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Season 2017

The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man

4 – 27 AUGUST 2017

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I am the most extraordinary thing in this massive city
And yet when you look at me
You cannot see me

Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man, is cast out. He survived circus ‘freak shows’ and the revulsion of a gawking public for years until a young doctor offered him asylum at the London Hospital in 1879.

So began a life of endless observation. But curiosity works both ways, and Merrick returned the horrified gaze of Victorian punters and nurses with wonder and optimism.

This story has inspired multiple theatrical adaptations, novels and a film by David Lynch. Now the team behind Malthouse Theatre’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, director Matthew Lutton and playwright Tom Wright, reunite to create a poignant new work that uncovers empathy in a world that rejects difference.

The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man will span across Joseph Merrick’s life, from birth to death, weaving through the bustling streets of London, the incurables ward of the city’s Hospital and the theatrics of the English public arena. The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man is a remarkable tale of a city negotiating the discovery of a 'new man'.

* This production has been playlisted for VCE Theatre Studies (Unit 4) *

★★★★½ Superb... Everyone should be moved by such poetic and accomplished theatre.

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BY / Tom Wright
DIRECTION / Matthew Lutton
CAST / Paula Arundell, Julie Forsyth, Emma J Hawkins, Daniel Monks, Sophie Ross

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /
 Marg Horwell
LIGHTING DESIGN / Paul Jackson
COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN / Jethro Woodward

Single Ticket Prices

IN SEASON
Standard / $69
Senior / $64
Concession / $49 
Under 30s & Students / $35

PREVIEW
Standard / $59
Senior / $54
Concession / $45 
Under 30s & Students / $35

Special Performances

PREVIEWS
7.30pm, Friday 4 August
7.30pm, Saturday 5 August
6.30pm, Monday 7 August
6.30pm, Tuesday 8 August

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Wednesday 9 August

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 15 August

TACTILE TOUR & AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Friday 18 August
Tactile tour, 6.30pm
Performance, 7.30pm

AUSLAN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
7.30pm, Thursday 24 August

Education Tickets

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PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Metro School Students / $24.50
Non-Metro School Students / $22.50
Accompanying Teachers (up to 2 per group) / FREE
Additional Teachers and Adults / $40 per ticket

Education Performances

VCE Playlisted 2017: Unit 4 Theatre Studies

POST SHOW FORUM PERFORMANCES
12.30pm, Thursday 17 August
12.30pm, Thursday 24 August

AUSLAN INTERPRETED EDUCATION PERFORMANCE
12.30pm, Thursday 24 August 

DESIGN PRESENTATION (sold separately)
5pm, Wednesday 16 August

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.