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The Elephant Angel Programme Information


Essential Programme Text


Please make sure you include the following text in the programme you produce for your performance of The Elephant Angel. There's a link to a suggested template below if you need it but feel free to be creative!


Suggested programme template

(based on one page of A4 printed on both sides and folded in half)





Scottish Opera and [your school name(s) here] present


The Elephant Angel

Music Gareth Williams

Words Bernard MacLaverty


Date and Time






It’s1941 and the Blitz is edging ever closer to Belfast. New keeper at the city’s zoo Miss Austin takes an immediate shine to shy baby elephant Sheila, and while she battles to win over the brusque Head Zookeeper, a firm friendship with Sheila forms. As fears of deadly bombing raids grow Miss Austin hatches a plan to walk Sheila home to her terraced house each night to look after her. Helped by local children who play and sing in the streets around the zoo, Miss Austin and Sheila make their secret journey, but can Miss Austin’s back yard really keep Sheila safe, or will they be discovered? Meanwhile, the Head Zookeeper has other worries on his mind, as government officials begin to question whether a zoo under threat of bombing should have any wild animals at all…



Cast & Creative Team


Head Zookeeper Paul Keohone
Miss Austin Marie Claire Breen / Miranda Sinani

Sheila Lewis Sherlock
Lion Connor Smith*
Tiger Christopher Honey*
Polar Bear Alison Reid*
Wife/Woman in Black Lyndsay Johnston*
Man in Black John-Anthony Graham*
*Scottish Opera's Connect Chorus


Conductors Gareth Williams /James Grossmith (30 Oct & 2 Nov)
Director Lissa Lorenzo
Assistant to the Director Lewis Sherlock
Set Designer Ali MacLaurin
Costume Designer Catherine Deverell
Lighting Designer Dave Shea
Trainee Producer Rimgaile Rimeikaite

Company Stage Manager Di Holt
Technical Stage Manager Ian Swinscoe
Assistant Stage Manager Dougal Gudim


Elephant puppet created by Vision Mechanics
Set and costumes made by Scottish Opera





Flute/Piccolo Kate Chisholm
Clarinet Jennifer Stephenson
French Horn Fergus Kerr
Double Bass Chris Sergeant / Edward Lucas (19 Oct)
Percussion Tom Hunter / Michael D. Clark (17, 23 & 26 Oct)
Harp Sharron Griffiths / Saida de Lyon (23 Nov)
Piano Roger Glass



Logos & Funding Credits


Please make sure you include:

• a Scottish Opera logo (right click the image below and save as a picture file to paste at the appropriate size into your own programme. You may need to add .jpeg to the file name when you save it if the option to save as a jpeg doesn't appear automatically)
• your local authority and venue logo (if applicable)
• the following funding lines:
Scottish Opera is core funded by The Scottish Government

The Elephant Angel is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation, The Barcapel Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation and donors to The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2010