Elephant's Graveyard - streaming this month
London theatre news: Monday 7 September 2020
Online - Streaming
The true story of the only known lynching of an elephant, the award-winning Elephant's Graveyard will be available to stream from Thursday 17th September.
Elephant's Graveyard is the true story of the only known lynching of an elephant!
Set in September 1914, the play combines historical fact and legend.
Economic value, vengeance and public image tear up a community who were just looking for a show.
Elephant's Graveyard explores the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge.
This timely tragedy resonates as it interrogates the repercussions that follow when the mob get what they demand.
Here's the trailer ...
Director Colin Blumenau commented ...
"We shouldn't be feeling too sorry for ourselves or that COVID and the world are against us.
We can still make excellent work, just in a different way.
I spy a gap that sits between the full live experience and that offered by Netflix.
I am very excited about the possibilities that exploring this new medium offers and am thrilled to be working with such brilliantly talented people to realise this play in this way.
Elephant's Graveyard is a play that resonates through the decades since the actual events with which it deals.
Every generation faces its challenges of how the human tribe coexists one with another.
This play is about how we take that challenge on.
More than that, it's a great story with all the elements.
It's sad, it's funny, it's moving and it's horrifying in equal measure."
The Production Exchange have filmed a version of the play made specifically for the COVID world.
All actors in it are supported by the charity that is The Production Exchange.
The show stars Shaun Blaney (In the Name of the Son, Lyric Theatre Belfast), Esmee Cook (Dolores, Bristol Old Vic), Dannie Harris (Away in a Danger, Lichfield Garrick), Philippa Hogg (Peter Pan, National Theatre) and Nickcolia King-N'da (The Provoked Wife, RSC).
Alongside them will appear Harriet Leitch (Phantom Thread, Annapurna Pictures), Patrick Marlowe (Corpse!, Frinton Summer Theatre), Caroline Moroney (Persuasion, Manchester Royal Exchange), Phoebe Naughton (A Midsummer Night's Dream, RIFT/Alexandra Palace) and Sam James Page (Death on the Nile, Fox UK).
Completing the cast is Lucy Jane Parkinson (She Ventures and He Wins, Young Vic), Phil Sealey (Alice's Adventures Underground, The Vaults), Kim Tatum (The Finellis, Marjan Content Productions) and Gareth Tempest (The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, West End).
Marshal - Shaun Blaney
Clown - Esmee Cook
Hungry Townsperson - Nickcolia King N'da
Ballet Girl - Dannie Harris
Trainer - Philippa Hogg
Preacher - Harriet Leitch
Engineer - Patrick Marlowe
Muddy Townsperson - Caroline Moroney
Young Townsperson - Phoebe Naughton
Ringmaster - Sam Page
Tour Manager - Lucy Jane Parkinson
Steamshovel Operator - Phil Sealey
Singer - Kim Tatum
Strongman - Gareth Tempest
Director - Colin Blumenau
Composer - Luke Potter
Editor - Phil Sealey
Co-Producer - Douglas McJannet, Arden Entertainment
Co-Producer - The Production Exchange
Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September 2020
Available on demand for £10.
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