The Trench

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?

Dates

2012

18th June - 27th August

2013

28th March - 7th June

2014

14th October - 30th November

2015

9th - 14th November

2018

28th September - 17th November

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"A truly epic piece of storytelling"

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"A pitch perfect demonstration of atmospheric theatre"

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"An Explosive Blend of Storytelling"

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"A visually stunning, vividly realised wartime fairytale"

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"The overall vision stays with you like a strange, significant dream"

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"Exciting, slick and evocative"

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

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"Spellbinding intensity"

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"You’ll be harrowed"

Cast & Creative Team

Cast
Edward Cartwright
James Hastings
Kadell Herida
Oliver Lansley
Alexander Wolfe
Creative Team
Oliver Lansley
Writer & Director
James Seager
Director
Alexander Wolfe
Soundtrack
Sam Wyer
Designer
Paul Green
Original Lighting Design
Richard Mansfield
Silhouette Animation
Liam McDermott
Sound Design
Alice Cox
Associate Designer
Tim Kelly
Associate Lighting Designer
Peter Fennell
Associate Lighting Designer

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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