“We were eighteen years old, and just learning to love the world and being in it, and then we had to shoot it to bits.”
Following an international tour, the multi-award nominated and award-winning Incognito Theatre Company return to VAULT Festival with their critically celebrated adaptation of Erich Remarque’s tale, exposing the harrowing reality of trench warfare.
Told through the eyes of five classmates, this adaptation is gripping and unyielding in its treatment of the visceral brutality of war, an honesty that lends itself to Incognito Theatre’s unapologetically explosive physical style. ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ focuses on the harsh physical reality of this violent world from the perspective of the German forces, intercut with the vulnerability of human experience. An exploration of raw humanity and the power of brotherhood in the face of total bleakness, Incognito’s ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ exposes the personal sacrifices that were made for the sake of the Great War.
Incognito Theatre Company was formed in 2014 under the guidance of Pleasance Theatre Trust. Their mission is to stage socially conscious work in a physical way that makes the work accessible to all. Incognito’s style combines the textual language of the piece with the physical language of the actors that enhances the story. The company was founded by Angus Castle-Doughty, George John, Dan Whitlam, Alex Maxwell and Charlie MacVicar and welcomed Hannah Wisher as executive producer in 2016. The company first appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 with an inventive adaptation of ‘Government Inspector’. Following a sell-out, five-star adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Dorian Gray’ in 2015 this “immensely talented ensemble” [Fest] used striking physical theatre techniques to bring Remarque’s masterpiece, ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’, to the stage with vivid intensity. In 2017, Incognito returned to Edinburgh to reprise ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ and enjoyed a subsequent transfer to the Fringe Encore Series in New York. 2018 saw the company develop its first original piece of writing, ‘Tobacco Road’, which won the Les Enfants Terribles Greenwich Partnership Award. This “excellent, vibrant and eye-catching” [The 730 Review] production enjoyed a five-star sell-out run at the festival and subsequent transfers to the 2019 VAULT Festival, Greenwich Theatre and an international tour to Hong Kong. The company works closely with many associate artists including Roberta Zuric (The Wave, Almedia Theatre) and Anna Simpson. Incognito has grown exponentially in the past 12 months and are now a supported company of Greenwich Theatre. Similarly, following the success of the Hong Kong run of ‘Tobacco Road’, Incognito welcomed Lindsey McAlister, OBE as a patron of the company and embark on a working relationship with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation.
All Quiet on the Western Front
3 – 8 March 2020
Crescent – The Vaults, Leake Street
START TIME: 19:45
DURATION: 1hr 00m
AGE GUIDANCE: 15+