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The Elephant Song

18 January 2023 to 11 February 2023 Park Theatre

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A psychiatrist suddenly disappears from a mental health unit. A young patient of the hospital, Michael, is suspected to be involved in his disappearance.

A tense psychological thriller, fraught with mind games and verbal tugs of war, The Elephant Song is the UK premiere of a Canadian play setting a hospital director against a patient as he seeks to find out what’s happened to a missing psychiatrist. Against the advice of his colleagues, Dr Greenberg is determined to question Michael and ends up in a turbulent power struggle, trying to find the truth in Michael’s stories of elephants and opera, his distant mother, his forced stay, and his sexuality. As Michael tries to barter the truth for his freedom, he leads the director along with hints of relationships with his psychiatrist and the head nurse, with this game of cat-and-mouse leading to devastating consequences.

Producer Ian Nicholas said: “I first became aware of The Elephant Song when I saw the movie. I loved the story and researched the play it was based on. I brought it to Jason’s attention, knowing this is the sort of work he loves to direct and after a few months of digging, I was able to obtain the rights for us to do it. We have always wanted to work at Park Theatre, so I forwarded the play directly to Jez Bond, artistic director at Park and fortunately he liked the play too.  And thus a UK premiere is born…”

Fraught with mind games, The Elephant Song is a cat-and-mouse game that will keep you guessing until its haunting conclusion.

Listings:

Directed by Jason Moore, Written by Nicolas Billon, Assistant director Luke Mazzamuto, Set design by Ian Nicholas, Produced by OnBook Theatre

Running Time: 75 mins (no interval) | Suitable for ages 14+

Cast

Michael Gwithian Evans, Dr Greenberg Jon Osbaldeston, Miss Peterson Louise Faulker

18 January – 11 February 2023

Further Information:  Park Theatre

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