Written by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted & Directed by Simon Reade
Performed by Alison Reid
From multi award-winning writer Michael Morpurgo and the creators of Private Peaceful, An Elephant in the Garden returns to the stage in Bristol. This deeply imaginative, gentle giant of a production transports us to the end of the Second World War, celebrating love in the face of hate.
1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother and an elephant from the zoo flee the Allied fire-bombing at the end of the Second World War.
Escaping the Allies’ advance from the West and the Russian armies from the East, this extraordinary trio of refugees meets an RAF officer who has bailed out of his aeroplane, a homeless school choir on the run from the Nazis and the American tanks appearing over the horizon.
This 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.
- RUNNING TIME1hr 5mins
- AGE RECOMMENDATION9+
- TICKETSStandard From £16 / Concession From £12 (Tickets and prices subject to availability)
- VENUEFactory Theatre
8pm / Matinee Sat 2pm
COVID SAFETY MEASURES
All Factory Theatre performances on sale from August 2021 are currently sold with social distancing in place. This means there is distance between different groups in the auditorium, plus a range of measures that enable your safe journey through all of the building. However please note that we may increase capacity and relax measures once we are certain it’s safe to do so. Read more about our Covid safety measures this autumn.