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Theatre

Oyster Boy

Dates
Thursday 2 March - Friday 3 March
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£9.00
£8.00 (concessions)
£7.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Follow the tale of Alice and Italian ice cream seller Jim, who fall in love strolling along the beach in a 1950's whirlwind romance. However, all is not as sweet as it seems when their lives are turned upside down by the arrival of their son Sam…a very unusual boy!

Based on the title story of The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton, this bittersweet tale reminds us of the fragility of life and introduces us to a host of larger-than-life characters who are sure to entertain and delight. Oyster Boy is a multi-award-winning, international production mixing physical storytelling, clown, live singing, dance and puppetry.

Haste is an international, multi-disciplinary theatre ensemble based in London. The company seek to create visually impressive theatre, which provokes question, thought, laughter and enjoyment in a diverse audience through simple means. The company has produced and toured work in the U.K, U.S.A and Italy.


Finding the Elephant's Tale: Writers' Event

 

Date
Thursday 9 March
Time
6:30 pm

The Blue Elephant invites emerging playwrights from South London to join us for an evening’s discussion about what we can do – with lots of goodwill but no budget – to support you as writers. We hope to establish a monthly writers’ group after this event so look out for further developments!

Tickets are free, but should be booked in advance here.


Theatre

Rounds

by Resuscitate Theatre

Dates
Thursday 16 March - Saturday 25 March
Time
8:00 pm
Days of the week
Thursday - Saturday
Ticket price
£12.00
£10.00 (concessions)
£7.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Kal is seriously considering sedating the next patient who asks to be treated by a proper English doctor. Dom just wants to get into the shower while there’s still hot water. Felicity is living for the weekend. Lucy got her last choice ward and feels like she’s drowning. Tom’s getting good at tuning everything out and would quite like to keep it that way. Grace is just looking for someone to feed her cat while she’s on call.

They all work in the hospital down the road from you.

Resuscitate present a collection of the sometimes funny, sometimes tragic true stories from the inside of the surgical mask. Follow the paths of six junior doctors as they struggle to balance the pressures of the ward against their personal lives.

Rounds features stunning physical work from Lecoq ensemble interwoven with projection and visual theatre.

Praise for Rounds

“Rounds is a lesson in vulnerability. Without vulnerability we will never learn and we will never recover.” Exeunt Theatre Magazine

"One of the most important things the show conveys is the psychological state of the Junior Doctors.” Female Arts


Theatre

When the Dove Returns

Dates
Tuesday 28 March - Saturday 1 April
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£9.50
£8.00 (concessions)
£7.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


The survivors of a natural disaster have been stuck on a ship for thirty days. As the damage done to their world becomes clear, they have to find a way to rebuild their lives…How much humanity will we sacrifice when our lives are at stake?

This new, ambitious devised piece by Backpack Theatre combines touching observations and outrageous humour in a dynamic, physical piece that is sure to make the audience laugh, gasp and reflect.

Following their debut in 2016, with Bibs, Boats, Borders & B*stards about the refugee crisis, described as a “great first show”, “tear-jerking” and a “call for individuals to take greater responsibility”, Backpack Theatre stages a new call-to-arms piece about the long-term effects of our carelessness.


Dance

there is nothing more public than privacy

by A Truefitt Collective

Date
Thursday 6 April
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£7.50
£6.00 (concessions)
£5.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


they call me a little grown up, see, I am upset because I’ve always been stuck

Two dance pieces collaboratively investigate the secret lives and intimate spaces of public loneliness. Both works have explored a gendered approach towards ‘capturing intimacy’ within virtual and live spaces. Through a process of visually documenting women in their private and ‘safe’ spaces, the work tackles questions about public loneliness.


Theatre

Trunkated

 

Date
Wednesday 19 April
Time
8:00 pm

A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London's most exciting artists across the arts.

We are still accepting proposals for Trunkated in April, so if you have a new piece and you’d like to try out 10 minutes of it in front of a supportive audience, please get in touch at submissions@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk

Tickets are FREE and can be booked here.


Theatre

Twelfth Night

Dates
Wednesday 26 April - Saturday 6 May
Times
8:00 pm

Matinees at 4.00pm on Wednesday 26th and 3rd
Days of the week
Wednesday - Saturday
Ticket price
£12.00
£10.00 (concessions)
£8.50 (southwark residents)
£8.50 (Previews Wednesday 26th April 4pm and 8pm)
Online booking (incurs 10% booking fee)
Ticketweb

To avoid the online booking fee please ring the box office on 020 7701 0100


Bubbling with energy and youthfulness, this actor-muso production of Twelfth Night is a playful take on the cross-dressing comedy.

Original Impact return to the Blue Elephant with one of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays following the sell-out success of A Working Title last year.