This piece of new writing is based on the true story of a circus elephant named Tyke, who after suffering years of abuse, trampled her trainer on stage before rampaging through Honolulu.

This play uses theatrics, puppetry and live music to imagine what happened in Tyke’s life before the incident took place.


It ended with bullets. A hail of them.

Proudlove’s world-famous circus is crumbling. Faced with a financial crisis, the whole enterprise could fold within a year.  The ringmaster knows he needs to bring in the crowds to save it, and for this, he’s relying on his prize elephant :Tyke.

Faced with the task of teaching Tyke new tricks, groom Stefan hires an apprentice – animal handler, Veronica. The two fall in love, but their relationship is tested when she questions Stefan’s brutal training methods. 

Veronica does her best to make Stefan see that Tyke shouldn’t be put under the kind of pressure Proudlove expects, but not even she can save them both from the crack of the bullwhip.

Find out more about the true story of Tyke


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