from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Few Seats Left
Week of October 9 – 15
Week of October 16 – 22
Get to know the performers and creative team at a Talk-Back!
Live audio-description provided
Week of October 23 – 29
This performance has live sign-interpretation.
Pack your trunk for a jumbo journey as Jenny the elephant is captured and taken from India to America, far from her family and her forever friend, Opu. Swept up in the circus, she makes magic and history as The Vanishing Elephant with Harry Houdini himself, but Jenny never stops thinking of home. Watch in wonder as this puppet pachyderm grows from tot to teen to towering adult in an unforgettable tale from the imagination of Cahoots NI (Nivelli’s War, 2017).
Strong storytelling, dazzling illusions and special effects guaranteed to engage
—Culture Northern Ireland
Please note that the New Victory is temporarily relocating for three productions this fall due to some reconstruction in our home theater. Because of this, all performances of The Vanishing Elephant will take place at Stage 42 instead of the New Victory Theater.
Learn about this short-term change.
The show on stage is just one act of your family’s visit! Come early and stay late for free lobby activities and kid-friendly amenities—part of the New Victory experience.
Co-founded by Paul Bosco Mc Eneany and Zoe Seaton in 2001, Cahoots NI combines the visual delight of theater with the age-old intrigue of illusion. As magic lovers, they were inspired to create The Vanishing Elephant for the New Victory Theater, in part because Harry Houdini performed here. They often develop work for specific sites, collaborating with artists across Northern Ireland to craft high-quality and inventive theatrical experiences for kids and families.
The Vanishing Elephant is produced by Cahoots, supported by Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and presented in partnership with Belfast International Arts Festival with support from British Council NI.
Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney
Set and Costume Designer
Puppetry Designer and Director
Composer and Sound Designer
Let’s explore puppetry, find creative ways to advocate for endangered animals and uncover the true story of Harry Houdini’s legendary illusion.
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FREE Lobby Activities
Come early or stay late for artful activities and crafts!
Explore the arts from home!
Flex your creativity and stretch your imagination.