Blue Elephant Theatre Summer 2017 Press Release

Posted on 12/06/17 by The Blue Elephant

Blue Elephant Theatre 2017 Summer Season

“A charming venue which I strongly recommend any interested Londoners discover for themselves”

The Blue Elephant’s summer season offers a variety of short runs and one-off performances, providing an ideal introduction to the South London venue.

Comedy makes a big appearance this summer with no fewer than eight comedians performing over three nights.

The Blue Elephant continues to work with emerging dance artists and companies, welcoming LCP Dance Theatre back to their space and working with Keira Martin and J7s for the first time.

There will be a chance to catch the first outings of more new work as well, with Original Impact showcasing new writing in Tit for Tat and a Blue Cloud Scratch night in July providing more opportunities for emerging choreographers.

Listings Information:
Venue: Blue Elephant Theatre, 59a Bethwin Rd, Camberwell, SE5 0XT (entrance on Thompson Ave)
Nearest tube: Oval (Northern Line)
Wheelchair accessible
Box Office: 020 7701 0100
Twitter: @BETCamberwell

For press enquiries, please contact Niamh de Valera: or 0207701010

Avalon Promotions Ltd. Presents
Annie McGrath & Gareth Richards: Edinburgh Previews
16 June

The Blue Elephant hosts Annie McGrath and Gareth Richards as they preview their new comedy shows before hitting the Edinburgh Fringe.

Annie McGrath: Ambivert

After last year’s joke did so well (Dave’s Top Ten Funniest Jokes of the Fringe 2016), Annie returns to Edinburgh with another one. Annie has written and performed on ITV2, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio Wales.

“A real master of deadpan… delightfully dry” Skinny
“A flair for perfectly cutting short silliness with deadpan punchlines… Hilarious” ★★★★★
“Beautiful timing and spot-on delivery” ★★★★
“McGrath’s dry sense of humour together with cool deliveries works a treat… Ridiculously funny” ★★★★

Gareth Richards

Gareth Richards’ hilarious stand-up, silly jokes and gorgeously low-key comedy songs have made him an instant favourite on the comedy circuit. In 2010 he was nominated for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer.

Gareth has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric (BBC3) and live on Radio 1. Gareth co-hosted Frank Skinner’s Sony award-winning Absolute Radio show for two years and supported Frank on his 2014 tour.

Don’t miss the chance to see Gareth try out new material for his next Edinburgh Fringe show.

“A delightful hour of comedy” The Guardian
“A quietly-clever craftsman with a big future” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“His material has a delicious otherworldly quality” ★★★★

Date: Friday 16 June
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

Avalon Promotions Ltd. Presents
Bilal Zafar & Jarlath Regan: Edinburgh Previews
21 June

The Blue Elephant hosts Bilal Zafar and Jarlath Regan as they preview their new comedy shows before hitting the Edinburgh Fringe.

Bilal Zafar: Biscuit
Join 2016 Best Newcomer nominee and Hackney Empire New Act of the Year winner of the same year as he explores the fascinating world of online dating and finding love on social media in increasingly confusing times. Bilal has appeared on Channel 4, BBC Three, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for the Independent.

“Catch him before he hits the mainstream” Guardian
“Fascinating and hilarious in equal measure” i-D
“Endearing, relaxed and naturally funny... hilarious” ★★★★
★★★★ Skinny

Jarlath Regan: Organ Freeman
A selfish man (“A very funny man at the peak of his powers” - Irish Post) is forced to reassess his entire life when his best friend needs a kidney. A standup show from the creator of multi-million downloaded Irishman Abroad podcast, about life and death, give and take, Ant and Dec, youth and young manhood, getting it wrong while getting it right and never worrying about anything ever again.

Organ Freeman is Jarlath’s ninth solo show and by far his biggest to date. You may know Jarlath Regan from such television shows as Tonight At The Palladium (ITV), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Standup Central (Comedy Central), Last Comic Standing (NBC) and Goggle Box (Channel 4). As recommended by Ardal O’Hanlon, Marc Maron, Jack Whitehall, Jason Byrne, The Times, The Telegragh, The Guardian and Tripadvisor.

“Side-splitting stuff” ★★★★ Metro
“More laughs in the first 15 minutes than most comedians can muster in an hour” ★★★★ Herald

Date: Wednesday 21 June
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

Tit for Tat
Original Impact
29 - 30 June
A night of new writing
Following the success of Female Intuition, Original Impact returns to the Blue Elephant to showcase more works of new writing.
“Original Impact proves what is possible with a strong cast and some directorial creativity” Culturised on Original Impact’s Twelfth Night
Dates: Thursday 29 – Friday 30 June
Times: 8pm
Tickets: £6 (£5 conc. & £4 Southwark residents)

Escape 2
LCP Dance Theatre
7 - 9 July

LCP Dance Theatre invites their audiences on a journey of awareness of what’s going on in the world.

