Tobacco Factory Theatres and The Sum present Banksy: The Room In The Elephant which is written by Tom Wainwright and directed by Emma Callander.
Banksy: The Room in the Elephant plays at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston Tuesday 1st – Saturday 26th April.
Did Banksy’s latest work bring misery to a homeless man?
That headline inspired Fringe First-winning director Emma Callander and writer Tom Wainwright to create Banksy: The Room In the Elephant. Banksy was in LA for the Oscars when he sprayed ‘THIS LOOKS A BIT LIKE AN ELEPHANT’ onto an old water tank. The tank was home to local legend, Tachowa Covington, who over seven years had furnished it with carpets, a stove and, even, CCTV. As news spread of Banksy’s latest work, a consortium of art dealers appeared to repossess the water tank. Suddenly, Tachowa was homeless again…
Following its highly acclaimed sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, the show now transfers to London’s Arcola Theatre as part of a national tour. For the very first time, Banksy: The Room In the Elephant will be followed by the world premiere of Something from Nothing – documentary maker Hal Samples’ short film about Tachowa’s experience with Banksy, edited from material gathered over the past seven years.
Gary Beadle (best known as Eastenders’ Paul Trueman) performs in this story about creating something from nothing and then having it taken away in the name of art.
Banksy: The Room in the Elephant promises to be intriguing and provocative theatre.
See the Arcola Theatre website for more details and to book.