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Spring 2019 at the Blue Elephant Theatre

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Season preview

THE Blue Elephant Theatre has announced its first shows of 2019. From comedy to dance, scratch nights to accomplished pieces, the new season offers an eclectic programme to suit all tastes.

A highlight of the season is The Wolf Inside Me, commissioned by Blue Elephant Theatre’s Youth Board members. A play with sound and music, it speaks to us of finding our own way through grief and sadness. Rooted in South East London and seen through the eyes of teenagers, it’s a captivating and creative reframing of loss and hope.

LISTINGS

Try/Trying/Tried (Dance) – March 8 and 9.

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.

Just Like Me (Family) – March 8 (at Golazio, 59 Camberwell Road) and March 22 (at UAL Studio, Third Floor, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre).

On first glance, we can seem so different from one another, but look a little closer and you’ll find we all have something in common.

Narissa the rabbit is new to the field and all the other rabbits are busy doing their rabbit things. So, Narissa sets off to find a friend. Everyone seems so very different to her. Freddy the frog, Astrid the Ant and Burton the bee don’t seem anything like a rabbit. But can they really be that different from her?

Finding things in common and building unlikely friendships, interactive storytelling and vibrant characters combine in this fun, FREE, family event (although free, booking is encouraged).

The Adventures of Sam Swallow by Hilda Cronje (Family) – March 10 and 11.

Through shadow puppetry and storytelling audiences are magically transported on the annual migration of a young lesser striped swallow, Sam. Her world is irrevocably changed when she loses her mother over Lagos Nigeria and she is left to navigate the world alone. Along the way she meets many friends who help her find her way home and who all share their stories of their changing environments due to climate change.

Sam Swallow is a poignant play with a message, to young and old alike, that we must protect and care for our environment, and the creatures that inhabit it. At the end of the performance the audience is asked to make a pledge in paint, to leave only our footprints behind.

LunchBreaks from Humor of Sense (Theatre) – March 15 and 16.

A new year begins and Soho Square sees a host of colourful characters spend their lunch breaks on the same two benches. From Whitney’s predilection for shoes to the solace Derek finds in adult images, they all have habits which could turn into addiction. As winter turns to spring, watch the people you see every day around London make and break habits.

Lunchbreaks is a Black comedy by Brian Beaton, a member of Blue Elephant’s Writers’ Group. It is the first play workshopped at the Writers’ Group to be presented publicly at the Blue Elephant. Beaton is the Director of Humor of Sense, which promotes Confidence, Performance and Resilience through theatre, film, music and workshops. Humor of Sense recently created the multi-media event What Makes You Laugh? held at The House of St. Barnabas, Soho.

It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl (Comedy) with Rachel Creeger (and support from Philip Simon) – March 19.

Rachel Creeger is the only orthodox Jewish comic on the UK circuit and resident compere of Comedy Upstairs at the Adam & Eve. She’s also an award-winning comedian, director and writer, with credits including West End and touring shows. As heard on BBC Radio London and BBC 3CR, Creeger was a script associate on Radio 4 sketch comedy 2525.

It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl enjoyed a sell-out debut Edinburgh Festival Fringe run in 2017, a successful UK tour in 2018 and triumphant return to the Fringe. Philip Simon is a BBC Comedy Award Nominee, writer for BBC TV and Radio, and winner of UK Jewish Comedian of the Year).

Just Like Me (Theatre) – March 21 and 28 (at UAL Studio, Third Floor, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre).

All Soli wants is a bit of peace and quiet so he heads to the library. There he discovers a thousand new worlds as fairytales come to life around him. Join the Blue Elephant Storytellers for an interactive session which introduces children to fairytale favourites from Cinderella to Aladdin.

This is a FREE event but please book ahead to guarantee a place.

The Wolf Inside Me (Theatre) – March 26 to March 29.

A boy experiences the loss of his mother. Instead of speaking about it, he picks up a guitar. A girl experiences the loss of her father. She wants to speak about it – but can’t find the words.

A play with sound and music, The Wolf Inside Me speaks to us of finding our own way through grief and sadness. Rooted in South East London and seen through the eyes of teenagers, it’s a captivating and creative reframing of loss and hope.

The Wolf Inside Me has been commissioned by Blue Elephant Theatre’s Youth Board members. It was created by Sepy Baghaei in response to a brief set by young participants and then chosen for research and development at the Blue Elephant after participants met shortlisted applicants.

The Wolf Inside Me is presented as a work-in-progress performance.

Tethered (Theatre) – April 7 to April 9.

tether [teth -er]

1: to fasten or confine (an animal) with a rope or chain so as to restrict its movement.

2: Digital Technology. to use (an electronic device, usually a smartphone or tablet) to enable a wireless Internet connection on another nearby device, often a laptop.

Crossing between the Virtual and the Real, Tethered follows Alice’s struggle with self-identity as her world degenerates around her.

Tethered is presented as a work-in-progress performance.

To book tickets, call the Blue Elephant box office on 020 7701 0100, e-mail info@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk or visit www.blueelephanttheatre.co.uk/.