Escape 2 follows on from 2016’s Escape, recreating and re-telling the emotional journey of a refugee using innovative aerial dance and multimedia, against a stirring soundscape by Stefano Guzzetti. Fusing pole and silks performance with dance theatre, Escape 2 explores the impact of a new environment on a refugee, who must face social, political and psychological challenges in order to integrate with a new society.

Award winning LCP Dance Theatre draws awareness to human rights violations through dance and has been nominated twice at the Edinburgh Fringe for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.

Praise for LCP Dance Theatre's previous work:

“Modern, moving, muscular & magnificent” The Mumble Dance (Escape)
“A compelling dance performance dealing with highly relevant issues” UK Theatre Network (Escape)
“LCP Dance Theatre offered something extraordinary” ★★★★ Female Arts (I Am)

Dates: Friday 7 July – Sunday 9 July
Time: 8pm (Friday and Saturday), 6.30pm (Sunday)
Tickets: £10 (£9 conc. & £8.50 Southwark residents)

J7s Dance Company: An Evening with Giulia
J7s Dance
13 – 14 July

J7s Dance Company is a professional dance company based in London. Founded by Italian choreographer Giulia Iurza, the company is particularly interested in the connection between mind and body. Striving to create pieces that psychologically push both dancers and audience, they begin by taking aspects of everyday life and use them as the stimulus to generate movement.

Join J7s at the Blue Elephant to share the journey the company takes in the studio to create their work. The night will feature pieces at different stages of their development, including Shikishin Funi, which premiered at The Place as part of Resolution, and their new work experimenting with live percussion. It will finish off with a Q&A session with Giulia Iurza.

Dates: Thursday 13 July – Friday 14 July
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £9 (£8 conc. & £7 Southwark residents)

The Break-Up Monologues
Rosie Wilby
19 July

Tragedy plus time equals comedy, right?

Award-winning comedian and Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby hosts this themed comedy, storytelling and spoken word night. Rosie is joined onstage by fellow performers Sophia Blackwell, VG Lee and Paula Varjack to look back at their best and worst relationship breakup stories.

Rosie Wilby's nonfiction book Is Monogamy Dead? is out in 2017 (Accent Press) following a trilogy of shows investigating love and relationships. The Conscious Uncoupling was the final part of this trilogy and was programmed for Southbank Centre Festival of Love 2016 and shortlisted for Funny Women Best Show 2016.

Sophia Blackwell's acclaimed new poetry collection The Fire Eater's Lover is available via Burning Eye Books. She has been described as 'dirty, juicy, knowing and open' by Stella Duffy.

VG Lee's fifth novel Mr Oliver's Object Of Desire is out now. She started performing comedy in her sixties and is a regular favourite at Paul Burston's Polari salon.

Paula Varjack's Letters I Never Sent To You, also published by Burning Eye, has been described as a 'stunning collection of snapshots, memoir and poetry, deeply personal, vulnerable and frank' by Salena Godden.

This event is supported by Southwark LGBT network and will be recorded for a highlights broadcast on Resonance FM. The Breakup Monologues was first commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival.

Devised, hosted and curated by: Rosie Wilby

Dates: Wednesday 19 July
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £7 (£6 conc. & £5 Southwark residents)

Blue Cloud Scratch
Cloud Dance Festival with Blue Elephant Theatre
21 July

An Evening of Dance Scratch Performances

Blue Cloud Scratch is an exciting dance scratch night, showcasing works in progress from a diverse range of choreographers, and is curated by Blue Elephant Theatre and Cloud Dance Festival. Blue Cloud Scratch aims to encourage and provide emerging dance artists with opportunities to present their works in progress and receive feedback from audiences and peers.

Date: Friday 21 July
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £5 (£3.50 conc. & Southwark residents)

Here Comes Trouble
Keira Dance
27 July

Here Comes Trouble is a rigorous personal investigation into womanhood and Keira’s individual identity. In a series of episodes that draw on the social and cultural influences from Yorkshire, Ireland and Jamaica, Keira rhythmically weaves together traditional music, authentic song and moving, gutsy Irish and Contemporary dance. She shares hard hitting and heart-warming chapters of her life, building bridges and burning them again, within a looping structure that with each repetition reveals a deeper layer of herself, her heritage, her strength and her vulnerability.

This feisty yet vulnerable performance is entertaining and demonstrates the power and elegance of women in a very real and honest way.

Brutally Beautiful - Chris Bradley MOTUS Dance festival

A must see - Keira had me on the edge of my seat! - Namron OBE - Dance teacher, choreographer, lecturer and seminar leader

Choreographer: Keira Martin
Director: Charlotte Vincent
Composer: Jamie Roberts
Costume and Set Design: Ryan Laight
Lighting Design: Huw Williams
Sarah Shead/ Spin Arts: Producer
Helen Bonner: Communications and PR

Here Comes Trouble has been made possible with funding from Arts council England and supported by Spin Arts Management, Vincent Dance Theatre, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance and The Civic Barnsley.

Date: Thursday 27 July
Time: 8pm
Price: £10 (£9 conc. & £7.30 Southwark residents)

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