2nd November 2021

SWINDON’S YOUNG TALENT PERFORMS THE ICONIC PLAY THE TERRIBLE INFANTS

RPA poster for the terrible infants

‘Naughty children, an invisible boy,
A girl telling tales and broken toys.
Step into the world of Les Enfants Terribles with their award winning show ‘The Terrible Infants’. 
Mischievous children do not listen,
Running wild, their only mission.
This delectably dark, succulently sinister, wonderfully woeful, collection of cautionary curiosities is performed in a comedic but dangerously maddening manner. 
Run wild in this world of wonder, 
Be transported as we follow 6 individuals in their journeys.
Enjoy the mishaps and shenanigans of this unfortunate few. 
But remember… 
Be careful what you wish for,
It might just come true.’

RPA Youngsters Staging Iconic Play
Young people from RPA (Revolution Performing Arts) Rapport CIC are working hard to make their next amazing live Swindon performance a visual and musical feast.

Based on the original Les Enfants Terrible, Oliver Lansley’s production of The Terrible Infants, is good, old-fashioned storytelling. The Terrible Infants production comprises a collection of cautionary tales told through puppetry, dance and storytelling. Dan Wyatt and Jim Stretton, both of whom are leaders at RPA, are the directors. RPA is one of the South West’s top performing arts companies for children and young people.

RPA Youngsters Staging Iconic Play - Dan Wyatt & Jim Stretton, of RPA Rapport (part of one of the South West’s leading performing arts organisations Revolution Performing Arts) who are directing The Terrible Infants by Oliver Lansley at the Swindon Arts Centre this month.
Dan Wyatt & Jim Stretton, of RPA Rapport (part of one of the South West’s leading performing arts organisations Revolution Performing Arts) who are directing The Terrible Infants by Oliver Lansley at the Swindon Arts Centre this month. 

Les Enfants Terrible/The Terrible Infants


Dan and Jim are quite new at RPA Rapport and this will be their first big directing job. Dan, who lives in North Swindon, joined RPA four years ago, but then left to go to drama school. He returned about two years ago to become a leader with Rapport. After studying acting at Bristol, Jim joined RPA whilst Dan was away at drama school. He then took on his first leader position with Rapport in June 2020.

Dan said: ‘It’s been my absolute pleasure and privilege to be a part of the wonderful team creating this performance. I’m filled with pride and happiness watching these gifted young people bring words on a page to life and see their confidence grow.’

Jim continued: ‘The storyline is great for big kids and small grown-ups, as it takes them back to a childhood state of curiosity. The production is very theatrical. It’s also a scary, funny, sad, silly, junk-filled, puppetry-packed, dark, delicious, musical, magical piece of performance!’

A cast of thousands …

… okay – nine – all young people from Rapport – plus four dancers have been rehearsing for five weeks. All the lines are scripted from the original, which has had a little editing. And, as there’s no main character, there’s equal division of the lines.

Oliver Lansley describes The Terrible Infants as his homage to all the great children’s stories he remembers from his youth. Be that Roald Dahl or The Brothers Grimm. And he remembers them because they were the ones that scared and excited him the most.

‘The young people have involvement in every part of the production process. That’s from the actors and the set design to the tech and stage management’, explained Dan. ‘The myriad of props and puppets have been either bought or adapted or created and painted by the talented youngsters. They are all so inspirational in their commitment to this performance.’

The productions also features compositions and music by professional musician, Sharron Lindo. Lindo is a multi-instrumentalist who has done much theatre work. The list includes Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the National Theatre and Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre.

When, where and all that stuff you need to know

The Terrible Infants performance takes place from:
Sunday November 21 to Tuesday November 23 at
The Swindon Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon.

The running time is 1 hour and 50 minutes including an interval. An age restriction of 11+ applies.