Elephant and Castle

Dates and Times

Tue 9 - Sat 20 October at 7:15pm

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Ticket information

£15/10 (conc.)

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Part of our Autumn 2018 programme. Browse the full season here

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Presented by Tom Adams and Lillian Henley

The first time my wife and I shared a bed I told her “I want to get in a wardrobe and take you to Elephant and Castle”. I was asleep.

Do you tell the truth when you talk in your sleep? Are sleep-talkers always on the verge of admitting some dark desire or, even more unthinkable, telling the person we share a bed with what we really think of them?

That’s the dangerous premise behind Elephant and Castle, a new, experimental show that springs from three years of recorded sleep talk.

From there, it becomes tender, funny, uncomfortable and dark too, as the mutterings never quite take the form of honest coherence. But does the incoherence conceal the truth? Is there something struggling to be said? Something perhaps that is painful and potentially disastrous for this relationship?

Using live music, song and verbatim sleep recordings, Elephant and Castle is a gig-theatre show about the joy and terror of sharing your bed with a sleep-talker.

Supported by Arts Council England, Theatre Royal Margate, Camden People’s Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre, Omnibus Theatre.



“A tightly, freshly executed, bijou musical about Adams’ parasomnia. Henley’s extraordinary voice and the pair’s distinctive, appealing onstage chemistry make this show.” ★★★★ The Stage

“Hilarious… Someone once said swearing isn’t funny or clever. This show begs to differ!” ★★★★ – Michael Davis, Breaking the Fourth Wall

About the company

Lillian is 1927 Theatre Company’s Associate Composer & Associate Artist of the Young Vic Theatre, London and has presented work as composer and performer with 1927 Theatre Company since 2006.

Tom Adams is a performer and composer who has performed nationally with his shows Still Score, Howl at the Moon, My Dad, the Magician and with artists including Laura Mugridge and Annie Siddons.

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