Elephant (Bush Theatre)
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Elephant (Bush Theatre)
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Elephant (Bush Theatre) London Reviews and Tickets

87%
(11 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
0%
Negative
9%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Relevant, Intelligent

About the Show

Anoushka Lucas explores history and race in her new play about a woman's relationship with her piano.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (5)

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209 Reviews | 41 Followers
88
Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love one woman shows , minimalist staging and a heartfelt story

Don't see it if your expecting big stagey numbers

135 Reviews | 11 Followers
87
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see debut writer Anoushka Lewis in an exciting, intelligent and masterful one woman play

Don't see it if you are not interested in something which explores the multiple links and interconnections in our world Read more

98 Reviews | 8 Followers
80
Absorbing

See it if You want to be absorbed into a story that is beautifully told.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production and large cast

42 Reviews | 2 Followers
95
Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Amazingly written and masterfully performed, relevant, a must see.

Don't see it if I personally think it would be a mistake to miss it!

1 Review | 0 Followers
100
Resonant, Relevant, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like intimate one woman play that is beautifully written and performed to explore one’s identity and conformity to society.

Don't see it if you only like big productions and not interested in understated plays centred around identity and internal conflicts.

Critic Reviews (8)

All That Dazzles (UK)
October 25th, 2023

“ ‘Elephant’ is further proof of Anoushka Lucas’ talents as a performer but adds to that just how exceptional she is as a writer. In this show, she has created a powerful and thought-provoking piece that takes crucial topics and brings something new and refreshing in how we should all perceive it. A completely captivating watch throughout, ‘Elephant’ is a show I will never forget.”
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London Theatre
October 20th, 2023

"We learn that one set of elephant tusks can make up to 25 sets of piano keys, meaning that one piano can have 24 ‘siblings’, but no one ever thought to keep a record of which pianos come from which tusks. A piano keeps its history to itself, but Lucas is doing a stirring job in interrogating hers."
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The London Evening Standard
October 26th, 2022
For a previous production

"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."
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Time Out London
October 29th, 2022
For a previous production

"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."
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The Times (UK)
October 26th, 2022
For a previous production

"Rest assured, there’s really nothing outlandish or alarming in Anoushka Lucas’s brief, but thought-provoking, one-person play, laced with fragments of her own songs."
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WhatsOnStage
October 26th, 2022
For a previous production

"It is angry, but also funny, warm, and insightful, written and performed with feeling and piercing thought."
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The Stage (UK)
October 26th, 2022
For a previous production

"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."
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The Guardian (UK)
October 26th, 2022
For a previous production

"This is a fully loaded hour that still manages to remain subtle...Lucas is a writer and actor of rare magnetism – we should be waiting eagerly for what she says next."
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