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Oliver Lansley

OLIVER LANSLEY

  (1981 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Curtis Brown Group Ltd  

Oliver Lansley an accomplished writer, director and actor. as an actor he has worked in numerous productions on both stage and screen from Berkoff's 'Greek' at the Riverside Studios and the award-winning, self-penned one man show 'the Germinator' to 'eastenders', 'Holby City' and numerous short films for the likes of Cinema extreme, the NFTS and the British Council. He is a published playwright, has been a Royal Court Young Writer and has written a series of original projects including 'FM' for Channel 4 in which he also starred. He has developed several original television projects with companies such as the BBC, World Productions, Objective, Pozzitive Television and Channel Four.

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        Alices Adventures Underground         Bedtime Stories         Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs         Charlie's Empire         Dr Longitude's Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie         Ernest And the Pale Moon         Flies         Germinator, The         Holly And Ivan's Christmas Adventure         Immaculate         Infant, The         Terrible Infants, The         Trench, The         Vaudevillians, The



Alices Adventures Underground

Synopsis:
In the Vaults deep underneath Waterloo Station discover Wonderland in all its nonsensical glory. Journey down the rabbit hole to gorge on cakes that will have you bumping your head on the ceiling, smoke a pipe with the Caterpillar as he tells you his psychedelic tale and take tea with the maddest of Hatters; all whilst trying to avoid losing your head at the hands of the fearsome Red Queen.

Notes:
written by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo

1st Produced:
The Vaults, Waterloo, London    09 Apr 2015

Organisations:
Les Enfants Terribles

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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piece

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Male:  9+            Female:  9+            Other:  -

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Bedtime Stories

Synopsis:
a collection of Monologues and Duologues; Bedtime Stories explores our pre-conceptions and stereo-typical expectations of the male and female psyche. Sometimes puerile, sometimes poignant, always honest. It's set in a bed, in a bedroom, in those last few moments, while we lay in bed awaiting sleep and our brains are left to wander around aimlessly. It examines our own personal forms of logic and our abilities to convince ourselves of the existence or non-existence of events occurring in our own realities. Our desires, our paranoia and our fears of not complying to 'the norm', not being understood and most of all our fear of ourselves. Played out in a series of male and female train-of-thought-style monologues it in turn examines and parodies our ideals of gender stereotypes. Funny and at times shocking, Bedtime Stories is a play that starts when the lights go out.

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

Synopsis:
When Flinn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn's help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose, and Flinn and his friends soon sail into trouble....Will fearless Flinn be able to captain the ship and defeat the pirate dinosaurs?

Notes:
adapted by Nicole Lewis and Oliver Lansley from children's story by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto

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Organisations:
Petits Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
TYA adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Charlie's Empire

Synopsis:
Charlie's empire is a wickedly funny 'whodunnit' set in the gaudy limelight of the empire Music Hall. When proprietor Charlie is murdered, anyone could have done it. Was it the knife-thrower? Was it the magician? We know where and when, but as for 'who?' and 'why?'- you'd be surprised!

Notes:
book, music And lyrics by Oliver Lansley And Tomas Gisby

1st Produced:
Electric Theatre, Guildford    15 Jul 2010

Organisations:
Surrey Youth Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
TYA

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dr Longitude's Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

Synopsis:
Roll up for the most magnifical, tremendible and fantasticulous experience in town! Ever wanted to count a Decapus' legs? Or wondered what a Whistling Pank eats? Would you like to catch a glimpse of the fabled 'Massive Paw', lick a Tresillian toad? Or see a cow that looks like Brian May? Then you've come to the right place! Dr Longitude and his team of 'experts' are here to guide you through a puppet-packed, ludicrously lyrical and magically musical tour of the Imaginary Menagerie's finest exhibits. From the acclaimed award-winning creators of The Terrible Infants.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe Festival    30 Jul 2014

Organisations:
Les Enfants Terribles

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Physical theatre, Children's, 1 hour

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Ernest And the Pale Moon

Ernest And the Pale Moon
a noir horror which combines live music, physical storytelling and stylized design, this spine-chilling tale of obsession and murder has been written by the multi-award-winning Oliver Lansley, and produced by the team behind the Terrible Infants

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Pins and Needles Productions

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Music:
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Genre:
Thriller 60 min

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Flies

Flies
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?

