It’s a reality that confronts Londoners every day, but how much do you notice the inequality existing side by side in the capital? Rhubarb Ghetto, premiering at next month’s VAULT Festival, captures the city’s stark contrasts in a raw, explosive story about life on either side of a London underpass.
Rhubarb Ghetto, presented by inkjockey ltd, runs for six performances only from 12 to 16 February 2020 at The Vaults. To access Mark Heywood’s new play that centres around a London underpass, theatregoers will access The Vaults via Leake Street’s own, famous graffiti-festooned underpass.
Billy is a gang leader tying up loose ends before disappearing to escape the clutches of a mysterious character named Pavel. Scarlet is the mother of their 15-year-old child.
Rhubarb Ghetto is an intimate portrayal of a relationship two decades in the making. It looks at choices and lost opportunities. It poses uncertain futures for the characters against the backdrop of life in London where rich and poor live side by side. It looks at the turf-war at the heart of the capital and the gentrification that has replaced council estates with hipsters, coffee culture, and urban allotments.
Life in London can change dramatically in the length of a single underpass. Luxury flats on one side. Gangs and drugs on the other. Whichever side of the underpass we live on defines our choices and our future. But in the shadow of City Hall, we all live in the Rhubarb Ghetto.
Rhubarb Ghetto is written and directed by Mark Heywood, co-writer of the best-selling Cordoba mystery novels by the pseudonymous Mark Dewar. It stars Damian Lynch, currently in the West End in Mischief Theatre’s The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, and Izabella Urbanowicz, whose recent credits include The Night Watch. Hetty Hodgson is assistant director.
inkjockey ltd is a creative solutions provider that “believes in the transformational nature of storytelling” and aims to “tell stories that move people”. In addition to a slate of creative projects across film, theatre and television, inkjockey provides a range of creative solutions for clients: whether you’re an actor getting ready for an audition, a writer looking for inspiration, or a business looking to harness the power of storytelling. They also run regular writing salons at London’s Hospital Club.
About VAULT Festival
VAULT Festival is London’s biggest, boldest and wildest arts and entertainment festival, hosting hundreds of events each year; reaching across theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, late-night parties, pop-up venues, and more. Now in its eighth year, VAULT Festival returns in 2020, running from 28 January to 22 March with a broad and diverse programme of more than 400 shows in venues throughout Waterloo. VAULT Festival is committed to being one of the fairest platforms in London for presenting innovative and daring work.
As part of this year’s VAULT Festival, Rhubarb Ghetto runs at Pit – The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN from 12 to 16 February 2020, with evening performances (60 minutes) at 9pm and Saturday matinee at 4.30pm. Tickets from £6.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!