Written and performed by Anoushka Lucas
A Bush Theatre Production
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Olivier award nominee Anoushka Lucas stars in a new production of her ‘exquisite’ debut play (Evening Standard).

Part gig, part musical love story, part journey through Empire – Elephant is a bold and magnetic exploration of mixed-race identity.

At school, Lylah couldn’t ask questions – she had to be good, good, good or else she’d lose her scholarship. At home she couldn’t ask questions; her cousins said she talked weird, and her parents were distracted.

Then, a piano came through the sky and landed in Lylah’s council flat, just for her. As she poured over the keys and sound flooded into all the rooms, Lylah fell in love.

Now an adult, Lylah is swept up in the excitement of a new romance and a budding music career. But something still doesn’t feel right.

In a search for answers, she turns to her piano. Where did you come from? Why are you here? The unspoken truth of their shared history spills into the light.

Following Elephant‘s celebrated sold-out run in the Bush Theatre Studio last year, writer and performer Anoushka Lucas (star of Oklahoma!) reunites with original director Jess Edwards (Hotter/Fitter, Soho Theatre).

★★★★ “Lucas is a writer and actor of rare magnetism” The Guardian

WON Best Writer, The Stage Debut Awards
NOMINATED Most Promising Playwright, Evening Standard Theatre Awards

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Anoushka Lucas
Anoushka Lucas is a singer, songwriter, actor and writer. Anoushka’s debut play Elephant premiered at the Bush Theatre in 2022. As an actor, other credits include: Oklahoma! (West End / Young Vic); Henry V (Donmar); After Life (National); U.Me (BBC World Service). Her other credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent's Park); Chiaroscuro (Bush); Faces in the Crowd (Gate); Sparks (Edinburgh Fringe/VAULT Festival). As a composer, Anoushka co-composed the score to The Ballad of Klook and Vinette by Ché Walker (Park/NAMT Festival NYC), and The Etienne Sisters (Stratford East). More recently, Anoushka wrote the score for Sparks by Jessica Butcher (BBC Radio 4/Edinburgh Fringe/VAULT Festival) which won Best Musical of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and was adapted for BBC Radio 4. Anoushka, Jessica Butcher and their collaborator Jessica Edwards are currently under commission from Trafalgar Studios for a new musical. Anoushka’s own music has been championed on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM and her debut album "Dark Soul' was released in 2019.


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