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VAULT Festival 2019 Recommendations

This time last year, we were only just starting to get Rory’s adventure underway and beginning rehearsals for ‘A Hundred Words for Snow’ at VAULT Festival. It goes without saying that the opportunities that VAULT Festival gave us have done wonders for the show, and really allowed us to get the show off the ground.

This year, we’re giving VAULT a miss (well, a few of the team are bringing some shows but more about that later…). However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of shows that you should be seeing and supporting. VAULT nurtures some of the best emerging artists and fills underground tunnels with supportive, creative energy – just because Rory isn’t there, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go on your own little theatre adventure.

Admittedly, we’re a little bit late in writing this post as we’re already one week into the Festival. Our Week 1 favourites included Inside Voices, Dangerous Lenses and Lola (starring our very own Gemma Barnett).

Luckily, there are still 7 MORE WEEKS of theatrical mystery to be had. Here are a few of our top tips…

 

HEAR ME HOWL

‘One woman, her drums and a whole lotta rage against the patriarchy. A comedic post-punk pregnancy scare.’ We’re really looking forward to catching this piece by Lydia Rynne, directed by Kay Michael.

30 – 31 January 2019

 

SALAAM

A new play by Sara Malik, exploring Islamophobia and what it’s like to be Muslim in London today.

30 January – 3 February 2019

 

SPACE OPERA: A WORK IN PROGRESS

‘Space. The Future. It’s got to be the answer right? Eventually?’ James Rowland returns to VAULT Festival with a brand new show. If you haven’t seen any of his previous work, you’re really missing out.

6 – 10 February 2019

 

LANDSCAPE

‘A razed forest, a cluster of blooming mushrooms, and two people journeying towards the horizon. One foot in front of the other.’ Emergency Chorus have created some incredible and unique work – we cannot wait to see what else they’ve got in store.

13 – 14 February 2019

 

THE LAST NINE MONTHS (OF THE REST OF OUR LIVES)

Written by writer and producer extraordinaire, Michelle Barnette, we cannot wait what she’s got in store for us this time. ‘For anyone who has ever made a choice because someone else wanted them to and asks one question: who owns your body when you’re in love?’

20 – 24 February 2019

 

VESPERTILIO

Directed by the inimitable ‘A Hundred Words for Snow’ director, Lucy Jane Atkinson, this show is bound to be bat-tacular. ‘A new play about love, loneliness, lies and bats. The story of one man’s obsession and the charming young runaway he meets in the dark’

20 – 24 February 2019

 

I WILL STILL BE WHOLE (WHEN YOU RIP ME IN HALF)

‘A poetic interlinking of monologues devoted to family, inherited trauma and the essential violence of whiteness.’

27 – 28 February 2019

 

ALCATRAZ

Directed by Emily Collins and written by Nathan Lucy Wood, this show looks like it’s going to be one of the best at VAULT this year. Also, ‘A Hundred Words for Snow’ Associate Sound Designer, talented Annie May Fletcher, is doing the sound design so that’s bound to be incredible.

27 February – 3 March 2019

 

HOLLY MORGAN IS A WITCH, GET HER!

Holly Morgan returns with a brand new show that’s bound to be a hit. After seeing ‘Madonna or Whore’ and ‘Seven Crazy Bitches’, we’ll be there in the front row!

27 February – 3 March 2019

 

LADYKILLER

We’ve been dying to see this show for a while now and this is our change! ‘A hotel room, a maid and a dead woman’ – what’s not to love?

27 February – 3 March 2019

 

JAMIE SAVES THE WORLD 3: THE RETURN OF THE DIMINISHINGS

After ‘Jamie Saves the World’ and ‘Jamie Saves the World 2’, we couldn’t not return for ‘Jamie Saves the World 3’. Perfect for those sci-fi nerds.

28 February – 1 March 2019

 

DANGEROUS GIANT ANIMALS

After a fantastic first few runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre in July, ‘Dangerous Giant Animals’ experienced tremendous success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We’re excited for it to return to London!

6 – 10 March 2019

 

DONAL THE NUMB

Directed by Katie-Ann McDonough, this is your opportunity to ‘meet the medical marvel himself’. We cannot wait to see more work directed by this incredible woman.

6 – 10 March 2019

 

FINDING FASSBENDER

Another show that comes from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a ton of success, we’re really looking forward to finally catching this production. It has a phenomenal creative team behind it and is bound to be one of our favourites!

15 – 16 March 2019

 

ANNA X

Finally, we recommend ‘Anna X’ by the writer of last year’s success ‘Brilliant Jerks’ and directed by Daniel Raggett. If you’re observant, you may even recognise a producer that you know too! ‘A new play about the nature of narcissism’.

13 – 17 March 2019

 

Phew! A long list and that’s not even everything that’s worthwhile seeing… Off you go, jump into the unknown!

Wait… That’s a marketing line for another festival…

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