Friday, September 4, 2015

The Elephant Man

The play in London is sadly finished now, but it really was an incredible play.

The Elephant Man June 2015

If you don't know who the Elephant Man is, it's interesting to look into the story. Joseph Merrick was born with extreme physical deformities. He lived with a circus as a "freak show" attraction. He later met a doctor and went to live at his hospital before dying aged 27.

Interestingly in this play, Bradley Cooper wears no prosthetics or make-up to recreate the deformities. Rather, in a really incredible scene at the beginning of the play they display a picture of the real-life Elephant Man and Alessandro Nivola, playing Doctor Frederick Treves, talks us through the deformities which Bradley Cooper, step by step, contorts his body to mimic these.

The Elephant Man June 2015

The Elephant Man June 2015

It was an amazing play, and had some really amazing funny bits. Bradley Cooper was really fantastic but I also really enjoyed Patricia Clarkson's performance as the narcissistic actress who befriends Merrick.

The Elephant Man June 2015

This was the best picture I was able to snap of Bradley Cooper after the show.

The Elephant Man June 2015

And since the crowds dissipated after Bradley left I was lucky enough to nab a selfie with Patricia Clarkson!

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