Elmer The Patchwork Elephant

This year ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’ celebrates his 30th birthday! A brand-new live stage adaptation based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee will be stopping at The Lowry from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st February.

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Elephants, as everyone knows, are big, have trunks, and are grey. But Elmer is a patchwork of brilliant colours! His fun-loving and cheerful personality keeps everyone in a playful mood, until the day he gets tired of being different and tries to blend in with the herd.



‘Elmer The Patchwork Elephant’ live on stage tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour – but ultimately realising that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics.

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‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’ will be brought to life on stage by Selladoor Family, the producers behind ‘James And The Giant Peach,’ ‘Seussical,’ ‘The Owl And The Pussycat,’ ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and ‘Madagascar the Musical;’ and MEI Theatrical, producers of family entertainment across Asia and the Middle East and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar show ‘ and ‘Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday ‘ in the UK.

A favourite of young people since the book was first published in 1989, this classic tale has been created by Jonathan Rockefeller and adapted for the stage by Suzanne Maynard Miller, with songs by Allison Leyton-Brown Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show will be directed by Scott le Crass with Puppet Direction from Yvonne Stone and Design by Richard Evans.

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The show’s subtle message that it is always best to be yourself, combined with the vibrant colour and cheeky humour of the main character, makes Elmer a great show for children of all ages. A celebration of individuality and the power of laughter.

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Brought to life on stage by Selladoor Family, their CEO David Hutchinson said:
“We are committed to engaging young people in theatre and strongly believe these experiences help to develop a sense of imagination, playfulness and confidence. Elmer is a wonderful story with a powerful message which will delight children and families who love the hugely popular series of books.”

Alex Parker, Lead Producer for Selladoor adds:
“We are thrilled to be bringing this much-loved character to life alongside the important stories that Elmer represents. Expect puppetry, colour and a trunk-load of fun!”

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