Loquis: Blue Elephant Theatre

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Blue Elephant Theatre

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Published on:  2020-04-28 13:26:00

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This is a 50-seat fringe theatre. It was established in 1999 by Antonio Ribeiro. The theatre has an eclectic programme, promoting cross-art-form work and all forms of theatre from physical and dance theatre to new writing and classics. Its aim is to nurture new and emerging artists across the performing arts. The Blue Elephant has forged a reputation for staging little-known works by Mervyn Peake. On Wednesday 4 June 2008 the theatre hosted a talk by Sebastian Peake, son of Mervyn Peake. A script by Mervyn Peake, The Cave, was given a rehearsed reading at the theatre by Flat Pack Productions on 21 June 2009. Following this the Blue Elephant staged the world premiere production of The Cave in October 2010, directed by Aaron Paterson. In 2014 BBC Children in Need approached the Blue Elephant, offering places for eleven young people from the theatre to join the celebrity choir formed by Gareth Malone to record a cover of Avicii’s Wake Me Up. The single was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and went straight to number one in the UK charts when it was released on 9 November.

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