Elf Lyons: Love Songs to Guinea Pigs

Presented by Elf Lyons

Award winning comedian and clown Elf Lyons presents a surreal tale of love and loneliness. In the style of a 1980s Elton John rock concert.

In August Elf applied for Vault with a show - it was going to be a physical clown show with dance, tap, rock n roll and the splits.

In October 2018, Elf was taken to hospital and told it was best she never perform again.

After months lying on her back and recovering from spinal surgery, Elf had to rethink what she was going to do*. This is the show she devised in response : A work-in-progress show about being a work-in-progress.

Live Music, Mime, Clowning and entirely true stories, join Elf as she embodies her inner Elton on an absurd narrative of love, heartbreak, hospitals, friendship, romance, re-learning your own body and rodents.

This is the perfect show to take a tinder date to, an ex, a friend who is going through a difficult divorce, that guy you know from your book group, your step-mum as an attempt to ‘bond’ and indeed your work team on a social outing. Or just come on your own and be a legend.

(*One of the things Elf DID decide to do was rescue two Guinea Pigs.)

21:1513 — 15 Feb
Network Theatre
1hr 00m
Combo OfferMusicSurrealTheatrical
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About the company

Elf Lyons

Elf Lyons is an award winning comedian and clown. Known for her distinctive comedic voice, physical clowning and eccentric live performances - she mixes stand-up, sass, music, drag and astute social commentary to create chaotic spectacles on stage.

Adelaide Fringe Pick Of The Fringe Winner
Fringe World Best Comedy Show Nominee
Edinburgh Festival Best Show Nominee
The Sunday Times 'Ones to Watch'
British Vogue's 'Twenty Names of Now'

Previous work in the last year has included:
- the ★★★★★ sell-out theatre show 'MEDUSA' in association with the National Southampton Theatre Laboratory at the Nuffield Theatre (October 2018); her ★★★★★ sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe (August 2018) with 'CHIFFCHAFF'- a one woman musical about the economy; and her global tour of 'SWAN', a show which gained her an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for Best Show, a nomination for a Malcolm Hardee Award, a Perth FRINGE WORLD nomination for Best Comedy Show and won her Pick of the Fringe award at the Adelaide Fringe.

Elf is a graduate of L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier, the Duckie Homosexualist Summer School at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and a member of Soho Young Company’s Drag and Cabaret course.


Writer and Performer: ELF LYONS:
Creative Consultant and Guinea Pig Chaperone: TERRY JOHNSON

Press & Reviews

Praise for previous work:

The Scotsman - 'This is comedy as enchantment, a show so beguiling that you don’t just love it, you somehow fall in love with it.'

The Telegraph - 'Joyously daft... wildly overambitious... guaranteed to leave you with a big, goofy smile.'

Evening Standard- 'If you prefer your comedy going to the edge then toppling right off that edge try Lyons.'

I Paper - 'A natural clown [...] so charismatic you can't take your eyes off her.’

The Guardian - 'A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective "kooky" could have been invented for.'

Young Perspective - 'The most wonderful stand-up comedian I have seen.'

Three Weeks - 'Hysterical tour de force.’

The Times- 'An ordeal.'