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Past programme

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

The Mermaid of Zennor

Sunday 10 November 2013
70 minutes

‘A long time ago it would have been common place to talk about sightings of Merfolk but not now. Now you’d be crazy to talk of such things.’
One stormy night Imogen asks her mother to recount one of her many tales.

Thrown into her favourite story, The Mermaid of Zennor, we embark on a mysterious voyage filled with mermaids and sea monsters, wandering curses and soul cages. A story of betrayal, belonging and ultimately love.

Moon on a Stick make stunning use of puppetry to bring you deep into the ocean and sweep you into this twisted tale inspired by the folklore of the Cornish Coast.




Tuesday 5 November 2013
Tickets are now fully booked for Trunkated but if you would like to be added to the reserve list please email

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

The Butterfly Lovers

The Butterfly Lovers is a vibrant new adaptation for children of the ancient Chinese legend. Under the reign of the evil Emperor Hu, girls are forbidden to attend school, but Zhu disguises herself as a boy to do so. There she meets Liang, and together they change China forever.

Directed by James Chamberlain

Written by James Chamberlain and Jason Yu

Cast: Amy Siripunyo, Jake Cahill & Jeffrey Ho

Watch Out For The Bear

Originally formed in June 2012 to make a ukulele cover of the song 'Gettin' Jiggy With It' by Will Smith. Watch Out For The Bear found that bringing a ukulele on stage, performing simple but musically interesting songs with fresh and direct lyrics, made them develop a very special bond with the audience - a playful, singalong phantasmagoria!

Their crazy passion about Bears turned out to be fun for everyone and very contagious!

They have just launched their first EP 'Miriam Upside Down'. You can join them on Facebook Watch Out For The Bear

Dark Matter

Vertebra in collaboration with Outside puppets created the story of the elder "Alfi" who has advanced dementia. Set in a contemporary care home, we use visual and physical storytelling methods including movement and puppetry to descend into the hallucinatory mind of a man in the twilight of his life.

Directed by Mayra Stergiou & Eirini Dermitzaki

Performers/Devising Cast: Fede Bogo,Cecile Dumont, Ludovic Pujil & Paula Siu

Puppet design and making: Eirini Dermitzaki, Fede Bogo & Ludovic Puzol

What's Your Story?

How do you respond to "about me"? What do you write on your CV? This piece looks to explore fragmented identity and our existence within multiple realities and roles virtual, real and imagined.

What’s your story? is created and performed by Amelia Stubberfield, who is a theatre maker, performer, comedian and writer. Since graduating in Acting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2008, she has developed a great deal of her own work, including theatre performance pieces, stand up, character comedy and co-writing and co-starring in an online comedy sitcom. She has recently worked with Louise Mari and Nigel Barrett (founding members of SHUNT) on their projects.

Photo credit: Al Frank Monk



Tuesday 29 October 2013 - Saturday 2 November 2013
Post-show discussion:
Thursday 31 October

When you stop being a child…what are you?

How do find your place in life – or even just in your group of friends? When do your feet stop growing? And who decides all these things?

These questions – and many more – are explored by five dancers in Nutshell Dance’s new work Retrospective.

Retrospective deals with topics of adolescence – unknown emotions, budding sexuality, insecurities and unfamiliar identities. Choreographer Mari Frogner explores these topics from a very personal place, combining her Scandinavian point of view with her current perspective as a choreographer working in a world where female voices are scarce.


'The harmony between the dancers is evident and overall creates a beautiful show.'

Dulwich on View

Mari Frogner
Oli Newman
Antonello Apicella, Hannah Cameron, Sarah Hitch, Jenny Reeves & Harriet Waghorn

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • University of Roehampton
  • Norweigen Embassy
  • Gane Trust
  • Wansworth Arts Grant

Crazy Glue 2013

Tuesday 22 October 2013 - Saturday 26 October 2013
Post-show discussion:
Wednesday 23 October

‘Crazy Glue’ had a successful work-in-progress run at the Blue Elephant in October 2013 and has gone on to tour nationally and internationally to great acclaim.


“Tight, compelling, and a rollercoaster of experience for the audience” ★★★★★ Female Arts

Female Arts

Devising cast:
Filipa Tomas & Bradley Wayne Smith

The Spanish Tragedy

Tuesday 24 September 2013 - Saturday 19 October 2013

Treacherously murdered in war, a haunted spirit returns to his homeland to seek revenge on those responsible for his death. His lust for the truth leads to one of the bloodiest plays ever written, The Spanish Tragedy.

This outstanding landmark of Elizabethan drama comes to the stage in a new ensemble production, told through a fusion of text, movement and music.

Kyd’s revenge thriller is said to have inspired other great works of the period including Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

“Nothing less than a superb lesson in how to adapt an old classic for a contemporary audience.”
Naima Khan,

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

The Spanish Tragedy Blog


***** "Like a magnificent orchestra, tensely tuned and stunningly dynamic"


**** "Provocative as well as stupendously good fun"

What's On Stage

**** "A highly recommended production...easy and enjoyable to watch..."

Everything Theatre

"Thrilling and brilliantly realised" ★★★★

Entertainment Focus

Written by
Thomas Kyd
Adapted and Directed by
Ricky Dukes
Lighting Design by
Miguel Vicente
Costume Designer:
Nicki Martin-Harper
Assistant Directors
Suvi Peisanen & Eleanor Chadwick
Stage Manager
Ina Berggren
Maria Alexe, Safron Beck, Amy Bowden, George Clarke, Adam Cunis, Joseph Emms, Suzie Grimsdick, Tom McAdam, Roseanna Morris, James Peter-Bennett, Danny Solomon, Felicity Sparks, Jamie Spindlove, Stefan Stuart &Thomas Winsor.

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