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Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Sunday, 23 Jun - Monday, 24 Jun

£8.10 - £10.60

What happens when you are forced to leave home, go through a terrifying journey and find yourself in London? Will you find community? Will you find peace or more struggle? What about those who didn’t make it across the sea?

Ironing Out is a devised play combining physical theatre, mime, dance, poetry, hip hop in English and Arabic, shadow theatre and improvisation. A myriad of characters come in and out of an Ironing Shop, held by the respected and loved community figure the Iron Man. The shop is located in a famous South London borough, at the bottom of a block threatened by developers. The characters become entangled in a quest to find lost ones and in the struggle to save the shop and their community. Based on real life experiences and wild imagination, ‘Ironing Out’ explores young migrants’ resilience in the shadow of mental health, exile, racism and displacement.


Alleyway Radical Theatre is a migrants led theatre company which formed in 2014 with a will to shed light on migrants' struggles. We mix shadow theatre, poetry, mime and hip hop in Arabic and English. Our first show 'Here I Am' explored migrants’ journeys through fortress Europe and the UK border. We come from Palestine, Hackney, Kashmir, Spain, Japan and beyond

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Blue Elephant Theatre

Bethwin Road



Supported by

Arts Council England

Chris Johnson Memorial fund

Theatre Deli

Refugee Week


Cast members

Tasnim Mahdy

Abdulrahman Lazam



Shamma Iqbal

Lisa Maeda

Deejay Steaz

Sara El Sheekh

Basel Zaraa

If you have any access requirements, please contact us on 020 7701 0100 or [email protected]. Our theatre space is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible but unfortunately, our bar upstairs is not.

Ticket additional information

Concessions are available to students, people over 65 and those receiving unemployment or disability benefits. Please bring proof of entitlement.

Please bring proof of living in Southwark if you book a discounted Southwark resident ticket.

Please note that we cannot issue refunds once tickets are bought. Please contact Blue Elephant Theatre directly if you wish to switch nights, which may be possible subject to availability.

Our bar and our box office open one hour before the show starts.

Please do not be late as we may be unable to admit latecomers.


***Special offer***

Ticket Holders can avail of an exclusive offer from our new neighbours Golazio at 59 Camberwell Road. Show them your booking confirmation to get an Italian Craft Beer and large slice of pizza for £7!


Blue Elephant Theatre

Blue Elephant Theatre produces an eclectic programme of new work across the performing arts from physical and dance theatre to new writing and revamped classics.