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Oliver Lansley is a writer, actor and director and the founder and Artistic Director of Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and television.

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Flies
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Flies

Oliver Lansley
 
Some people are frightened of small spaces… Some people are frightened of sharks… Dennis is terrified of flies. In a kill-or-be-killed fight for sanity, one man is determined to conquer his fear of flies, but as darkness falls, what is that ominous hum behind the door?

Review
Flies  is a quirky, off-beat comedy that not only garners great laughs, but also recognises the trappings of phobia, getting to the heart on the issue.” –  Public Reviews 



Cast : 2M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-214-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure
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Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure

Oliver Lansley
 
A magical tale of two brave little toys who fall off the back of Santa's Sleigh on Christmas Eve. Not wanting their new owners to wake up to no presents, they set off on an epic journey to find their stockings. Encountering all kinds of weird and wonderful characters along the way, this play for children is a silly, snowy, seasonal odyssey about two toys’ mission to save Christmas.

Presented here in both story book and play format, and packed full of charming illustrations this is a delightful tale for young children, just in time for Christmas.



Cast : 13M, 5F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-136-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Immaculate
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Immaculate

Oliver Lansley
 

A laugh-out-loud comedy first seen at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, published alongside an extensive UK tour by Les Enfants Terribles in 2006.

You're young, free and single and haven't had sex for the last eleven and a half months, then one morning you wake up pregnant and to make matters worse the Angel Gabriel is on your doorstep claiming parentage...

Review
'Genuinely a laugh a minute, with some real strokes of comic genius.'  Metro

Cast : 4M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-944-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Infant, The
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Infant, The

Oliver Lansley
 

Are we paranoid? Or are they really out to get us?

They have a picture, a picture that could spell the destruction of civilised society, a plan so devastating it would change the World as we know it. They must put a stop to it. They have a suspect, tied to a chair, a hood covering his face. The only problem is the suspect claims the picture was drawn by his four year old son. They have the suspect’s wife, but she claims her son couldn’t have made the picture. Who’s telling the truth? What is the truth? And does the truth really matter any more?

Review
The Infant  is a highly assured, absurdist piece with many resonances for today’s climate of fear, suspicion and arbitrary justice... This clever premise develops through interrogations, violence and circular logic into a penetrating look at police paranoia and state-led authoritarianism. Lansley shows himself a gifted playwright –  The Stage



Cast : 2M, 2F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-228-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Les Enfants Terribles
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Les Enfants Terribles

Ernest and the Pale Moon / The Vaudevillains / The Terrible Infants

Oliver Lansley
 
Les Enfants Terribles: Collected Plays presents a thematic trilogy of plays from one of Britain’s most innovative theatre companies. As a document of the company’s progress over its ten-year history, the collection also features production photos, design sketches and introductions to each play. 
  
T he Terrible Infants (2007)  
Blends puppetry, live music, performance and storytelling to present a series of twisted tales for children and adults. Inspired by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. 

Ernest and the Pale Moon (2009) 
A noir horror based upon a tale of murderous envy. 
  
The Vaudevillains (2010) 
A dark miniature musical whodunnit. When the owner of The Empire music hall is murdered, everyone’s a suspect.

Review
Oliver Lansley of Les Enfants Terribles has found that winning formula of talent, charm and absolute irreverence –  The Stage



Cast : Ernest and the Pale Moon - 3M, 2F / The Vaudevillains - 6M, 5M (doubling possible) / Ernest and the Pale Moon - 7M, 6F (doubling possible)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-163-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Trench, The
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Trench, The

Oliver Lansley
 

A new play inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he discovers another 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 blends Les Enfants Terribles’ acclaimed brand of physical storytelling, verse, puppetry and live music from Alexander Wolfe.


 

 

Cast : 4M (doubling)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-453-9 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB