As the centenary of World War One looms, the true story of a miner trapped in a tunnel during the conflict is being be told at theatres across the UK.
The Trench is an award-winning play which achieved a sell-out five star run at the Edinburgh Festival andis on a nationwide tour until the end of June.
The production is the work of Les Enfants Terribles, who have been critically acclaimed as a ‘razor sharp theatre company’ will blend live music, puppetry and physical performance to capture the drama of being entombed in a tunnel during the Great War. The play follows him as he encounters demons buried in the mud and comes to terms with the loss of his wife and infant child back home.
Inspired by the story of a miner, The Trench shows that everything in the darkness is not always what it seems as he starts to discover a new, strange 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 Trench is written by Oliver Lansley (BBC2’s Whites, ITV2’s FM and Sky’s Little Crackers) with music by acclaimed artist Alexander Wolfe, who has performed with many artists including Jamie Cullen and Paul Weller before embarking on a solo career.
Les Enfants Terribles have performed productions to thousands of people all over the world and has toured extensively throughout the UK.
The Trench is recommended for anyone aged 11 plus.
Tour Dates remaining are as follows:
|HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Old Town Hall|
|PETERBOROUGH, Key Theatre|
|CAMBRIDGE, Mumford College|
26th – 27th
|BANBURY, Mill Arts Centre|
|BASINGSTOKE, Central Studio|
|GREAT YARMOUTH, St Georges Theatre|
|DISS, Corn Hall|
|LIVERPOOL, Unity Theatre|
|WOLVERHAMPTON, Arena Theatre|
|PONTADAWE, Arts Centre|
|TWICKENHAM, St Mary’s University College|
|NESCOT, Nescot College Theatre|
|OXFORD, North Wall|
|HEDGE END, The Berry Theatre|
23rd – 24th
25th – 27th
2nd – 3rd
|NEWTOWNABBEY, Theatre at the Mill,|
|LISBURN, Island Arts Centre|
|LEIGHTON BUZZARD, Theatre|
|ALDERSHOT, West End Centre|
10th – 12th
|BRIGHTON, The Old Market Theatre|
|NEW MILTON, Forest Arts Centre|
|CATERHAM SCHOOL, Caterham|
|HAVANT, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre|
|WINDSOR, Firestation Arts Centre|
|NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre|
|CHIPPING NORTON, The Theatre|
|SALFORD, The Lowry|
|PWLLHELI, Neuadd Dwyfor|
|ELLESMERE, Ellesmere college|
|28th – 30th||May||LONDON, Pleasance Islington|
|ABERGAVENNY, Borough Theatre|
|TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Trinity Theatre|
|HALIFAX, Square Chapel Arts Centre|
|YORK, Theatre Royal|
First published on the Charley’s War web site