LONDON – This holiday season, send the chills away with some homemade theatre specially presented by Camberwell’s Blue Elephant Theatre. Having just wrapped up two productions in November (Shakespearience by Debbie Hicks Productions and How to Cope with Embarrassment by Two Pale Ladies), there’s no stopping the train of creative energy as the theatre continue to present a wealth of new works from emerging artists, providing a platform to showcase timely works that deal with everything from immigration to mental health. Here’s what you can expect to see from them in the remainder of 2017:
The Tricycle by Bright South Theatre (21st – 25th November)
The first play by renowned Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal, The Tricycle was first written in 1952 and an initially light-hearted tale that gives way to themes of poverty and murder. A great example of Absurd Theatre, where Arrabel questions the limits of freedom and the relationship between our acts and their consequences as children commit increasingly sinister acts to pay for a tricycle. This production by Spanish company Bright South Theatre, directed and translated by Jesús Chavero, will also mark the London premiere of this new adaptation.
The Invisible by Yuyu Wang (30th November – 1st December)
We’ve always felt that Asians always need more representation onstage, and The Invisible is a step in the right direction towards that. Written and performed by Yuyu Wang, The Invisible tells the story of her real life experience arriving to Heathrow Airport and feeling completely invisible. With music and movement work incorporated into the show, The Invisible will also demonstrate her subsequent vulnerability, homesickness and otherness she felt while living in London, opening up the opportunity for contemporary discussions on immigration, alienation and home.
Little Red Riding Hood by Moon on a Stick (7th – 9th December)
A delightful year end pantomime for all the family, Moon On A Stick will use their delightful blend of inventive puppetry and imaginative storytelling to tell the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. A little bit silly and a whole lot of fun, expect to be singing, laughing and dancing throughout the night in a relaxing performance as kids and kidults band together to help Little Red on her big adventure through the forest.
Once Upon a Christmas Song by The Dot Collective (13th December)
A new play by Alexander Moschos, Once Upon A Christmas Song is based off The Dot Collective’s storytelling workshops with people living with dementia which were held at dementia friendly cafes, day care centres and activity groups for the elderly. Framed around popular Christmas themes, familiar music and memories, Once Upon a Christmas Song is a beautiful alternative Christmas show, a truly unique way to ring in the festive season
This season will also mark Blue Elephant Theatre’s first to be announced since learning in June that it is to be added to Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations from April 2018. Blue Elephant Theatre was amongst just five new theatre organisations in London to be added to the portfolio, offering the theatre more stability and greater opportunities to develop its work. With so many reasons to celebrate this season, a trip down to the Blue Elephant Theatre for one of their many exciting shows in their holiday lineup is a must-do this November/December, supporting local theatre and promising new writing.
To book tickets to these shows, visit the Blue Elephant Theatre website here.