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Presented by Selladoor Productions

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee

Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter!

Elephants, as everyone knows, are big, have trunks, and are grey. But Elmer is a patchwork of brilliant colours! His fun-loving and cheerful personality keeps everyone in a playful mood, until the day he gets tired of being different and tries to blend in with the herd.
Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour – but ultimately realizing that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics.

A favourite of young people since the book was first published in 1989, this classic tale has been adapted for the stage by Suzanne Maynard Miller, with songs by Allison Leyton-Brown. The show’s subtle message that it is always best to be yourself, combined with the vibrant colour and cheeky humour of the main character, makes Elmer a great show for children of all ages.

Free Pre-Show Workshop!

We invite you to join 30mins before each show in the upper foyer for a magical half hour of theatre and craft activities for your little ones to enjoy!

  • Make your own Elmer the Elephant Hat!
  • Decorate the Towngate Theatre’s foyer with your patchwork drawings!
  • COMPETITION TIME: Come dressed in as many colours as you can to celebrate Elmer the Elephant with a prize for the most colourfully dressed!

31st January

Tickets from £12.50

Recommended for ages – all ages

Running time approx 55 minutes


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Thursday 31st Jan1:30 pm


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