The Elephant in the Room

Theatre (solo show, true-life)

  • Assembly Rooms - Powder Room
  • 14:20
  • Aug 18-27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Ines Wurth Presents
  • Warnings and additional info: Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing,Age Category: 12 and above (12+)
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Unapologetically Indian, irreverently American. The Elephant in the Room is a funny, tumultuous ride through immiscible cultures, love and loss, issues of race and the desperation of not belonging anywhere. The play navigates Priyanka's real-life journey as she transitions from her deeply embedded roots in India, to finding context and common ground in America. Standing room only at The Kennedy Center. 2020 Broadway World US Award winner for Best Play of the Decade and Best Performer of the Decade. 'Well-written show, nicely calibrated humour... she's a performer to watch' ( 'Amusing, relatable... incisive' (

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Situated on an astroturfed outdoor site.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Amanda Prabhakar 34 days ago

Powerful and touching. What a journey for this talented young woman. Long may it continue

Vicki 37 days ago

Engaging, comical, riveting, emotional - all the components you'd like to see in a short play. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dave Phelps 41 days ago

Emotionally powerful and engaging, amazing performance, I loved it!

Ray Nedzel 41 days ago

Don't talk about the Elephant in the Room? This show blows that old trope away. Talk about it. Her storytelling is both intimate and theatrical; personal and universal. It takes you a journey that challenges your assumptions and prejudgments - with cleverness, fortitude and humor - to a place called hope. Careful you don't miss the message for the laughter; but, hey, it's an elephant, you can't miss it!

Resolve Productions 43 days ago

A deeply intimate look into the the ways culture shapes who we are. Priyanka takes us through her personal journey with a tender hand and an open heart, sharing her insights, challenges, and revelations along the way. Funny, touching, and illuminating.

Marielle Birks 45 days ago

Incredible. Amazing performance and so powerful. Absolutely go see it.

Haddon Kime 45 days ago

Engaging and revelatory. A story of inner strength and resilience from an artist that has had to deal with rejection from the outside world, while questioning how deeply entrenched colonialism might be in her own mind. So glad I caught this show!

Damitha Dharmasena 46 days ago

A brilliant performance by Priyanka Shetty! She kept the audience fully engaged for an hour of intense, fast paced monologue, filled with humor. It takes an exceptional talent to perform in such an intimate setting where the audience is just a couple of feet away! It seemed so authentic and real that it could well have been Priyanka's real life story. If it is her real life journey, the performance is all the more commendable as she is sharing it with a room full of strangers. A must see show at the fringe in my view.

BH 48 days ago

Didn't like the way picture of the Indian culture has been painted. Its not true that Indian famillies duscriminate between a girl and a boy. In the recent commonwealth games, so many medals have been won by Indian sportswomen. They definately haven't done it without their parent's/family's support. Priyanka is a good actor but sorry to say didn't like the content of the show!

Maille-Rose Smith 50 days ago

Narrating her journey into the arts - and the racism and family pressures that follow her - Priyanka is an energetic and captivating performer: Hilarious, moving, and entirely authentic. The use of tarot cards and sound effects immerse the audience in her rich world, and there isn't a dull moment - from metal concerts to her home in India to audition rooms and university classrooms in the U.S. An exhilarating, "you'll laugh and cry" show!

Kerstin Schaefer 51 days ago

Captivating, intimate and deeply moving - Priyanka Shetty is an exceptionally talented actress and story teller. Make sure not to miss this show!

Suzanne H 51 days ago

Mesmerising and personal storytelling. Wonderful stuff!

Simon Birks 51 days ago

A great show, Priyanka breathes life and compassion into the story, which hit home with many of her tales of family life. Had me fixed from start to end. Must see.

Paul Archibeque 53 days ago

The Elephant in the Room is wonderful! Intimate and funny and illuminating. Go see it!

Swathi Chaitanya 54 days ago

Brilliant!!! Must watch show !

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Fringe Review 37 days ago

The show plays out backstage in the dressing room before her performance, the performer is anticipating the arrival of her parents, they will be in the audience tonight. She worries they will not like what they see, after all there is swearing and lots of personal family content. What will they think? It seems like she might not be able to go on.

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EdFringeReview (4/5 stars) 39 days ago

Thought-provoking, sincere, and boldly performed, The Elephant In The Room
provides plenty of food for thought

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 39 days ago

This is a loud and colourful play with a more thoughtful one tucked inside it.

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