Elephant in the room

Something’s wrong. Can’t get out of bed, can’t concentrate, can’t shake the mounting tension. Something unspoken is building up, leaking out, taking over…

Fusing physical theatre, hip hop dance and spoken word, Elephant in The Room is an explosive solo that explores the mental health crisis and the phenomenon of toxic masculinity. This semi-autobiographical work, created and performed by Lanre Malaolu, takes a sharp sideways look at the insidious stigma around mental health issues, asking how race, class and culture can affect the way we choose to address them. And what happens when we don’t…

“The ‘elephant’ is never named, but it is shown – beautifully.” ★★★★ The Stage

"A powerful tour de force.” ★★★★ The Upcoming




Further 2020 dates to be announced...


Lanre has been commissioned to make his new film 

(currently in post-production.)

Press release: 


The Circle is a bold and lyrical portrayal of two young brothers, David and Sanchez, living on a Hackney council estate. The film gives a compelling insight into masculinity, mental health and the stigmas the brothers face daily - and how they process their emotions.

Combining dance with documentary, their story and the challenges they face are embodied through vivid movement sequences. The Circle questions what it means to be a young black man growing up in inner London, reinforcing the importance of family, friendships, and community.


Directed & choreographed by Lanre. Supported and commissioned by the BFI Doc Society

World Premiere, Sheffield Doc/fest

London Premier, Open City Documentary Festival 
(Nominated for BEST UK FILM award)

Leeds International Film Festival
(BEST UK SHORT FILM award winner)


Figure is an experimental dance film about boys growing up without fathers. It explores how early detachment from a father figure affects emotional growth and engagement with the world. Through a dynamic fusion of physical theatre and hip-hop dance, the film follows two young men as they search for answers both outside and inside themselves.

Directed and choreographed by Lanre.

Figure is officially selected for the BFATA recognised AESTHETICA FILM FESTIVAL (London), ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and has won multiple awards including the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD for LIGHTS DANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Toronto, Canada).

Barbican, London - Oct 2019
Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal - Sep 2019
Nairn Arts Festival, Inverness -Sep 2019


SAMSKARA untangles the questions, challenges and contradictions of what it means to be a black man in 21st century Britain.

Through a fusion of physical theatre, hip-hop dance and text, SAMSKARA follows the journey of four generations of black men and explores how cycles of fatherhood affect masculinity, concepts of vulnerability and the harbouring of emotional pain.

Currently in development.

Supported by Jerwood Arts New Work fund and Battersea Arts Centre