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Pins and needles production

1st Published:
Oberon Books (2011) >>>    978-1849432146

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Germinator, The

Synopsis:
the play is a dark fairytale about the life of an extraordinary young man, his journeys, experiences and the vast array of bizarre characters he's encountered along the way. Our Storyteller leaps in and out of the weird and wonderful caricatures, in a completely original piece that explores the darker sides of human nature in a way we can all understand. a Fairy Story unlike any you've ever seen before.

Notes:
Winner of 2003 'Hairline Highlight Award'

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Genre:
Dark Fairytale

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Holly And Ivan's Christmas Adventure

Holly And Ivan's Christmas Adventure
a brand new Christmas story for children, Holly and Ivan's Christmas adventure is 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 them. Presented here as both a story book and a play, Holly and Ivan's Christmas adventure is packed with charming illustrations.

Notes:
inspired by An original idea by Pins And Needles Productions. Adapted for the stage by Oliver Lansley And Emma earle

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Oberon Books (2011) >>>    978-1849431361

Music:
-

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Genre:
tya Christmas story

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  doubling

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Immaculate

Immaculate
Girl meets boy, Girl leaves boy, Girl doesn't have sex for eleven and a half months, Girl gets pregnant, Girl meets angel, Girl meets Fallen angel, Girl ponders fate of unborn child. 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! This is the situation Immaculate's young heroine finds herself in, which is unexpected to say the least, considering the fact that as a part-time mistress she isn't exactly 'the Virgin Mary'. To make matters worse her highly-strung boyfriend Michael turns up, blind with panic, convinced that the child is his, closely followed by Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness, who is adamant the unborn baby belongs to him! 'Immaculate' is a black comedy of misconceived conceptions that deals with religion, relationships and responsibilities.It explores the reality of immaculate conception and how it would be received by a generation of non-believers. It asks the questions many of us would like to ask God if we ever got the chance.

Notes:
Fest 'Critic's Choice'

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record 2006 Page 391

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Infant, The

Infant, The
they have a picture, a picture which 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? are we paranoid? Or are they really out to get us? What effect have the politics of fear had on our society? How much we will believe and what will we do to save ourselves when we feel we're under threat? are we under threat? and if so what is justifiable? Can the myth of terror be more dangerous than the truth and could the biggest threat to our way of life be our own paranoia?

Notes:
Winner Hairline Highlight Award

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Genre:
Black Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record 2006 Page 1016

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Terrible Infants, The

Terrible Infants, The
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.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival    Aug 2007

Organisations:
-

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  2 musicians

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Trench, The

Trench, The
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 whats real, whats 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.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    Aug 2012

Organisations:
Les enfants Terribles with Wales Millennium Centre, Luton Hat Factory

1st Published:
Oberon Books (2012) >>>    978-1849434539

Music:
-

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Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Vaudevillians, The

Vaudevillians, The
everyones a suspect as we discover the secrets of all the weird and wonderful acts who have found themselves upon the empires bill. a macabre musical of murder and music hall, the Vaudevillains is night not to forget! Think La Clique meets Moulin Rouge, meets Jerry Springer the Opera meets Sweeny Todd. From the team that brought you the multi-award winning the Terrible Infants and ernest and the Pale Moon - Murder, mystery and mayhem combine with Les enfants Terribles dark, twisted wit and inventive theatricality as they present their brand new musical extravaganza.

Notes:
music by Tomas Gisby

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Les enfants Terribles Theatre Company

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Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy with music

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 08 Page 407

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