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Past programme

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

The Grumpiest Boy in the World

Trumpety Trump!

Sunday 13 October 2013
This show is now FULLY BOOKED
55 minutes

Paper Balloon present their magical new family show!

Grumpy seven-year-old Zachary is fed up with feeling average and journeys into a surreal and entrancing world to discover what makes him special.

A host of hilarious characters combine with award-winning writer Finegan Kruckemeyer’s sharp dialogue in this unique twist on an adventure tale.
Alternately hilarious and deeply moving, audiences both young and old will love joining the furious Zachary in his desperate quest to discover difference.


The Nightmare Dreamer

Tattooed Potato present – in sound, stillness and light; silence, motion and shadow – an exploration of the internal places we would rather not visit.

Tuesday 11 June 2013 - Saturday 29 June 2013
Post show discussions
18th and 25th of June

What happens when we give away our darkness?

Suppose you had nightmares, terrible nightmares, every night, night after night.

Exhausted and distraught, where could you turn for rest, for relief, for release?

Suppose there were someone who could dream your nightmares for you,

so you could have deep sleep and sweet dreams.

That someone is the Nightmare Dreamer.


4 Stars! "Imaginative, exciting and intelligent in equal measures..."

The Public Reviews

..."packed full of daring approaches, strong acting and bold imagery."

views from the gods

"The physical theatre incorporated into the piece lifts it to a higher level..."

Hackney Hive

"The cast were extremely impressive, without a doubt they made every second of this show a memorable one."

In Spirels Magazine

"This is fascinating and exciting physical theatre!"

UK Theatre Network

John Michael
Set Deisgner
Max Dorey
Sound Designer
Jon McLeod
Lighting Designer
Karl Oskar Sørdal
Costume Designer
Celeste White
Gerard Alvarez, Téo Ghil, Leonor Lemée, Txema Pérez, Fleur Poad, James Riccetto, & Louise Van der Post


Tuesday 11 June 2013 - Saturday 29 June 2013

The Extension of a Tag series represent developments of the artist’s graffiti street tag. The paintings evolve out of a process of layering, removing and reworking paint to find an inevitable form. The initial chaos of applying paint and the expressive flows that dominate the early stages of the work are simplified and the uncomfortable and disjointed shapes are dissolved, at least partly, to create stillness. SIX8ONE represents the total destruction of an individual reality. They are the numbers of the real-life bus that goes directly underground; a one way ticket to the asylum and a symbol of the descent into madness.

Andrew Pullan’s work explores identity issues by using empirical knowledge as an impetus for interdisciplinary practice. A graduate of the Contemporary Arts BA at Nottingham Trent University, Pullan works across the mediums of film, photography, painting and electronic music.


So It Goes


Thursday 6 June 2013 - Friday 7 June 2013
Tickets are now sold out for all performances of 'So It Goes' but if you wish to be added to the waiting list please email or call 0207 701 01 00

A wry, touching and visually poetic new play about bereavement.

Hannah’s father died of cancer when she was seventeen and in the seven years since, she hasn't talked about it much. Here she opens up, in a new show about memory, absence, bereavement... and how hard it is to talk about death.

So It Goes is a wry and beautiful re-telling of the true story of watching someone die and dealing with the aftermath. We are fascinated by the silence which death provokes, by the way grief creeps into our everyday lives and affects us even years after a death.

So It Goes is presented as a work-in-progress performance and feedback will be welcomed after each show.

Praise for Machines For Living:

“A terrifically directed, stylish piece” The Stage

“Glittering and sharp... brave new theatre” Edinburgh Guide

“Superbly tight... a great piece of physical theatre” The Skinny

Devising cast:
Hannah Moss & David Ralfe
Community arts


by B-Scene Theatre Company

Thursday 30 May 2013 - Saturday 1 June 2013
Tickets are now sold out for all performances of 'Ssshh!' but if you wish to be added to the waiting list please email Waiting List or call 0207 701 01 00

Who knows who will wander into the library today & what secrets they may share?

Set in a library, Ssshh! dips in and out of the imaginative world of the characters' minds to create a funny and moving performance, giving the audience an insight into what it feels like to live with mental health problems.

The B-Scene theatre company is a creative partnership between Blue Elephant Theatre participation department and ThreeC's, who work with adults who experience mental health issues.

