Following the success of Picnic at Hanging Rock, director Matthew Lutton and writer Tom Wright reunite for an adaptation of The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man, based on the real life story of Joseph Merrick.

Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man, is cast out. He survived circus ‘freak shows’ and the revulsion of a gawking public before a young doctor offered him asylum at the London Hospital in 1879.

Weaving through a carnival of hospitals, the circus and the public arena, The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man is a profoundly moving story that interrogates our capacity for countering hate with hope, and the radical power of compassion.

The role of Joseph Merrick will be played by Daniel Monks, and Paula Arundell, Julie Forsyth, Emma J Hawkins and Sophie Ross will form the ensemble of characters that Merrick encounters throughout his life.

This is Daniel Monks’ Malthouse Theatre debut and he joins the production as an acclaimed actor, dancer and filmmaker. Monks recently wrote and starred in Pulse, the centrepiece of this year’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival, which was also screened as a part of Sydney Film Festival’s Screenability program, featuring work by filmmakers with a disability.

August 4 – 27

The Malthouse