Elephant in the Room [2018]

Dates and Times

Mon 15 Oct 2018 at 7:15pm

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£8 work-in-progress

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

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Presented by Lanre Malaolu, co-directed by Zoe Lafferty

Michael, a young working-class black man from Hackney, seems to have a good life. A decent job, good friends and even volunteers as a football coach at his local youth football club on weekends. But as the days go by, it gets a little harder for Michael to get out of bed in the morning, a little harder for Michael to connect with his friends and a little harder for Michael to do his volunteering to the best of his ability.

There’s something going on, something he needs to address but keeps hidden.

As the pressure mounts and the challenges of Michael’s mental health deepen, we see how he grapples to keep control and the effects it has on his life when he doesn’t.

Fusing physical theatre, hip-hop dance and spoken word, Elephant in the Room is a bold and unapologetic piece of dance-theatre exploring the mental health crisis

Supported by The Place, Talawa Theatre, The Michael Grandage Company, The Wellcome Collection and CPT.

About the company

Lanre Malaolu is a director, choreographer and performer. Earlier this year, he was chosen as the overall winner of the ZEALOUS EMERGE PERFORMANCE PRIZE, a nationwide search championing the UK’s best emerging performance artists. In 2016, he was the chosen choreographer on the inaugural OLD VIC 12. He was the choreographer and movement artist on The British Council film ‘DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE’, which was selected for the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in 2017. Lanre is also a trained actor (Drama Centre London) and has worked extensively in theatre and television.


Image credit: (c) Lanre Malaolu

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