After its Covid cancellations for the past two years, the annual VAULT Festival has announced it will return to its Waterloo home in the new year. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 2022 event, produced by VAULT Creative Arts, will run from Tuesday 25 January to Sunday 20 March, and will feature more than 600 shows of new theatre, comedy, immersive experiences, cabaret, live performance and live events.
Tickets for initial productions are now onsale with the full line-up due to be announced on 23 November 2021.
VAULT Festival Director & Co-Founder Andy George said:
‘We’re thrilled to be celebrating VAULT Festival’s 10th birthday by welcoming back artists and audiences to the festival. The last 21 months have been incredibly hard for everyone in the cultural sector, especially freelancers; we want VAULT Festival 2022 to be a beacon on the horizon that everyone can look forward to and to add colour and vibrancy to the cold winter months that lie ahead.
‘We’re incredibly grateful to all the artists, audiences, partners, and staff who’ve worked with us and supported our mission over the past two years, and the eight that came before it, to mean we can still be here today presenting the brightest and boldest artists & live performance makers of our time.’
Representation in the festival is seen both in the demographic of the artistic creators as well as in the style, content and format of the works: this is highlighted across the works announced as part of the VAULT Five, a nine-month mentoring programme for early and mid-career live performance makers, elevating their careers to the next level.
Among the highlights so far announced are:
- Julene Robinson, currently performing in the West End’s Get Up Stand Up, who brings The Night Woman exploring one woman’s relationship to darkness and the associated language and connotations. Through poetic storytelling, music and sounds the narrative will unfold through a dramatic physical display of journeying into the dark using Jamaican folk storytelling and movement.
- Acclaimed Birmingham Poet Laureate Casey Bailey transforms his poetry collection Please Do Not Touch (June 2021) into a two-person play, looking at the irony and hypocrisy of ‘Please Do Not Touch’ signs in stately homes and museums, when the items they ‘protect’ should not be there at all as they belong to other countries and cultures.
- Gemma Barnett fuses spoken word, dialogue, and music in Agatha: based on real-life events, it explores female[inherited trauma that begins with a denied abortion in the 60s and then goes on to tell the story of three generations of women battling lost dreams, addiction and each other.
- The Silver Bell from Irish writer Alan Flanagan (Dark Shadows, BBC; Hollyoaks) explores grief and the desperation we feel to get back the ones we love, even if we really know that that’s not possible.