Rose Heiney’s debut play Elephants is a domestic black comedy that explores the paths we take in life and their repercussions on the people we love most. It was first performed at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London, on 11 December 2014.
The play is set in a house belonging to Sally and Richard, a couple in their mid-fifties. The play begins on Christmas Eve, with Richard and Sally waiting for their friends Dick and Valerie, their nineteen-year-old daughter Daisy, and their absent son Christopher's ex-girfriend Lizzy to arrive for the Christmas festivities. But behind the shiny façade, nothing is quite right – and as cracks start appearing, attempts to paper over them make for an explosive evening of revelations and dark secrets exposed.
The Hampstead Theatre premiere was directed by Tamara Harvey and designed by Polly Sullivan, with Helen Atkinson-Wood as Valerie, Adam Buchanan as Christopher, Jonathan Guy Lewis as Dick, Richard Lintern as Richard, Bel Powley as Daisy, Imogen Stubbs as Sally and Antonia Thomas as Lizzy.