War Drama ‘The Trench’ Digs Deep

 

The Trench - Theatre Production

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:

22nd
March
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Old Town Hall
www.oldtownhall.co.uk
23rd
March
PETERBOROUGH, Key Theatre
www.vivacity-peterborough.com
25th
March
CAMBRIDGE, Mumford College
www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre
26th – 27th
March
NORWICH, Playhouse
www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk
28th
March
BANBURY, Mill Arts Centre
www.themillartscentre.co.uk
3rd
April
BASINGSTOKE, Central Studio
www.centralstudio.co.uk
4th
April
GREAT YARMOUTH, St Georges Theatre
www.stgeorgestheatre.com
5th
April
DISS, Corn Hall
www.disscornhall.co.uk
10th
April
LIVERPOOL, Unity Theatre
www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
11th
April
WOLVERHAMPTON, Arena Theatre
www.arena.wlv.ac.uk
12th
April
PONTADAWE, Arts Centre
www.pontardaweartscentre.com
13th
April
MALVERN, Theatres
malvern-theatres.co.uk
15th
April
TWICKENHAM, St Mary’s University College
www.smuc.ac.uk
16th
April
NESCOT, Nescot College Theatre
www.nescot.ac.uk
17th
April
HERTFORD, Theatre
www.hertfordtheatre.com
18th
April
OXFORD, North Wall
www.www.thenorthwall.org
19th
April
HEDGE END, The Berry Theatre
www.theberrytheatre.co.uk
20th
April
FOLKSTONE, Quarterhouse
quarterhouse.co.uk
21st
April
CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian
www.gulbenkian.org.uk
23rd – 24th
April
LANCASTER, Dukes
www.dukes-lancaster.org
25th – 27th
April
HARROGATE, Theatre
www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk
2nd – 3rd
May
NEWTOWNABBEY, Theatre at the Mill,
www.theatreatthemill.com
4th
May
LISBURN, Island Arts Centre
www.islandartscentre.com
7th
May
LEIGHTON BUZZARD, Theatre
www.leightonbuzzardtheatre.co.uk
8th
May
ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
www.westendcentre.co.uk
10th – 12th
May
BRIGHTON, The Old Market Theatre
www.theoldmarket.com
13th
May
NEW MILTON, Forest Arts Centre
www.forest-arts.co.uk
14th
May
CATERHAM SCHOOL, Caterham
www.caterhamschool.co.uk
15th
May
HAVANT, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre
www.thespring.co.uk
16th
May
WINDSOR, Firestation Arts Centre
www.firestationartscentre.com
17th
May
NEWBURY, Arlington Arts Centre
www.arlingtonarts.co.uk
18th
May
BEDFORD, Theatre
www.bedfordtheatre.co.uk
21st
May
CHIPPING NORTON, The Theatre
www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk
22nd
May
SALFORD, The Lowry
www.thelowry.com
23rd
May
PWLLHELI, Neuadd Dwyfor
www.gwynedd.gov.uk/neuadd-dwyfor
24th
May
ELLESMERE, Ellesmere college
www.ellesmere.com
28th – 30thMayLONDON, Pleasance Islington
www.pleasance.co.uk
25th
May
ABERGAVENNY, Borough Theatre
www.boroughtheatreabergavenny.co.uk
31st
May
TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Trinity Theatre
http://www.trinitytheatre.net
1st
June
DIDCOT, Cornerstone
http://www.cornerstone-arts.org.uk
4th
June
BERKAMSTED SCHOOL
www.berkhamstedschool.org
5th
June
HALIFAX, Square Chapel Arts Centre
www.squarechapel.co.uk
6th
June
YORK, Theatre Royal
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
8th
June
BARNSLEY, Civic
www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

First published on the Charley’s War web site

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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