Les Enfants Terribles are set to dig in with The Trench at Southwark Playhouse

Inventive theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles, are bringing their World War One drama, The Trench to London’s Southwark Playhouse this autumn.

The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner, Burt, who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One.

As the horror threatens to engulf him, Burt 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.

The full cast is Oliver Lansley as Burt, Edward Cartwright, and newcomers Kadell Herida and James Hastings, with live music from Alexander Wolfe.

Written by Les Enfants Terribles’ artistic director, Oliver Lansley, The Trench blends physical storytelling, verse, puppetry and live music.

The play is co-directed by Lansley and James Seager, Les Enfants Terribles’ producer, with an original soundtrack, written and performed live by Alexander Wolfe.

Oliver Lansley is the founder of Les Enfants Terribles and writes nearly all of their productions.

His work includes The Game’s Afoot, Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Terrible Infants, The Trench and The Vaudevillains.

As an actor he notably played Kenny Everett in the BAFTA-winning The Best Possible Taste for which he was nominated as Best Actor award at the RTS awards.

The Trench runs at Southwark Playhouse from October 10 – November 17. On Sunday, November 11, there will be a special performance at 3pm.

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