The first thing I said to my partner Lillian in my sleep was “I want to get in a cupboard and take you to Elephant and Castle.”

Do you tell the truth when you talk in your sleep? Does your sleep talk even make sense? And could it just be that you analyse your relationships in a way that’s more honest than you do when you’re awake?

That’s the dangerous premise behind Elephant and Castle, a new, experimental show that springs from two years of recorded sleep talk. From there, it becomes tender, funny, uncomfortable and dark too, as the mutterings never quite take the form of honest coherence. But does the incoherence conceal the truth? Is there something struggling to be said? Something perhaps that is painful and potentially disastrous for this relationship?

Using live music and extracts from those recordings, Elephant and Castle is a Gig Theatre show about how honest it’s possible to be and have your relationship survive.

NB: This show happens with audience and performers on stage.

Reviews & Audience feedback for Elephant & Castle:

“Hilarious… Someone once said swearing isn’t funny or clever. This show begs to differ!” – ★★★★ Michael Davis, Breaking the Fourth Wall

“The Wainwrights in PJ’s”

“The wife and husband dynamic between Lillian and Tom is wonderful! Their singing and voices together sound beautiful.”

Praise for previous work:

“Lillian Henley supplies a rich complementary score. It’s Kafka meets Little Shop of Horrors” – ★★★★★ WhatsOnStage on 1927’s Golem

“A Totally Unique Comedy Experience” Time Out on Tom Adams’ – Lounge Gigs

“Husband and wife duo Tom and Lillian delicately weave together moments of lightness and dark accompanied by a score of beautiful singing” – Marie McCarthy, Artistic Director, Omnibus

“Lillian Henley’s piano score is perfect” – Libby Purves, The Times on Regents Park Open Air Theatre production of Pride and Prejudice

About the company

Tom Adams is a composer and theatre maker and Elephant and Castle is his third theatre show (Still Score and Howl at the Moon). He wants to make a style of theatre that uses live music at the core of its story telling.

Lillian Henley is a composer and performer and an associate artist of 1927 Theatre Company. She has toured internationally with 1927, most recently Lincoln Center, New York with Golem.

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