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By Michael Morpurgo
Adapted & directed by Simon Reade
Performed by Alison Reid
Poonamallee Productions and Northcott Theatre, Exeter present
An Elephant in the Garden
1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.
Escaping the Allies’ advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meet a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon.
It is Lizzie’s story – but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load-bearing, indestructible, cheering - Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.
An Elephant in the Garden is the new adaptation by Simon Reade from Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s novel. It is very much in the theatrical mould of their previous collaborations on Michael’s war stories Toro! Toro!, The Mozart Question and the theatrical touring phenomenon Private Peaceful.
Alison Reid has worked extensively as an actress at the RSC, Filter Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and at the National Theatre (where she starred in Michael’s Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey). She regularly performs with Michael in The Mozart Question.
For ages 9 & over and their families.
|Mon 24 Oct 2016||16:30|
|Tue 25 Oct 2016||11:00|
Adults £14, Children £12 (Family Tickets available)
SK 056734 53.25758 -1.91750
Buxton is easy to reach via the A6, A515 and A53. The theatre is well sign-posted once you reach the town centre.
: 0 miles from Buxton station
- Baby changing facilities
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- Gift shop
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- Accepts groups
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