Les Enfants Terribles are delighted to announce, “THE TRENCH”, will have a strictly limited run at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 10 October to Saturday 17 November 2018. Press Night is Tuesday 16 October 2018.
“THE TRENCH” is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he discovers another world beneath the mud and death. Setting off on an epic journey of salvation, the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur as he questions what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?
The play is making its London debut as the country commemorates the First World War Centenary. On Sunday 11 November there will be a special performance at 3.00pm.
Written by Oliver Lansley (Les Enfants Terribles’ Artistic Director), “THE TRENCH” blends physical storytelling, verse, puppetry and live music. The play is Co-Directed by Oliver Lansley and James Seager (Les Enfants Terribles’ Producer) with designs by Samuel Wyer, Lighting Designs by Paul Green and original soundtrack written and performed live by Alexander Wolfe.
Oliver Lansley is the founder of Les Enfants Terribles and is an actor, TV show creator and scriptwriter. He has developed work for the BBC, Channel 4 and HBO Drama and co-created the BBC 2 series Whites and the Rose d’Or nominated ITV2 series FM. As an actor, he’s best known for playing Kenny Everett in the BAFTA-winning “The Best Possible Taste” for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the RTS Awards. His other credits include: “The Wrong Mans”, “Sherlock” and “Misfits”. As a playwright, his work includes “The Infant”, “The Terrible Infants”, “The Trench”, “Ernest and The Pale Moon” and “The Vaudevillains”.
James Seager is Les Enfant Terribles’ Producer and Director. He has fifteen years of experience in theatre, television and film. Involved with Les Enfants Terribles initially as an actor, he moved to directing and producing shows in 2005. He has produced and directed many award-winning shows for the company including most recently The Terrible Infants” at Wilton’s Music Hall, “Inside Pussy Riot” at The Saatchi Gallery, the Olivier Award nominated “Alice’s Adventures Underground” and “Dinner At The Twits” at The Vaults.
Alexander Wolfe is a songwriter, composer, artist and long-time collaborator of Les Enfants Terribles. To date he has released three solo albums, a critically-acclaimed debut (Morning Brings a Flood), an intimate follow-up (Skeletons) & his recent & most ambitious work, 2015’s From The Shallows. The Sunday Times declared his albums ‘Beautiful’, Q and Uncut awarding them 4 stars and The New York Post was evangelical in its praise, stating that his debut was ‘The most beautiful album heard in years, Period’. His previous work with Les Enfant Terribles includes “Alice’s Adventures Underground” for which he composed and performed ‘The Mock Turtles Lament’.
Les Enfants Terribles’ work includes award-winning, international stage shows such as “The Trench”, “The Terrible Infants” and “The Vaudevillians”; ground-breaking immersive work including Olivier-nominated “Alice’s Adventures Underground”, “Dinner at the Twits” and “Inside Pussy Riot”; innovative outdoor family touring work such as “The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie” and “The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory”; and large-scale public events and installations in the corporate and cultural sectors for the likes of The British Library and the V&A. Run by Oliver Lansley and James Seager the company is dedicated to creating original, innovative and exciting theatre.