Elephant and Castle
Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music
for Aldeburgh Festival 2007

Director / Filmmaker: Tim Hopkins
Designer / Filmmaker / Costume Designer: Pippa Nissen
Lighting Designer: Zerlina Hughes
Text: Blake Morrison
Music: Mira Calix / Tansy Davies
Venue: Snape Maltings
Date: June 2007

A series of installations were set in both the landscape and buildings of Snape Maltings, with an audience that moved around them for different scenes. There were a total of seven installations, including: a house set within a listed dilapidated ruin, a screen within the reed beds, a photographic fantasy of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre attached to the outside of the building, a lit billboard in the gardens, a theatre set of the shopping centre within the auditorium and a lorry parked in the landscape with a band inside. The story of Hansel and Gretel was played out as films, projected onto different surfaces while musicians walked through the landscape.

The design for ‘Elephant and Castle’ was part of the UK entry at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial in scenography.