There will be free refreshments and a chance to catch up with the company after the performance.

Jen Camillin
Dominic McHale
Alice Hoult

Supported by

  • Time to Change

The Knight of the Sorrowful Figure

Photograph by Alex Brenner

Tuesday 21 May 2013 - Saturday 25 May 2013
Post-show discussion:
Thursday 23 May

Let’s get one thing straight: Cervantes would never have let this happen.

Inspired by the wanderings of the famous Don Quixote, two Spaniards and an Englishman re-enact the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age.

Their mammoth task would be easier if any of the following were true: they’d read the book, had enough actors or heeded the warnings of Terry Gilliam.

Instead, Little Soldier returns to Blue Elephant to present an imaginative and provocative adventure of immense proportions, to be taken with a pinch of salt - and a handlebar moustache.

The Knight of the Sorrowful Figure is presented as a work in progress run, ahead of further development.


***** 'One of the best trial-run performances I've ever seen'

Views from the Gods

Ian Nicholson
Research and Development Process led and directed by:
Simon Day (with the collaboration of Aitor Basauri)
Devising cast:
Dennis Herdman, Merce Ribot and Patricia Rodriguez
Written and Adapted by
Tiffany Wood

Supported by




Tuesday 14 May 2013

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!

Something There That's Missing

What would you risk to make your mark on the world?

A girl moves to London to write her first play, a fantastical coming of age story about adventure-seeking Mei Li who enters the magical Chinese Metaforest. There, she meets an orange hippo and together they must battle a ferocious monster guarding a treasure that could change everything.

Reality and dreamworlds collide wth memory and culture as this girl in-between creates her story – and life.
Peer into the gaping unknown as Mei Li confronts the wonderful darkness and awesome splendour of a big, big world.


A company of artists weave a tapestry of episodes exploring the vulnerability and brutality of life in an attempt to find a balance. They find freedom of expression through multiple disciplines including movement, music, poetry and puppetry.

A Little Bird Whispered Website

“Powerlessness and silence go together.” Margaret Atwood

The Flying Roast Goose

Out of Chaos in association with Yellow Earth Theatre

A moving story about food, survival and hope through the eyes of a Cantonese chef and her pet goose. The Flying Roast Goose is set in war-torn Hong Kong during the Japanese invasion in 1941. Using physical theatre, puppetry and object manipulation, this original piece tells the dark history of Hong Kong with playfulness and kitchen utensils!

Conceived by Paula Siu. Devised by the Company

Performed by Federico Bogo, Paula Siu & Mayra Stergiou

That Passed The Time

An alternative version of Beckett's Waiting For Godot, performed by two women who combine the disciplines of puppetry and physical theatre. One tall one short, the new duo invite the audience into a world where things don't always make much sense but time passes nonetheless. This adaptation will turn the text on its head and push the boundaries of Beckett's work by using puppetry to highlight the absurdity of simply watching people wait.

by Short in Comparison

Conceived and performed by Hattie Thomas and Becky Zienko


CELL is about a man’s loss of physical animation through Motor Neurone Disease. We have been exploring this through the external, physically degenerative quality and the internal expansion of the mind and imagination.

Smoking Apples use both puppets and live actors together on stage with an identifiable and unique style of movement. Little Cauliflower produce touching and heartfelt productions, often using large elements of kinetic set-design in their shows.

Smoking Apples Website

Little Cauliflower Website

Smoking Apples and Little Cauliflower are writing a blog to keep track of their process so far on this project, you can read it here

Cell Blog

Smoking Apples and Little Cauliflower have been undertaking a collaborative process of thought and puppetry to bring you CELL, it has been generously funded by Arts Council England.

The Ebony Horse

by Hammer & Tongs Theatre

Scheherazade is on the brink of execution and has so far managed to delay her beheading by enthralling the King with stories. This piece is taken from a larger production of the 'Arabian Nights' and follows one of Scheherazade's stories, 'The Ebony Horse'.

Performers: Charlotte Reid, Rory Stallibrass, Josh Stamp-Simon, Emilia Petryszyn and Avita Jay

Musician: George Mackenzie-Lowe

Director: Jennifer R. Lee


Boy in Darkness


Friday 10 May 2013
Tickets are FREE but must be reserved in advance to guarantee entrance. Book tickets

Struggling against the oppressive rituals inflicted by his birthright, the Boy escapes the Castle on his fourteenth birthday, only to find himself in the midst of unimagined horror.

