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Where the Hell is Bernard? – Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Devised by Haste Theatre Associate Director: Ally Cologna Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Where the Hell is Bernard invites us to imagine an authoritarian dystopia where occupants are drilled in obedience and productivity. Forbidden to explore or play at will, we meet the childlike members of Pod 17, locked in a mechanised efficiency; loyal subjects of an ambivalent ruler. For reasons that ...

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Boxman – The Blue Elephant, London

Writer:  Daniel Keene Director:  Edwina Strobl Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Working in partnership with The Refugee Council, Boxman is the desolate story of Ringo, an asylum seeker sleeping rough in London. Ringo lives in a world of shadows, where invisible to passers-by he’s haunted by ghosts of the past. Boxman is a quiet and understated portrayal of loss. Eschewing the traditional narrative of ...

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The Actualisation Show  – The Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Creators: Ephemeral Ensemble Directors: Eygló Belafonte and Ramon Ayres Reviewer: Richard Maguire The statistics around suicide in Britain are staggering, especially among young adults. For men under 45, suicide is the biggest killer; more than car accidents, more than cancer. Of the 6,000 people who commit suicide a year in this country, over 75% are men. Traditional ideas of masculinity ...

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Here Comes Trouble – Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Performer and Choreographer: Keira Martin Director: Charlotte Vincent Reviewer: Richard Maguire Here Comes Trouble certainly lives up to its name in this short unsettling performance by Keira Martin. She’s trouble because in a world of order and pigeonholes, she resists categorisation: she’s trouble and she troubles. The piece itself also avoids easy classification as it blends Irish dancing, live art, ...

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Fall Out – Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell

Choreographer : Avalon Rathgeb Reviewer: Deborah Parry Combining tap dance with jazz music may be an unusual choice but choreographer Avalon Rathgeb has managed to do so incredibly well in this uplifting piece. Fall Out explores the theme of falling in and out of love – although this is only apparent in a literal sense during brief moments in certain ...

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In The Gut – Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Writer: Les Femmes Ridicule Director: Alice Robinson Reviewer: Jon Wainwright   Blood red drapes, split down the middle with a bunched swag hanging at the top between the two cascades, and red lighting, get us in the mood for a fun/manic show about "brooding, breeding, birthing and bringing up" a bundle of joy. The Auld Alliance is soon sizzling as ...

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In Transit – Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Devised and Performed by: Florence Leon Director: Graham Shackell and Florence Leon Reviewer: Christopher Hong   A bare stage, a cello and double bass player on the side of the stage and Florence Leon’s squat like stance and expressive face are poised for a whirlwind story of Ella. This physical theatre piece takes the audience through the fragmented memories of ...

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