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The Blue Elephant - Spring/Summer 2007

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE new season at Camberwell’s Blue Elephant Theatre has been announced.

Weights – from March 13 to March 31, 2007.
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The Inhabitants of the Moon are Noses/Diary of a Madman – from April 3 to April 28, 2007.

A double-bill of Nikolai Gogol’s dark, hilarious masterpiece, Diary of a Madman and Steve Hennessy’s wildly imaginative new play about Gogol’s life, The Inhabitants of the Moon are Noses, explores the thin line between imagination and madness.

Andy Burden will direct a cast that includes Martin Aukland, Julia Gwynne and Sebastian Steiger.

Springheeled 2007 – from May 3 to May 5, 2007.

A festival of new dance and multimedia works returns to the Blue Elephant Theatre following last year’s success. Choreographers include Cathy Seago (Lecturer in Dance at the University of Winchester).

35 Cents – from May 8 to May 26, 2007.

In Paul Anthony Morris’ political satire, it’s election time in Jamaica and the ‘No Confidence Movement’ is attempting to lead the electorate on a national boycott against the backdrop of a US-led military invasion.

Will this new student organization succeed in determining the future of their island?

Morris will direct a cast that includes Julie Hewlett, Irma Inniss, Vinta Morgan and Mo Sesay.

Everything is Different – An Evening of Music and Dance – from May 31 to June 2, 2007.

Flautist Lucy Forde and dancer Charlotte Spencer team up for this music and dance piece inspired by Hungarian-Jewish author Frigyes Karinthy’s tale Chains or Chain-Links, which was published in a volume of short stories in 1929 and entitled Everything is Different.

Focusing on its theory that there are only six degrees of separation between any two people in the world, the work looks at the simple connections we make in everyday life, magnifying these points to find beauty in the details.

The performance will be followed by traditional and contemporary music from Africa, the Middle East and London, including sets from the Ghanaian percussion ensemble Sekgura.

The Odyssey – from June 5 to June 9, 2007.

East 15 Acting School and Works Well Productions team up in this new adaptation of Homer’s epic adventure – a physical and accessible re-telling of Odysseus’ journey home by Jonathan Shelley.

Not Knowing Who We Are – from June 12 to June 30, 2007.

In Maggie Drury’s tale, a man sets out to learn the art of conversation. A girl sets out to find her father. A mother has a box with two keys. Kevin has a spare room and a photograph no-one wants to see…

Toria Banks will direct.

The Last Laugh – June 24, 2007.

As a fitting finale to the Camberwell Arts Festival 2007, the Blue Elephant will host a comedy evening with a screening of some classic short films followed by stand-up.

Dan Atkinson will host an evening that includes the films Fish Feathers, Putting Pants on Philip and Homework; and comics Josie Long and Carl Donnelly.

Writers at Work – July 3 to July 7, 2007.

Five rehearsed readings by the writers and directors of tomorrow.

For more information call the box office on 020 7701 0100 or visit the website.