Focus Birmingham are working in partnership with the Birmingham REP in association with Tamasha to present this great family drama. Focus will be hosting this production at Focus Birmingham on 14th March in the Activities Room at 2pm and then at The Old Joint Stock in Birmingham on Saturday 24th March from 3pm (in partnership with RNIB).
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s latest play, Elephant, made its world première at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in February 2018. Supported by The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, the production will tour to venues across the West Midlands during March 2018. Directed by Lucy Morrison, Elephant tells the story of a family built on untruths, a family whose lives are at odds with their belief system and asks the question whether it is possible to forgive and forget?
About the play
This is family. Real flesh and blood, not out of a catalogue or an Oxo advert. Vira hasn’t seen her sister Deesh for years. Deesh’s kids, Amy and Bill, want to know why but nobody’s telling them anything. When Deesh invites her sister to Amy’s flashy party, Vira reckons it’s time to come home and move on. Time to stop watching the telly, get out her council flat, stick on a glitzy sari and embrace her nearest and dearest. But is it possible to forgive and forget? And when a family is built on lies, will it be destroyed by the truth?
- Running time 90 mins (no interval)
- For ages: 15+
“Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s potent characters have a vivid authenticity…The play’s fury lends it persuasive force.” “Yasmin Wilde captures Deesh’s fear, cowardice and compromise, whilst Ojla’s Vira switches movingly between a wryly wisecracking, oddball outsider to a damaged survivor and, finally, to defiant heroism.” The Times
“Sparky family drama” “In a play where almost everyone has something to conceal, Lucy Morrison’s pared-back, neatly acted production – played out on Camilla Clarke’s minimalist design – means no one has anywhere to hide when the beans are spilled.” The Guardian
★★★★ “Bhatti’s explosive writing addresses the foundations of her culture head on.” “Bhatti gives a wonderful message of courage and solidarity to survivors. Through the secrets of Vira, this play gives hope to other people in silence. Vira still has intentions for her family to hear her own account of the past, in spite of knowing that will not be believed, and even shunned for it.” Behind The Arras
“Balancing tragedy and humour… some wickedly dry one-liners in Elephant will make an audience laugh out loud.” What’s On Stage
★★★★ “Sharp and intricate.” Sincerely Amy
“Entertaining, compelling and powerful.” Bum On A Seat (Blogger)
“Thought provoking.” Plays To See