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Elixir at The Space

The great thing about London is the astonishing variety of fringe theatre here. SEEN ventured into the Isle of Dogs to see Elixir at The Space. If you haven’t been to this excellent venue, do go. As well as the theatre space there’s an excellent bar called Hubbub above. It’s a much-loved cultural community venue.

Elixir tells the tale of two wizards: Dr John Dee and Edward Kelley as they attempt to turn lead into gold, mud into a homunculus and try to discover the constituent parts to the elixir of youth, much desired by Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor. The dynamic duo has 24 hours to make their fortune or meet a grisly fate…

The cast gave first-rate performances to an appreciative audience. It wasn’t hard to transport ourselves back in time, as a parade of eccentric characters romped on and off stage. Female characters often get a raw deal in such pieces: designated ‘love or lust’ objects. Not so here. Our erstwhile heroes didn’t have it ALL their own way. Live piano accompanied the action and excellent sound work lent the play its uncanny aspect. Not for nothing did Dr Dee designate the Isle of Dogs as the ‘Omphalos of Empire’. SEEN will be attending other plays here in the future. Watch this space.

The Space
269 Westferry Road
Isle of Dogs
E14 3RS