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Blue Elephant Theatre - Winter 2019

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Season preview

BLUE Elephant Theatre has announced its Winter 2019 Season and it includes:

Hurricane Diaries – October 2 to October 19. (Theatre)

I assume ya’ll are interested in history… if not, I’ll try and give you as a brief history of Puerto Rico as I can muster….

Victoria is from Puerto Rico, an island ravaged by a hurricane like none before it. Finding herself in London, she looks back at what it is to be from a place forever changed by violent forces.

As she recalls three major hurricanes that hit the island, this solo show reveals a woman rooted in Latin America, shaped by its history, but living far away from home.

Hurricane Diaries explores the complex relationship an immigrant has with their country of birth, the devastating effects of natural disasters on poverty stricken nations and how colonial regimes affect countries today.

Nuestro pueblo jamás será derrotado, pues generación tras generación parirá héroes y heroínas.
Our country will never be beaten, as generation after generation, we breed heroes. Pedro Albizu Campos

Hurricane Diaries is written and performed by Amanda Vilanova, a Puerto Rican theatre maker living in London. Her work explores the immigrant experience in the United Kingdom, cultural nostalgia and colonialism.

Hurricane Diaries is directed and has sound design by Oliver Hamilton, and set design by Jasper Llewellyn. Assistant director is Eszter Andradi.

Ellipsis – October 21 and 22. (Theatre)

What would happen if her last string broke?

In a world where apathy is the norm, Emma has always pursued the idea of perfection. Nothing could stand in her way. But when a mysterious epidemic ravages the world she lives in and panic becomes common, all that changes. That’s when the testing starts….

This preview performance is The rose Company’s first project, presented ahead of a full run in 2020.

Ellipsis is written by Ula Moroz, directed by Sam Dunstan and performed by Sofia Asir.

Way Back When – October 22 and 26. (Family Theatre)

Weaving together African and Caribbean folklore and factual history, Way Back When celebrates the efforts of previous generations, finding inspiration for today.

A playful storytelling performance and workshop for families, Way Back When has been created with the support of Southwark Council’s Black History Month Fund.

Written and directed by Jacqui Livingston, Way Back When is suitable for all ages, but especially for 3-10 year olds.

Dates, times and venues:

Peckham Library on Tuesday, October 22 at 2pm.

Blue Elephant Theatre on Saturday, October 26 at 11.30am.

Brandon Library on Saturday, October 26 at 2pm.

Tickets are free.

Weight/Wait – October 25. (Dance)

Karen’s at her first counselling session. Will her mind let her stay?

This “completely engaging and emotionally intelligent” dance theatre duet explores the mental and physical ‘weight’ of our thoughts and inner voice through raw, physical movement, dark humour, original text and music. The audience are taken on a journey with Karen as she tries to keep her head above water.

Weight/Wait has choreography by Caldonia Walton and Katharine Richardson and music by Alex Paton.

Turtle Dove – October 29. (Dance)

Turtle Dove explores true tales of the sometimes bumpy, funny and sad journeys we take with our relationships. Made from interviews with people of all ages and sexualities, their voices are weaved into the musical soundtrack and their honesty and secrets are brought to life through dance and theatre. This duet is a heart-warming, candid and witty show that celebrates all forms of love and touches on life’s heartaches.

Devised in collaboration with leading composer Dougie Evans and script writer for the BBC Nick Walker, Turtle Dove is characterised by creative use of text, effortless physicality and its authenticity. Come and experience the stories of strangers who will soon feel like friends. Suitable

Suitable for ages 14+.

Easy – November 5 to November 23. (Theatre)

My best friend Meg actually lost it last week, to her boyfriend Amir. Apparently he lit candles. Magical, was the word she used.

Alice would give anything for something magical to happen to her. But she’s shy, has no idea how to contour and the last thing she loved was a roast potato.

She feels ordinary. Unremarkable. Unpopular. Until Jamie from Maths messages her. Finally, something is about to happen to Alice. Something big. Something she won’t ever forget. Something she never expected. And the whole school knows.

Easy is a powerful new play by Amy Blakelock, exploring what happens when we combine social media, love island ideals, Snapchat and teenage insecurity. An intimate portrait of adolescence today, Easy asks us – why is it so hard to believe we’re good enough as we are?

Easy has been developed in consultation with teachers and teenagers and free PSHE workshops are available for school and youth group bookings. Workshops are supported by the leading UK sexual health charity Brook.

Easy is directed by Hannah de Ville and performed by Robyn Wilson.
Recommended for ages 14+.

The Christmas Quest – December 7 to December 17. (Family Theatre)

Not many people have heard of The Letter-Machine but it has a very important job at Christmas. Possibly the most important job of all. It processes all the letters to Santa and makes sure every child gets a present.

When it breaks in a terrible storm, an Elf, Reindeer and Teddy set out on a quest to find the parts to fix it. A happy Christmas depends on their success.

The Christmas Quest is a new show for families by Blue Elephant Theatre. Full of slapstick humour and joyfulness, it celebrates differences and shares a strong message of inclusivity.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7701 0100 or visit www.blueelephanttheatre.co.uk/.