VAULT Festival 2019 – 20 shows to see

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With less than a week to go before the 2019 VAULT Festival opens, I wade my way through the catalogue and come up with 20 shows I think you should catch – in their own words.

Now in its seventh year, VAULT Festival returns this year from 23 January to 17 March with a broad and diverse programme of more than 400 shows in a range of atmospheric venues throughout Waterloo. And as ever, the remit is to be as big and bold as impossible, with the festival featuring theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, late night parties, and much more besides.

It can be a little overwhelming to figure out what you want to see, the majority of shows run for a week (Wednesday to Sunday) so you’ll need to move pretty sharpish once you’ve decided – there’s the VAULT Combo deal which saves you money booking more than one show. To help you, I’ve identified 20 shows (and it could have been so many more!) that appealed to me and asked them to sell themselves in 10 words or less in order to grab your attention.

Lola – I’ve always known I could do something like this.
Thomas – Thomas explores the challenges of Asperger’s, confronting maturity and manhood.
Open – Two Husbands. One Hundred Lovers. A Modern Day Romance.
Kompromat – Death, deceit, denial, desire: the last hours of a London spy.
Fatty Fat Fat – One size fits nobody theatrical fat f*ckery.
Hear Me Howl – A comedic post-punk pregnancy scare.
Jericho – Journalist covering wrestling realises the world’s brokenness is not news.
The Half Moon Shania – A feminist-fuelled 60 minutes of riotous gig theatre fun!
We’ve Got Each Other – The solo… almost entirely imagined… Bon Jovi Musical!
I Would Like to Get to Know You – Love, lust and loss: a comedy on modern dating.
Sexy Lamp – How I became an actor. A light comedy. With shade
Tobacco Road – 1920s London brought to life in gritty gangland physical production.
A Wake in Progress – A uniquely told interactive story of love, death and funerals
Fight Night – Heavy hitting, boxing champ crowning, interactive theatre, decided by you.
Celebrate – Howard has finally found his calling in life – funerals.
How To Date A Magical Creature – Famous magical creatures reveal all in hilarious, ‘hard-hitting’ chat show
Ladykiller – Chambermaid takes The Psychopath Test, and fails. Bloody funny
Notflix – All-female, feminist, improvised movie-musical , 100% more songs, 99% more women!
Vulvarine – Bridget Jones meets Spiderman in hilarious, sell-out, feminist superhero musical.
10 – 5 performers. 10 stories. One riotous celebration of History’s Heroines.

Get booking and maybe I’ll see you at one or more of these shows!

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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."
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Ian Foster on FacebookIan Foster on RssIan Foster on Twitter
Ian Foster
Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."

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