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 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

Sold out 3-week run at the CAMDEN PEOPLES THEATRE & ROUNDHOUSE THEATRE transfer, 2019.

2020 SHOWS:
P.C Hooft Prize Showcase, 25th May, The Haut (Netherlands)
Suburban Festival, June 3rd - 5th June, Copenhagen
U.K tour, 31st September - 30th November (Venues to be announced)


Lanre has been commissioned to direct, choreograph and write his new short film THE CONVERSATION 
(currently in post-production.)

 The film will be exhibited theatrically in the UK by Verve Pictures in spring 2020, followed by screenings nationwide.

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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. Commissioned by BFI Doc Societ


London Short Film Festival (BFI) - 15th January

Salem Film Festival (USA) March 20 - 22

Aster Film Festival (Macedonia) July 31st - 2 August


Lanre is the Movement Director for the UK premiere of PASS OVER at the Kiln Theatre
(directed by Indhu Rubasingham).


A lamppost. Night. Two friends are passing time. Stuck. Waiting for change. Inspired by Waiting for Godot and the Exodus, Antoinette Nwandu fuses poetry, humour and humanity in a rare and politically charged new play which exposes the experiences of young men in a world that refuses to see them.

★★★★★ - The Times
★ - The Guardian

"Lanre Malaolu's inch-perfect choreography.."
(Theatre Weekly - Review) 

13 Feb - 21 Mar 2020


Lanre is the Movement Director & Choreographer for Roy Williams' award-winning boxing drama SUCKER PUNCH at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. 
(directed by Roy Alexander Weise)


Roy Williams’ bruising play examines what it was like to be a young black man in 1980s Britain and asks, how can you fight a system that’s desperate to see you fail?

19 June - 25 July 2020


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. Premiering 2021.

Supported by Jerwood Arts New Work fund and Battersea Arts Centre 



Figure (directed and choreographed by Lanre), is an experimental movement 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.

Centre Cívic Convent de Sant Agustí, Barcelona - 19th December