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The Elephant Song

Drama

  • 75 Minutes
  • 2 M
  • 1 F

Synopsis

Was I close to my mother? Sure, for about nine months. Then she gave birth.

An eminent psychiatrist has vanished from his office. The last person to see him is Michael, a troubled patient obsessed with all things elephants. Dr Greenberg, the hospital director, is determined to interrogate Michael, despite the head nurse’s cryptic warnings. Michael speaks of elephants and opera — with the occasional hint of murder and foul play – and lures the hospital director into a devious trap.

Reviews

The Elephant Song is a dark, savagely funny three-hander about a mental patient, a psychiatrist and a nurse. Crisply written, it has echoes of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, or perhaps something by Harold Pinter.”
– Michael Posner, The Globe & Mail

The Elephant Song could be the start of a major career. It certainly shows an unusual poise and sense of theatricality and is an always-absorbing character study of Michael Aleen, a patient in a psychiatric hospital.”
– Robert Crew, Toronto Star

“[The Elephant Song‘s] rapid-fire dialogue escalates psychological tension in a style reminiscent of Edward Albee.”
– Matt Radz, Montreal Gazette

“Canadian playwright Nicolas Billon’s The Elephant Song is a 4 o’clock in the morning play: You wake up at 4 a.m. and everything makes sense.”
– Martin F. Kohn, Detroit Free Press

Production History

2017 @ Redrum Teatro Compañía — Galicia, SPAIN
2017 @ Nine Story Theatre — Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
2017 @ Theatre Office Natori — Tokyo, JAPAN
2016 @ Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts — London, ENGLAND
2016 @ Nine Story Theatre — Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
2015-16 @ Dailes Teātris — Riga, LATVIA
2015 @ Ali Poyrazoğlu Theatre — Istanbul, TURKEY
2013–14 @ Théâtre du Petit Montparnasse — Paris, FRANCE
2011 @ Bakehouse Theatre Company — Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
2010 @ Théâtre Meka — Montréal, CANADA
2009 @ Crossing the Divide Festival (reading) — London, ENGLAND
2008 @ Workshop Theater Company (reading) — New York City, USA
2008 @ Beothuk Street Players — St-John’s, CANADA
2008 @ hotINK International Festival (reading) — New York City, USA
2007 @ Cairns Little Theatre — Cairns, AUSTRALIA
2007 @ Infinitheatre — Montréal, CANADA
2005 @ Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui — Montréal, CANADA
2004 @ Stratford Festival of Canada — Stratford, CANADA
2003 @ Stratford Festival of Canada (reading) — Stratford, CANADA
2002 @ Infinitheatre (reading) — Montréal, CANADA

Publications

The Elephant Song
Playwrights Canada Press — June 2006
ISBN 0-88754-846-6

La Chanson de l’Éléphant
Éditions Lémeac — August 2005
ISBN 2-7609-0394-X

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