This show for family audiences began in 2006 in a marquee in a Gateshead park as a collaboration between performing artists, dancers and musicians from north east England and the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Now a full scale production, it mixes high energy African and classical song and dance, comedy and sadness, vibrant costume and astounding puppetry; based on themes of captivity, freedom and redemption.
Elephant so far:
• mini tours in England and South Africa,
• a two week run at the Edinburgh Fringe,
• a season at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg,
• a tour of UK major theatres,
• two weeks at the New Victory Theatre, Broadway, New York
• a further major UK tour.
"Elephant is a stunningly inventive show. Its style combines dance, theatre, puppetry, music, Commedia del'Arte and ritual in the joyous telling of the story of an African chief. This collage of styles and images is amazingly coherent and thoroughly engrossing." Greenwich.co.uk. 2010
Elephant is certainly a brilliant piece of art that will definitely make its mark in the world's theatre over the next few years as it matures." Port Elizabeth Herald/Weekend Post
"The energy of the 15 all-singing, all dancing cast; drawn from the UK and South Africa is infectious. The undoubted stars, however, are a pair of beautifully expressive elephant models who seem to float on air and add an extra layer of poignancy to this uplifting tale." The Stage
"Elephant is the class of theatre usually monopolised in long, long seasons in the West End, but here we have the chance to see something truly and spectacular. Get your ticket before you miss your chance". Edinburgh Guide
"Crossing not only two continents but genres and generations, Elephant is accessible and fun storytelling. Blending traditional African music and dance with more contemporary movement and song, the show is worth a look for the elephants alone" The List, Edinburgh Festival
Elephant is set to win new hearts with a tour scheduled for spring 2011 in South Africa; and a UK and European Tour in 2012.
Reviews from the 2010 tour:
See more photos of Elephant here
We will be performing on the main stage at the National Arts Festival in Grahams Town, South Africa. For more information on the festival click here.