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Elephant in the room 

"How many times have we been here before? We go around in circles. We think we have gotten so far and then we look back and realise that we are back to where we started. We are back round again. So when you see me, what do you see?"

The Elephant in the Room isn’t a story about a ship, or a journey to another land. This is a story about today and 6 characters who are still experiencing the impact of our colonial history, in cities that have only just begun to speak about their complex past.

Throughout the film, these characters are met with denial, reluctance, avoidance, ignorance and ultimately silence, as they figure out how to be seen and heard in a system that was never built for them.


Co-directed by Alix Harris and Jules Laville

Written by Alix Harris

Movement Director Jules Laville

Dramaturgy Lucy Coren

Producer Helen Bovey for Beyond Face CIC


Performed by (in order of appearance)

Victoria Horan- Humanity

Charice Bhardwaj- The Voice of Freedom

Alix Harris- Freedom

Shaday Barrowes-Bayewunmi - Future

Samater Ahmed- Democracy

Shiquerra Robertson- Justice

Corinne Walker- Visibility


Richard Bailey- The Voice


Film made and edited by Daniel Martin

Costume Design by Meier Williams

Sound Design by Somatic/Somin Griffin-Dave

Production Manager Tessa Gaukroger



A sunflower, a lily or a rose? Which flower do you see yourself as? Flowers are beautiful, they come in different shapes and sizes. We appreciate their beauty just simply for what they are. It’s time we all did the same for black women.


Alright Petal? was created in August 2019 by Alix Harris and the Beyond Ensemble. Written in collaboration with emerging writer Monique Day and including monologues by established writers Cairo Aibangee, Titiola Dawudu and Melissa Saint. The set was created by Exeter based Botanical Artist Bee Watson of Wild Hive Designs. 


In a world of feminist discussion, let’s make sure all voices are heard.

Photography- Dom Moore


This is a show about stories, personal stories, those that have stayed with us and those that are currently surrounding us. 2,000 stories is about one woman's relationship to empathy and asks the question what happens when we care too much?


2,000 Stories was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Mayflower 400 Cultural Fund. This show will be touring the UK in 2021. Please email to find out more.

Photography- Dom Moore


Through movement, text and photography, the performers reflect on the past, present and future and take inspiration asking the question Who's looking Back at You?

This project enabled Beyond Face to support two early career artists- writer Cairo McFarlane and choreographer Victoria Horan. 

This project was supported using public funding by National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Photography: Gem-Ward Photographer