Tom Adams & Lillian Henley

Elephant and Castle

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Thu 25 May, 20:00


The first thing I said to my partner Lillian in my sleep was “I want to get in a wardrobe and take you to Elephant and Castle.”

Do you tell the truth when you talk in your sleep? Does your sleep talk even make sense? And could it just be that you analyse your relationships in a way that’s more honest than you do when you’re awake?

That’s the dangerous premise behind ‘Elephant and Castle,’ a new, experimental show that springs from three years of recorded sleep talk.

From there, it becomes tender, funny, uncomfortable and dark too, as the mutterings never quite take the form of honest coherence. But does the incoherence conceal the truth? Is there something struggling to be said? Something perhaps that is painful and potentially disastrous for this relationship?

Using live music and extracts from those recordings, Elephant and Castle is a Gig Theatre show about how honest it’s possible to be and have your relationship survive.

Tom Adams previously made two acclaimed shows with support from South Street, which went on to tour nationally - Still Score & Howl at the Moon.

Ticket information

£12, £10 concessions, £8 members - become a member

Elephant and Castle - Trailer

Elephant and Castle - Trailer


  • “Lillian Henley supplies a rich complementary score. It’s Kafka meets Little Shop of Horrors” 

    **** WhatsOnStage (on 1927’s Golem)
  • 'A Totally Unique Comedy Experience’

    Time Out (on Tom Adams’ Lounge Gigs)
  • ‘The wife and husband dynamic between Lillian and Tom is wonderful! Their singing and voices together sound beautiful.’

    Audience Member

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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Contact: Box Office: 0118 960 6060; Administration: 0118 937 3456

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