Paula James, Fergal Philips and Colin Waitt.