War drama digs deep

Scene from The Trench
Scene from The Trench

As the centenary of World War One looms, the true story of a miner trapped in a tunnel during the conflict will be told at The Dukes this April.

The Trench is an awardwinning play which achieved a sell-out five star run at the Edinburgh Festival and will be on a nationwide tour when it calls into the Lancaster theatre on April 23 and 24.

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.

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, with music by Alexander Wolfe who has performed with musicians like Jamie Cullen and Paul Weller before embarking on a solo career.

The Trench is recommended for anyone aged 11 plus. Following the April 23 performance there will be a post show talk-back. To book tickets priced £13/£11 concessions, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.