Dr. Mullins' Anatomy of the Theatre Royal was inspired by the true story of a performing elephant, Mademoiselle d’Jeck, who appeared in The Elephant of Siam and the Fire Fiend at the old Theatre Royal in Mosley Street in 1830. Mademoiselle d’Jeck was put on trial after crushing her keeper to death during their journey to Newcastle and let off with a fine of 5 shillings because of his cruelty. Unusually for November Club, this production took place in a traditional theatre although the action took place everywhere but the stage! The extraordinary story is told through the stories of Billy (a messenger), his girlfriend Rose and the diva-like actress Miss Fanny Montmorency.

Archive image of an elephant walking past Theatre Royal NewcastleThe successful original production was reworked later that year with a younger audience in mind as Dr. Mullins and the Case of the Elephant in the Dock.  November Club enlisted the help of pupils from Walkergate Primary School in Newcastle who worked with actors over several weeks.  The reworked show was then produced as part of the Juice Festival.

Credits:
Written By Fiona Ellis
Directed By Cinzia Hardy
Designed By Imogen Cloet
Music By Katie Doherty

Supported By:
Dr. Mullins' Anatomy of the Theatre Royal: Theatre Royal Newcastle upon Tyne, Lit & Phil, Arts Council England
Dr. Mullins and the Case of the Elephant in the Dock: Theatre Royal Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle/Gateshead Juice Festival, Sir James Knott Trust

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