ELEPHANT JUICE

  THE MUSICAL THAT WHISPERS "I LOVE YOU" 

Elephant Juice - About the Show

Why is it so hard for people to say "I love you"? Some find it easier to whisper - as in the children's playground game - "Elephant Juice". This exciting new musical by Orton & Gould tells the story of 6 characters, some of whom find it hard to say "I love you", some say it too late, some say it at the wrong time or to the wrong person - and some never say it at all.

PERFECT STRANGER

(Ben Fleetwood Smyth/Kit Orton)

Track 3
Unknown (Untitled - 03-06-08)
0:00/2:57

AREN'T YOU GOING TO SAY GOODBYE?

 (Ben Fleetwood Smyth/Kit Orton)

Track 4
(Unknown album (06/11/2010 00:16:18))
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Love can make you feel like shit.

But what's a life

if it don't have love in it?

KATY AND JOHN

(Emily Hagger/Ben Fleetwood Smyth)

Track 6
Unknown (Untitled - 29-05-08)
0:00/5:36

CLEARING CLOUDS

(Emily Hagger)

Track 8
(Unknown album (06/11/2010 00:16:18))
0:00/2:37

LET'S JUST STAY FRIENDS

(Ben Goddard)

Track 9
Unknown (Untitled - 29-05-08)
0:00/4:22

LOVE AND WHISPERS

(Kit Orton)

Track 10
(Unknown album (06/11/2010 00:16:18))
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John has always found it hard to commit himself totally to his girlfriend, Katy - because he has not admitted the reality inside himself. He meets Jason and begins to fall in love with him.

John tells Katy he is gay and wants to be with Jason, only to find that Katy has been having an affair with Joe, a married man - primarily because she found it hard to confront John about his apparent reluctance to commit himself emotionally to her. Katy's rebound shot heads straight for  Joe and she tries to give vent to her feelings, to clear the clouds and find the blue. But Joe is trapped in his marriage by the guilt he feels for having caused the road accident ten years ago that left his wife, Sandra, in a wheel-chair. Joe tells Katy he cannot leave his wife and kids for her, that he wants to just stay friends.

A comic sub-plot reveals Maureen, John's mother, recently widowed after a 25 year marriage to a man she despised. Now when she attempts her First Date At Fifty, she finds it hard to communicate effectively with a slightly younger man she tries to pick up. She sits by her phone for days, depressed, waiting for him to call - until she realizes she gave him the wrong phone number!

Meanwhile Jason appears to be turning increasingly moody and begins to shut John out: If I only whisper what I feel inside, then I can hide all that I'm afraid of. John finally discovers the truth - Jason is termilly ill.

The musical ends with the song "If You Need, Want, Had (But Lost) Love", when all the characters  look inside themselves and ask are they now ready to whisper Elephant Juice?

THE BEST IN ME

 (Kit Orton/Ben Fleetwood Smyth)

Track 12
(Unknown album (06/11/2010 00:16:18))
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