Following the world premiere of The Cave and the stage premiere of Noah’s Ark, the Blue Elephant continues to bring the work of Mervyn Peake to the stage. This work-in-progress of Boy in Darkness – one of only two novellas he wrote – recounts an unnerving episode of Gormenghast hero Titus Groan's teenage years.

The Blue Elephant has a "pioneering practice of bringing Peake’s plays to the public" Peake Studies

Aaron Paterson
Gareth Murphy

The Applause Project

Wednesday 1 May 2013 - Saturday 4 May 2013

Is there a way to bring audiences and performers closer together?

Part game, part performance, The Applause Project invites the audience to share the space, and get up close and personal to the action. The rules of the game are simple, and direct the audience when, and how, to clap. Presenting a series of short dances, the company seeks to draw attention to the act of applause, asking is this when we are closest to the audience?

The Applause Project is a full length dance theatre experience, exploring the nature of applause and how to bring the audience closer to the action. Come and play at Blue Elephant Theatre!

You can keep you up to date with all the goings on direct from the rehearsal room and also updates from Joon Dance Company on their blog:

Joon Dance Blog


'Liberates an audience from our traditionally stale use of applause!'

Belly Flop


You and Me


A bitter-sweet physical comedy for anyone who is a day older than yesterday!

Tuesday 2 April 2013 - Saturday 27 April 2013

Two elderly Spanish sisters live in a foreign land against the backdrop of a battered rug and a mountain of mysterious boxes. They share an existence of outrageous defamation, tender reminiscing and pure madness, careering between affection and annoyance. But amidst an ever-changing reality, is their behaviour just eccentricity or something more destructive?

‘You and Me’ is a touching story with sparkling dialogue and witty observations, that explores old age with humour, imagination and tenderness.


Review in The Stage

Review in UK Theatre Network

Four Star Review in Exeunt

Review in Dulwich on View

Review in Southwark News


"You and Me is surprisingly funny"

Views From the Gods

"Demonstrates character acting at its best."

everything theatre

Patricia Rodrîguez and Mercè Ribot

Supported by


Max Dorey and Marta Rocamora

Tuesday 2 April 2013 - Saturday 27 April 2013

The exhibition features an eclectic range of work from artists Max Dorey and Marta Rocamora.

Dorey exhibits a collection of stencils as well as pieces from Tales from the Red Bar , an on-going short story and illustration project Dorey works on with Leeds based writer Adam Z. Robinson. Sometimes the illustrations are inspired by the tales - sometimes the tale is inspired by the illustration.

Marta Rocamora’s purpose in Art and Life is to be real, to truly connect with what is inside, around and beyond her, to move and be moved to positive action, to share and to learn. She enjoys painting with watercolours on Arches paper: She finds magic in the satin-smooth surface, the flow and movement of brush and water. The random element this medium allows, combined with the capability to work with delicate, minute detail make it her ideal choice for bringing out the essence of dreams.

The private show of this work will be on Thursday 25th of April from 6pm.


No Man’s Land

Tuesday 26 March 2013 - Saturday 30 March 2013
Post Show Discussiom
Wednesday 27 March

The year is 1914. Air travel is exotic and dangerous. A young girl gazes endlessly at the blimps floating overhead. The observation balloons, tethered down by thick cables, fascinate her and she daydreams relentlessly of flight. But there is a war on.
As the terrifying adult world infiltrates her fantasies, the girl is propelled into bullet-strewn skies and a strange world of lost men.

Using only their bodies, a live double bass and the windswept rubbish of the city, Glass-Eye Theatre will lift your gaze skyward, to discover what is lost and what is found in flying away.



After Sophocles
by Lazarus Theatre Company

Tuesday 26 February 2013 - Saturday 23 March 2013
Post-show discussions:
Tuesdays 5 and 12 March
Wednesday Matinees:
4pm on the 13 and 20 March

In the glory of a united kingdom, Oedipus stands firm, strong and triumphant; his army basking in victory. Hearing of a prophesy that could bring ruin to all he has built, the King acts to avert this but in so doing, the ruin is all his.
Sophocles’ masterpiece becomes the first of the playwright’s works to be presented through the Lazarus storytelling method of text, movement and music.

