We've Packed The Trunk
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's gripping play, Elephant, ended its run here on Saturday but that's not the end for her honest and truthful story. For the next month Elephant will play 13 venues ranging from a library in Smethwick to a Women's Enterprise Hub in Sparkbrook.
The REP has been commissioning and producing new plays to tour to community halls, cafes, libraries, schools and residential settings for over 30 years, all of which has been brilliantly supported and made financially viable by the Sir Barry Jackson Trust. It's part of our determination to reach new audiences who have, for a variety of reasons, never sampled live performance before. It's also a way of sharing the excitement of theatre with a new audience and underlining the point that theatre can be for anyone. It can open up conversations and bring communities and citizens together.
Elephant is a story rooted in truth and explores the disclosure of sexual abuse within a family. Yes, it's a tough subject, but the play has heart, honesty and humour. As a playwright, Gurpreet, wanted to break the silence around the subject, to encourage people to listen, to question and challenge what they think. It might also help someone open up and seek help.
The Elephant tour and previous tours are incredibly important to our communities. They tell stories that are familiar, tales that will challenge and narratives that will entertain. For us it will always bring communities together for a shared hour or so. And that can't be a bad thing.
Women's Enterprise Hub, Birmingham
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Southside Business Centre, 249 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook
Bleakhouse Library, Oldbury
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Bleakhouse Library, Bleakhouse Road, Oldbury B68 9DS
The Old Print Works, Balsall Heath
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The Old Print Works, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH
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Focus, 48-62 Woodville Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9AT
Centrala Art Gallery
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Centrala Art Gallery, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5RT
Weoley Castle Community Church, Northfield
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Weoley Community Church, 115 Quarry Road, Northfield, B29 5LE
Central Library, West Bromwich
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West Bromwich Central Library, High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DZ
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The Pump, Kitts Green Road, Birmingham B33 9SB
Focus & RNIB at
The Old Joint Stock
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The Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Road, Birmingham B2 5NY
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