Anoushka Lucas explores history and race in her new play about a girl's relationship with her piano.
Lylah is in love with the piano which resides in her council flat. At home and at school, she can't ask the questions that she'd like to and so turns she starts to direct questions to her piano instead. She'd like to know where the piano came from and why it is here.
Anoushka Lucas ('Henry V', 'Oklahoma') stars in her debut play.
'Elephant' began as part of the Bush Theatre's Protest series, a response to the murder of George Floyd. This production is recommended for ages 14+.
"The show feels freer and weirder than if she’d gone off on one about record companies. As stage stardom beckons for Lucas, ‘Elephant’ is a winning, bittersweet elegy for another life that didn’t quite happen."
"Lucas is a performer of rare charisma and her first full play is a teasing, provoking pleasure. I’ve seen three shows each lasting an hour this week: this is the only one I wanted to be longer."
"Handling weighty themes with the lightest of touches, 'Elephant' is a delicate, heartfelt monologue interspersed with songs, which thoughtfully addresses the complex legacies of colonialism."