Olivier Award-nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War Epic, The Trench; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production.  

Written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by Alexander Wolfe, The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems. The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters? 

 

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Reviews

★★★★★ 

‘A truly epic piece of storytelling’ 

The Reviews Hub

★★★★★ 

 ‘A pitch perfect demonstration of atmospheric theatre’ 

List

★★★★★ 

‘An Explosive Blend of Storytelling’ 

Theatre South East

★★★★

‘A visually stunning, vividly realised wartime fairytale’

The Stage

★★★★
‘The overall vision stays with you like a strange, significant dream.’
Times 

★★★★
Exciting, slick and evocative’
WhatsOnStage  

★★★★★
‘Theatre which cuts deep and doesn’t heal until long after the curtain has gone down’
Fest 

★★★★
‘Spellbinding intensity
Sunday Express 

★★★★
‘You’ll be harrowed’
Sunday Times 

Cast

Edward Cartwright
James Hastings
Kadell Herida
Oliver Lansley
Alexander Wolfe

Written by Oliver Lansley
Orginal Soundtrack performed live by Alexander Wolfe
Directors: James Seager & Oliver Lansley
Designer: Sam Wyer
Original Lighting Design: Paul Green
Silhouette animation: Richard Mansfield
Sound Design: Liam McDermott

Associate Designer – Alice Cox

Associate Lighting Designer – Tim Kelly

Associate Lighting Designer – Peter Fennell

String quartet intro to The Landing written by Alex Metcalfe & Alexander Wolfe, played by The Wolfettes; Rachel Dawson (cello), Polly Wiltshire (viola), Catriona Parker (violin), Sarah Tuke (violin)

Special Thanks to: Malcolm & Gillian Lansley, Vicky Sanders, Malcolm & Jean Sanders, Luton Hat Factory, Wales Millennium Centre, The Pleasance, Sally Higginson, Elise Colledge, Harriet Darling, Megan Harrison, Lara Booth, Isabella Van Braeckel, Georgi Shire, Jude Christian, Natalie Richardson, Alex McCarthy, Doreen Braund, Anna Marsland, Louise Miles Crust, Odunsi Oluwatoyin.

First performed in 2012 with: CJ Boyd, Tim Jackson, Oliver Lansley, Conrad Sharp, and Alexander Wolfe.

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