Thursday, 14 July 2016

Les Dramaturgy Terribles @ : Oliver Lansley @ Edfringe 2016

There is a lot of interest in this theatre company at the moment following their huge success with Alice's Adventures Underground at the Vaults in Waterloo, Dinner at the Twits which is believed to be the first adult adaptation of Roald Dahl and is an incredibly immersive theatrical dining experience and their newly created Sherlock Holmes experiences at Madame Tussauds.
·       They really are doing something innovative and unique in their space.
·       In celebration of their 15th consecutive Fringe they are bringing The Vaudevillains to the Assembly Speigltent.

What is special about this, well there are lots of things:
- This show has only been performed ONCE at The Fringe, over five years ago to a sold out crowd
- Oliver is looking to take up the lead acting role, something he hasn't done in a very long time for his own theatre company
- The whole Alice's Adventures Underground team are coming together for this show, the same writer, composer, designer and director.


How did you go about gathering the team for it?
We've done the show (only once at the Fringe!) before but revisiting something like this is always exciting as you get to approach it fresh. So it's a mix of old and new. Cast and creative wise. It's exciting I think this time we're making it a bit seedier and sexier...

How did you become interested in making performance?
It's something I've always done for as long as I can remember. I would put on shows at school and in my back garden. I think it comes from a love of stories and enjoying exploring different ways of telling them.

Was your process typical of the way that you make a performance?
Our process is never really 'typical' I don't think, as every time we do something new it tends to be a bit unique, and a crazy terrifying challenge. This is a musical in a Spiegeltent, the last show was an immersive Sherlock Holmes experience in Madame Tussauds, before that was an outdoor show set on a hot air balloon... and the next show is a dinner party with Roald Dahl's The Twits!

What do you hope that the audience will experience?
Fun and a great story. To be utterly entertained.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?
We always think of ourselves as the audience first and foremost and try and make work we'd love to experience.

Do you see your work within any particular tradition?
I think there's definitely a sense of the old school travelling players to Les Enfants. We rock up somewhere a mad bunch of misfits and tell some stories. We're traditionally untraditional.

Les Enfants was started by two friends about 15 years ago. They wanted to take their shows to the Fringe for their friends to enjoy. Their popularity has grown tremendously in the last few years, with the same core team driving it forward. It is a very exciting time for this company and we’d love to share that excitement with you.

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