An Elephant In The Garden

    An Elephant In The Garden

    • 24 Sep -
      25 Sep 2021
      24 Sep - 25 Sep 2021

    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
    • TICKETSStandard From £16 / Concession From £12 (Tickets and prices subject to availability)
    • VENUE

    8pm / Matinee Sat 2pm

    Standard From £16 / Concession From £12 (Tickets and prices subject to availability)
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    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.

    • “Beautiful storytelling in action … stunningly performed by Alison Reid”

      The Guardian
    • "Thought-provoking, engaging and utterly plausible … combines simplicity with beautiful storytelling, which will have you captivated"

      The List
    • "discover the magic that only live theatre can offer: the ability to suspend disbelief and allow an actor to play on your imagination, conjuring up worlds out of thin air"

      Bristol 24/7
    • "This is masterful storytelling by all concerned and a gem of a standout performance"

      StageTalk Magazine

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