LaPelle’s Factory is the creative partnership between theatre makers Olwen Davies and Ollie Smith.
“Olwen and Ollie are great artists – full of ideas, great performers, and curious and exploratory in their making – fearless in trying out new things and prepared to thoroughly interrogate their material.”
Alex Kelly, Third Angel
“Ollie Smith and Olwen Davies ooze charm and darkness in equal measure, like some old fashioned double act gone off the rails.”
Richard Lowden, Forced Entertainment
“LaPelle’s Factory are an exciting company. They are intelligent theatre makers who imbue their work with humour. Audiences enjoy their ability to play dark moments alongside laugh out loud moments and to move them into thinking about the subject matter in unexpected but accessible ways. Ollie and Olwen are engaging performers and I think the work is great – a company to watch.”
Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director, Derby Theatre
“LaPelle’s Factory are a refreshing duo making playful work that delves deep into the human condition. Ollie and Olwen’s impressive individual experience as performers and theatre makers can be clearly seen not only in their performance but the way they approach making their work.”
Ruby Glaskin, Milk Presents
“LaPelle’s Factory are rapidly becoming one of the most exciting and innovative young companies in the region so we are delighted to have them as our company in residence.”
Michaela Butter, Artistic Director, Attenborough Arts Centre
After working as solo artists for a number of years, the first piece Ollie and Olwen made together was the purgatorial cabaret-gone-wrong Cat in Hell (2013).
They have worked with various other artists and companies including Maison Foo, Zoo Indigo, Michael Pinchbeck, Forced Entertainment, El Conde de Torrefiel, Spiltmilk Dance and Reckless Sleepers.
In addition to their theatre work, both lecture in theatre and performance within higher education institutions including the University of Lincoln, the University of Derby, De Montfort University (Leicester) and the University of Worcester.
LaPelle’s Factory also delivers workshops and masterclasses in performance, theatre making and devising.
Olwen holds an MA in Drama (2012) from De Montfort University.
Ollie trained as an actor at Bretton Hall (2007).