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Dateline: 17th September, 2006

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Coming to the Blue Elephant

Camberwell's Blue Elephant Theatre has announced its autumn/winter programme, running from 21st September to 23rd December.

Plasmas, an Exploration of Manipuri Dance in a Contemporary Context
21 – 23 September
Unlike other forms of classical Indian dance such as Kathak and Bharata Natyam, Manipuri dance is rarely performed in the UK and relatively untouched by Western influences. Using both European dancers (Catriona Johnson, Rachel Landers & Miia Laiho) and Asian dancers (Manrutt Wongkaew & Anwesha Ahmed), & both Indian and Western instruments (Kirit Singh on the sarangi, Olmo Cassibba on the conga & tabla and Will Street (Associate Professor of Music at Middlesex University) on the violin, Anwesha Ahmed Company seeks to bring a new audience to Manipuri with this fusion of Indian and Western elements.

Hazmat & Me
Devised by Demonstrate
3 – 14 October
Just after the end of the world, a lonely survivor meets Hazmat, an 8-ft radiation suit with a penchant for mischief. Will he prove to be a friend or a foe…?

Angels Don’t Dance
By Richard Brockman
17 October – 4 November
Following a successful off-Broadway run in 1999, this will be the UK premiere of Angels Don’t Dance, reuniting husband and wife creative team: director Mirra Bank & writer Richard Brockman. Bank is best known for her work as a film-maker including Enormous Changes at the Last Minute starring Kevin Bacon and Last Dance, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2002. Brockman’s work was included in the Samuel French Best Short Plays of 2001 & 2005. He is also a practising psychiatrist and the piece - telling the tale of a young woman with a hidden explosive second personality - is based on true accounts.

22 Death Scenes
By Physical Theatre Company Jumbled
7 – 11 November
East Dulwich-based theatre company Jumbled presents a devised piece where they will die 22 times in the space of one evening, in an amusing exploration of how popular culture invades real life stories.

A Display of North Indian Kathak Dance by Anurekha Ghosh & Company
16 - 18 November
A celebration of hope and existence, Ruins explores the struggles of the familiar with the unknown in an investigation of the state of ruin in the world.

Southwark Together Festival
ACelebration of Young Talent from Across the World
21 - 25 November
Centring on the theme of ‘Us & Them’, Rewrite will bring together Youth Theatres from across Southwark, including REACT & the Blue Elephant’s Young People’s Theatre, for a week of performances. Rewrite is a charity that brings young people from refugee & non-refugee communities together, in drama and creative writing projects. It has the specific aims of breaking down barriers of prejudice surrounding refuge & asylum, and promoting understanding & celebration of cultural diversity and racial harmony.

The Ash Girl
By All-Female Group Jaxx Theatre Company
30 November - 2 December
Based at Bellenden Old School, Jaxx Theatre Company is a group of young performers from the Camberwell and Peckham area. The Ash Girl is a play exploring love, lies and relationships.

The Good Person of Mumbai
An All-Male Version of the Brecht Classic
5 - 23 December
In this acrobatic adaptation, Brecht’s morality tale is transported to the heart of India. With an all-male cast, the production explores metro-sexuality & the need for spirituality and hope in modern-day Mumbai: the city of Gods. In a world where dog eats dog and the survival of the fittest rules, will Raksha prove to be the Good Person that the Gods are seeking?


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