Les Enfant Terribles’ The Trench follows the story of Bert, an older man wanting to serve his country during WWI, and is assigned the task of digging for explosives under No Man’s Land.
Les Enfants Terribles uses its own unique style to offer a refreshing outlook on World War I, but there are moments in which the style of the show doesn’t quite work with the story.
The Trench, conceived, written, co-directed and performed by Oliver Lansley and his lively company, Les Enfants Terribles, was inspired by the story of Sapper William Hackett, the only tunneller to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in saving the lives of fellow-men but sacrificed his own.
I love site-specific, promenade theatre – particularly when it’s based on a classic story I’m already familiar with. Throw in some freedom to make decisions on what you see, and it’s all the more exciting.