The cast of 40 Elephants as the 1920s' 40 Elephant Gang, looking cool and staring into the camera daringly, holding their instruments. Left to right: arm resting on the table, drinking his glass of whiskey; elbow on her accordeon tipping her hat; holding her violin and bow; holding drumsticks, holding her saxophone, leaning on his contrabass.
Photography by Primrose Bigwood
The cast of 40 Elephants as the 1920s' 40 Elephant Gang, looking cool and staring into the camera daringly, holding their instruments. Left to right: arm resting on the table, drinking his glass of whiskey; elbow on her accordeon tipping her hat; holding her violin and bow; holding drumsticks, holding her saxophone, leaning on his contrabass.
Photography by Primrose Bigwood
The cast of 40 Elephants as the 1920s' 40 Elephant Gang. They're all fighting, using their musical instruments as weapons.
Photo by Primrose Bigwood

Stowaway Theatre presents

40 Elephants

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Brand-new Devon-based actor-musician company Stowaway Theatre presents 40 Elephants, a musical inspired by research into the true stories of the 40 Elephant Gang; Britain’s first female crime syndicate.

“When I have need of something, I am a lot like other people; I take it.”

Is it worth the risk when you have everything to gain and nothing to lose? What would you do?

It is 1927 and Alice Diamond, the former leader of the 40 Elephants, has just been released from prison and is ready to entertain an audience with the true tales of the gang’s exploits.

Follow the rise and fall of Britain’s most notorious girl gang; their rules, raids, consequences, and betrayals, as they struggled to escape the world they were born into, gaining wealth and fame by whatever means necessary.

Glamour, violence, feisty female gangs, music, and mayhem… you better be ready for the 40 Elephants!


Read our exclusive interview with writer and composer Lizi Bennett to find out who the 40 Elephant gang were, why their story still matters today, and how the Northcott Futures Programme helped to bring them to the stage.


Access performances

Fri 23 Feb, 8pm
BSL-interpreted performance, interpreted by Siobhan Green

Age 12+
This performance contains themes of violence, domestic violence, crime and suicide

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