FLIES Comes to Edinburgh Fringe
In a kill-or-be-killed fight for sanity, one man is determined to conquer his phobia of flies, but as darkness falls, what is that ominous hum behind the door?Featuring live music mixed on stage, Flies tells the skin-crawling mind-buzzing tale of a man teetering on the edge of reality and fantasy; a man on a rollercoaster mission to free himself from fear. Pins & Needles Productions (Mr Popper's Penguins) and Olivier Award nominated Les Enfants Terribles (Alice's Adventures Underground) present an absurdist tale that will leave your skin crawling with fear and mind buzzing with excitement.Oliver Lansley is the founder and Artistic Director of Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company. As a writer, he has developed work for the BBC, Channel 4 and HBO Drama and co-created the BBC 2 series Whites and the Rose d'Or nominated ITV2 series FM. His theatre credits include, The Infant , The Terrible Infants , The Trench , Ernest and The Pale Moon and The Vaudevillains . As an actor, he's best known for playing Kenny Everett in the BAFTA-winning The Best Possible Taste, which earned him a Best Actor nomination at the RTS Awards. His other credits include: The Wrong Mans, Sherlock and Misfits. Oli is a past winner of Channel Four's Multi-Talented Award and also a Broadcast magazine HOTSHOT. His original comedy series Flack about a PR company is currently shooting, starring Anna Paquin, and will air on POP TV and UKTV. He is also adapting Tibor Fischer's hit dark comedy novel Good To Be God for Keshet, and developing a new original drama series. Ed Patrick (Kid Carpet) makes electronic punk folk pop music out of whatever's lying around. Over the last 15 years Kid Carpet has garnered himself an international reputation as a pioneer of catchy, lo-fi electro-pop music. Having released 4 albums, toured with acts like Arcade Fire, Badly Drawn Boy, Willy Mason and worked with cult film director Alex Cox. He started off his theatre career by making up songs for his two year old and since then has become one of the most popular children's theatre creators around. Pins and Needles Productions are passionate about telling stories with innovation and imagination, using bold visuals and ambitious staging, encouraging audiences to take an imaginative leap into theatre. "Highly original and deliciously quirky" (THE GUARDIAN). Previous work has reached audiences across the UK and internationally, their Musical Mr Popper's Penguins transferred to Broadway and the West End. They have worked alongside Raymond Briggs' to adapt two of his well-loved books; Father Christmas, which has played the Lyric Hammersmith for six consecutive years, and The Bear (also playing at the Pleasance). Other shows include their 5* family adaptation of Little Mermaid and Scoop by award winning writer Bea Roberts, Ernest and the Pale Moon, Gizmo Love and a forthcoming production of the Scarlet Pimpernel at the Theatre Royal Bath. Pins and Needles are a female-led Director/Designer partnership, run by Olivier-Nominated Director Emma Earle and Designer Zoe Squire. 'Razor sharp theatre group Les Enfants Terribles' (THE TELEGRAPH) is one of the most innovative and exciting theatre companies working today. Their work includes award-winning, international stage shows such as The Trench, The Terrible Infants and The Vaudevillians. Groundbreaking immersive work including Olivier-nominatedAlice's Adventures Underground, Dinner at the Twits, The Game's Afoot and Inside Pussy Riot . Innovative outdoor family touring work such as The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie and The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory and large-scale public events and installations in the corporate and cultural sectors for the likes of The British Library, the V&A, Stella Artois and Toyota among many others. Run by Oliver Lansley and James Seager the company is dedicated to creating original, innovative and exciting theatre. Known for their striking visual aesthetic and innovative use of props, puppetry and live music they are constantly pushing themselves to explore new ways of telling stories and immersing audiences in the weird and wonderful worlds created by their shows.