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, Co-Artistic Director, Third Angel
“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, Creative Producer, In Good Company / Milk Presents
“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 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
Olwen and Ollie have received funding and commissions, platforms and development opportunities from Arts Council England, In Good Company (Derby/Leicester/Mansfield), the HopBarn (Southwell), Camden People’s Theatre, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, greenroom & hÅb (Manchester), Hatch (Nottingham), Emerge (Leeds), circuit (Leicester), NewVolutions (Lincoln) and Compass Live Art (Leeds).
They have worked with various other artists and companies including Zoo Indigo, Michael Pinchbeck, Forced Entertainment, El Conde de Torrefiel, Theatre Writing Partnership and Reckless Sleepers.
The first piece they made together was the purgatorial cabaret-gone-wrong Cat in Hell (2013).
In addition to their theatre work LaPelle’s Factory also deliver workshops and masterclasses in performance, theatre making and devising. The company work within higher education institutions as guest tutors and lecturers.
Olwen holds an MA in Drama (2012) from De Montfort University. Ollie trained at Bretton Hall (2007). Both have toured extensively across the UK and beyond.