A large ensemble shall create a kingdom at the edge of collapse, a city where the very core of society will never be the same again.


Four Star Review in Entertainment Focus

Four Star Review in Everything Theatre

Four Star Review in One Stop Arts

Four Star Review in Broadway Baby

Four Star Review in Fringe Review

Ricky Dukes
Assistant Directors
Rebecca Hill & Charlotte Lewis
Associate Director
Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Designed by
Max Dorey
Lighting Design by
Rachel Smith
Costume Design by
Alice Pocock
Sound Design by
Nick Kent
Original music composed by
James Fogarty
Adaptation by
Lazarus Theatre Company
Maria Alexe, Samantha Andersen, Sarah Barker, Edward Clements, Jack Cosgrove, Eleanor Dillon-Reams, Andrew Glen, Lucy Hagan-Walker, Robin Holden, Stuart Mortimer, Nasa Ohalet, Alec Parkinson, Martin Prest, Hanneke Talbot, Joseph Tweedale & James Unsworth.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

"If you know anyone unsure of Shakespeare then take them to see this and have them fall in love!" on Lazarus’ Macbeth 2011

Tuesday 27 November 2012 - Saturday 15 December 2012
Wednesday Matinees:
Wednesdays 5 & 12 December at 4:00 pm

Love, passion, enchantment and illusion…

Lazarus Theatre Company returns to the Blue Elephant with their seductive, magical & ravishing take on this classic, perfect for the festive season.

As four young lovers explore a world far from the court, a tale of fairies, mistaken identity and machinations unravel in a frozen forest in the depths of winter, where nothing is quite as it seems. Through the use of text, movement and music, a large ensemble shall create a land of opulence, decadence and romance.


Review in UK Theatre Network

Review in Dulwich On View

Review in Views From The Gods

Review in Click

Director & Designer:
Ricky Dukes
Aaron Clingham
Lighting Designer:
Alex Musgrave
Costume Designer:
Rachel Dingle
Sound Designer:
Nick Kent
Company Photographer:
Adam Trigg
Benjamin Archer, Michael Bagwell, Alice Brown, Lucy Fyffe, Julie Gilby, Cameron Harle, Alexandra Harman, Ewa Jaworski, Angela Jimenez, Danny Lawrence, Stuart Mortimer, Jen Painter, Sian Stephenson, James Taylor Thomas & Joseph Tweedale.

The Hatpin

A Heather Doole, Blue Elephant & Greenwich Theatre Co-production in Association with Lazarus Theatre

Tuesday 30 October 2012 - Saturday 24 November 2012

Driven by poverty, Amber Murray gives up her baby to a better life. Strange discoveries arouse her suspicions about her child's new family. Supported by her friend, she uncovers a horrific story that leads to one of the most shocking trials in Australian history.

Based on a true story, this dark and stirring tale is brought to the stage in the UK premiere of this Australian musical.

A beautiful and emotive journey showing the strength of the human spirit.

The Hatpin was originally produced by Neil Gooding Productions and White Box Theatre at The York Theatre, Sydney, February 2008. American premiere presented at the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Tickets for this show can be booked via the box office at the Greenwich Theatre on 020 8858 7755 or click on the link under 'Tickets'.

Tickets will come off sale at 3pm on the day of performance. After this time please contact Blue Elephant Theatre directly on 0207 701 0100


Review in UK Theatre Network

Review in Views From The Gods

Review in The Public Review

Review in Entertainment Focus

Review in The Curtain Up Show

Peter Rutherford
Book & Lyrics:
James Millar
Director & Designer:
Ricky Dukes
Associate Director:
Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Musical Director:
Aaron Clingham
Lighting Designer:
Heather Doole
Costume Designer:
Alice Pocock
Stage Manager:
Ina Berggren
Company Photographer:
Adam Trigg
Production Graphic Designer:
Will Beeston
Katie Allison, Gemma Beaton, Tom Bristow, Mark Byles, Michaela Cartmell, Elise Fabris, Robin Holden, Grace Lewis, Elly Lowney, Hayward Morse, Kate Playdon, Eleanor Sandars, Linda Taimre, Ziggie Sky Ward & Emma White.