Elephant

by Anoushka Lucas
A Bush Theatre Production

Anoushka Lucas’ acclaimed debut play Elephant, transfers to the Bush Theatre’s main house in brand new production in Oct 2023 – for just 3 weeks only. Click here to book.


‘The men with the Piano look up the narrow staircase of our little flat and they turn to Dad, light their fags, and say; “We might have to take the windows out”.’

A piano came through the sky and landed in Lylah’s council flat, just for her. As she pours over the keys and sound floods into all the rooms, Lylah falls in love.

At school, Lylah can’t ask questions – she’s got to be good, good, good or else she’ll lose her scholarship. At home she can’t ask questions; her cousins say she talks weird, and her parents are distracted. 

So she asks her piano: Where did you come from? Why are you here? And their shared history tumbles into the light. 

Part gig, part piano lesson, part journey through Empire – Elephant is a powerful new play from Anoushka Lucas (star of Oklahoma!, Young Vic). A new Bush commission, Elephant first appeared as part of the Bush’s Protest series, a response to the murder of George Floyd.


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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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