Oliver Lansley

Plays by Oliver Lansley


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Oliver Lansley's Immaculate is a comic variation on the virgin birth in which a young woman finds her life spiralling into confusion when she wakes up one morning, unaccountably pregnant. It was first performed by Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company as part of the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, on 3 August 2005.

The play takes place in a small bedsit belonging to Mia. Young, free and single, she hasn’t had sex for the last eleven and a half months. So when she wakes up one morning nine months pregnant, with the Angel Gabriel on her doorstep claiming parentage, she is understandably flummoxed. When her ex-boyfriend, Michael, then decides he’s the father, it seems it can’t get any worse. However, things take an even more surreal turn when Mia’s old classmate Gary turns up claiming it’s his baby – and suddenly Lucifer wants in on the action too.

The premiere production by Les Enfants Terribles was directed by Oliver Lansley and performed by Melanie Gray, Christopher Mellows, Matt Ian Kelly, James Seager, Nicole Lewis and Oliver Lansley.

The production was revived at The Space, London on 2 March 2006, and subsequently at the Corn Exchange, Wallingford; the Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe; the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton; Reigate Grammar and Oxted Country School, Surrey; the Old Red Lion, London; Croft Hall, Hungerford; Marlborough Theatre, Brighton; and Streetwise Fringe, Dubai. The cast was Sarah Kirkland, Christopher Mellows, Matt Ian Kelly, James Seager, Claire Westwood and Timothy Edwin Brown.

Oliver Lansley established Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company in 2002. Their first production, West, opened at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and won the Herald Angel Devil Award. Further productions at the Edinburgh Festival include: The Germinator (2003, winner of the Hairline Highlight Award); Bedtime Stories (2004); Immaculate (2005); The Terrible Infants (2007) and Ernest and the Pale Moon (2009). Other plays include: The Trench (Pleasance Courtyard, 2012).

His work for television includes FM (ITV, 2009); Whites (BBC, 2010); Little Cracker (co-written with Alan Davies, Sky 1, 2011); Beaver Falls (Company Pictures/E4, 2011) and Mr Sloane (Big Talk/Sky, 2014).

Oliver Lansley is also an established actor, having performed in many theatre productions ranging from Eddy in Berkoff’s Greek at the Riverside Studios, to award-winning one-man show, The Germinator. His film and TV credits include Best Possible Taste – The Kenny Everett Story, Holby City, Doctors, EastEnders and numerous other television productions and short films for the likes of Cinema Extreme, the NFTS and the British Council.