The Regional Institute of Performing Arts (RIPA) will present The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance at the Civic Theatre Newcastle from May 26, until May 29.
This production of The Elephant Man is based upon the life of Joseph Merrick, a man so physically deformed that he became known as the Elephant Man. With very few options open to him, Merrick is forced to display himself to the public in travelling sideshows.
The play is being performed by The Regional Institute of Performing Arts’ Advanced Diploma in Acting students who are encouraged to explore ways in which they can combine their love of performance and entertainment and the reality of creating, securing and pursuing employment opportunities. The Regional Institute of Performing Arts is a local arts training that has built a reputation for offering quality practice-led training in performing arts, live production and events.
The play tracks Merrick as he finds himself alone and destitute in London. Due to the kindness of one Dr Frederick Treves, Merrick is soon admitted into the London Hospital for care and observation. Treves becomes determined to help Merrick lead a normal life, and Merrick soon becomes the toast of society. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs Kendal who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions. In the end however, Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man, finds that normality isn’t something he can achieve, or that he even necessarily wants.
RIPA PRESENTS THE ELEPHANT MAN
Thursday 26 May: 7.30pm
Friday 27 May: 7:30pm
Saturday 28 May: 7:30pm
Sunday 29 May: 5:00pm
Tickets for all shows can be purchased via Ticketek.