By karenmmartin on place
Last weekend Royal de Luxe brought their production of The Sultan’s Elephant to London. The story (based on a Jules Verne tale) tells of a Sultan who dreams of a time travelling little girl and constructs a mechanical elephant so he might find her. Royal de Luxe constructed a 14 metre tall elephant and 5 metre tall ‘little’ girl with which to act out this play, and their theatre was the streets of London around Green Park.
The spectacle brought traffic to a standstill and turned the familiar city into an strange and fantastical world. It was great to see not only the looks of delight and astonishment on the faces of people who had turned out to watch, but also the looks of complete disbelief and amazement of those people who just happened to pass by on their way home from work or during their evening jog round the park. The overall effect was enhanced by the live band who followed the elephant adding a soundtrack of arabic inspired music, punctuated by the loud trumpet calls of the elephant itself.
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* Posted on: Thu, May 11 2006 11:49 PM
* Updated: Fri, May 12 2006 1:00 AM
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