1 July 2019, 9am
1 July 2019, 10am
TEAM WITH TASTE in partnership with ZEE TV is thrilled to introduce the critically acclaimed play Elephant in the Room, conceived and performed by the multiple award-winning Yuki Ellias. Written by Sneh Sapru, Elephant in the Room is inspired by the classic tale of the Elephant God.
The play follows Master Tusk, a young boy who has been given a new head – an elephant's head. Confused and bewildered, he finds himself lost in the forest. Danger lurks at every turn. He encounters a motley couple – Makadi (spider) and Moork (poacher), a clumsy duo in search of a big-ticket ransom. They kidnap Master Tusk, but their scheme goes awry when a prophecy is revealed and changes everything. Amidst a cursed love affair, an encounter with an eccentric old elephant and a hunt for a missing head, Master Tusk sets off on an adventure that changes his life. But will he be able to carry his head on his shoulders? Inspired by the world of Indian mythology, Elephant in the Room pays homage to the beloved God, Lord Ganapati, in this quirky and poignant reinterpretation of his story.
Elephant in the Room has been nominated for 7 Mahindra in Excellence Theatre Awards (META), and won 3 of them for Best Actor (Female), Best Costumes and Best Light Design. It has had 23 successful shows as part of the official India-UK Year of Culture 2017 Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Approximately 1 hour
(with no interval)
Rating / Age Limit
- No admission for infants in arms and patron below 8 years old.
- Patron 8 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry.
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
Late Seating Advisory
- For the enjoyment of all audience members, all events start promptly at the time printed on the ticket.
- Please be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
- Late arrival may result in non-admittance until a suitable break in the performance.
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event.
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10% Discount for Child (aged 8 to 12) / Student (Local/Overseas) (aged 12 to 21)
[Valid from 1 July 2019 onwards]
[Verification: Present valid ID / Student Pass]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full-priced tickets]
10% Discount for Group Booking (min 10 tickets)
[Valid from 1 July 2019 onwards]
Director & Performer Yuki Ellias
Yuki is an actor, teacher, movement director and filmmaker. She studied theatre at the Jaques Lecoq International School for Theatre in Paris and London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Yuki conducts training to various groups and practicing actors in the creation of site-specific devised interventions, corporates, and highly specific workshops for theatre professionals. Yuki worked as an actress in Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream touring for three years with the show to the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Italy. She has performed with various theatre companies in Mumbai including The Company Theatre, The Industrial Theatre Company and Q Theatre Productions. As a Movement Director she has worked with the UK’s leading opera company, Opera North, on their 2007 production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. Yuki is a founding member of the innovative production company Dur Se Brothers, which has produced the successful shows Charge! Yatagarasu and Hello Farmaaish!
Writer Sneh Sapru
Sneh began her journey as a copywriter, working on various brand films and campaigns for companies like Unilever, Reliance, Kalpataru, Mahindra Finance, among others. She has been nominated for major playwright awards in India including the META awards and the Hindu Playwright award. In 2018 she was jointly awarded the Sultan Padamsee Playwrighting Award 2018 for Hello Farmaaish, which she co-wrote with Yuki Ellias and Vidit Tripathi.
“Through the prism of this myth, the play not only raises significant questions about identity, but also about the relationship between the powerful and the powerless.”
– Critical Stages, International Association of Theatre Critics
“Ellias’ ability to enliven the theatre with her unrivalled charisma is a pleasure to witness.”
– Theatre Full Stop
“A fine performance of vivid artistry.”
– The Scotsman, Edinburgh
“Elephant in the Room is a must-watch not only for the unusual twist to the Ganesha tale but also a glaring instance of what modern theatre in India is about.”