"How many times have we been here before? We go around in circles. We think we have gotten so far and then we look back and realise that we are back to where we started. We are back round again. So when you see me, what do you see?"
The Elephant in the Room isn’t a story about a ship, or a journey to another land. This is a story about today and 6 characters who are still experiencing the impact of our colonial history, in cities that have only just begun to speak about their complex past.
Throughout the film, these characters are met with denial, reluctance, avoidance, ignorance and ultimately silence, as they figure out how to be seen and heard in a system that was never built for them.
Co-directed by Alix Harris and Jules Laville
Written by Alix Harris
Movement Director Jules Laville
Dramaturgy Lucy Coren
Producer Helen Bovey for Beyond Face CIC
Performed by (in order of appearance)
Victoria Horan- Humanity
Charice Bardwaj- The Voice of Freedom
Alix Harris- Freedom
Shaday Barrowes-Bayewunmi - Future
Samater Ahmed- Democracy
Shiquerra Robertson- Justice
Corinne Walker- Visibility
Richard Bailey- The Voice
Film made and edited by Daniel Martin
Costume Design by Meier Williams
Sound Design by Somatic/Somin Griffin-Dave
Production Manager Tessa Gaukroger