Casting Update / The Elephant Man

28 June 2017

Malthouse Theatre is delighted to announce the full cast for our highly anticipated forthcoming production, The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man.

The role of Joseph Merrick will be played by Daniel Monks, and Paula Arundell, Julie Forsyth, Emma J Hawkins and Sophie Ross will form the ensemble of characters that Merrick encounters throughout his life. This is Daniel Monks’ Malthouse Theatre debut and he joins the production as an acclaimed actor, dancer and filmmaker. Monks recently starred in and wrote Pulse, the Centrepiece of this year’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and screened as a part of Sydney Film Festival’s Screenability program, which features work by filmmakers with a disability.

Daniel Monks says ‘Joseph Merrick has been a role that I have dreamt of playing for many years, and I feel incredibly fortunate and grateful to be given this opportunity. As a young disabled person, Joseph and his story had a huge impact on me, as I know he has had on many others, and I feel honoured to be part of sharing his powerful story with new audiences.’

The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man brings together playwright Tom Wright and Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Lutton; the team behind the sell-out season of the 2016 production Picnic at Hanging Rock.
The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man will cover the birth, life and death of Joseph Merrick, more commonly recognised as the Elephant Man. Merrick’s story is original and profoundly moving, having lived a life of incessant scrutiny, whether on the streets of London, in the Victorian 'freak shows', within the incurables ward of the city’s Hospital, or immersed in the theatrics of the English public arena. The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man is the spectacular story of a city negotiating the discovery of a 'new man’.

The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man is presented at Malthouse Theatre in the Merlyn Theatre from 4 to 27 August.