But as the days go by, it gets a little harder for Michael to get out of bed in the morning, a little harder for Michael to connect with his friends and a little harder for Michael to do his volunteering to the best of his ability.
There’s something going on, something he needs to address but keeps hidden.
As the pressure mounts and the challenges of Michael’s mental health deepen, we see how he grapples to keep control and the effects it has on his life when he doesn’t.
A fusion of physical theatre, hip-hop dance and spoken word, Elephant in the Room is inspired by Lanre’s personal experiences. It’s an explosive and unapologetic dance theatre solo exploring the mental health crisis within the working class black community.
The best parts of the show are those in which no words are spoken. Through a mixture of hip-hop-influenced dance and physical theatre, Malaolu creates a visual language of someone constantly fighting against the overpowering mental and physical urge to collapse
A prime example of how theatre can influence, spark debate and help change the world for the better