The Trench

A World War I epic blending live music, puppetry and physical performance to tell a story of anguish, hope and facing your demons.

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?


Edinburgh Fringe

01 - 27 Aug 2012

UK Tour

28 Feb - 07 Jun 2013

UK Tour

14 Oct - 30 Nov 2014


09 - 14 Nov 2015

UK Tour

28 Sep - 06 Oct 2018

Southwark Playhouse, London

10 Oct - 17 Nov 2018

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The Trench is now available to license for schools. As one of our best-known productions, this show is the perfect option for students to utilise their creativity to create the space and practice working with puppets.