A blend of Orwell’s 1984 and the American Horror Story TV series, The Messiah Complex is a dystopian thriller that explores the extremes of conflicting belief systems. It takes place in a society where religion is banned and treated as a mental illness, and those who oppose scientific dogma are prosecuted without scruples. Sethian, a prophet who grapples with inner conflict, is held captive in a complex where a scientist – someone really between a nurse and a political propagandist – attempts to correct his behaviour.
‘Intriguing & tightly written’: ALL BY MYSELF – Vault Festival
The question All By Myself at the Vault Festival leaves you asking is would you still be curating your personal life for just one online click if it was the end of the world? Co-writers Charlotte Blandford (who also performs the piece) and Jessica Bickel-Barlow (who directs) have created an intriguing piece that shows that Part of the Main continue to explore the boundaries which drive fringe theatre.
‘You can’t help but leave feeling uplifted’: SCRATCHES – Vault Festival
The subject of Aoife Kennan’s Scratches is a tough one for many reasons – one of which is that, for very good reasons, she can’t actually talk openly about it. And so a sort of code develops between performers and audience over the course of this courageous, devastating and yet simultaneously very funny one-hour show, in which any reference to its core topic is described only as “the Thing”.
‘Lively writing, physical comedy & audience interaction’: AROUND THE WORLD WITH NELLIE BLY – Vault Festival ★★★★
Nellie Bly (1864-1922, played by writer/performer Katie Overstall) is set for an adventure, and she doesn’t want to be stuck writing on her newspaper’s gossip column.
Inspired by the novel Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne, she plans to bea…
‘A great foundation to an unconventional story’: PROJECT ATOM BOI – Vault Festival
Project Atom Boi follows the story of Yuanzi (Xiaonan Wang), a doomer who, pressured by a self-indulgent Filmmaker (Francesca Marcolina), starts re-exploring the memories of her childhood in China. Yuanzi grew up in Factory 404, a Cold War ghost town in the Gansu province that was built in the fifties with the sole purpose of hosting a nuclear weapon. As Yuanzi travels back in time, we also meet her childhood best friend Erdan and her grandfather (both played by Kelvin Chan).
NEWS: A seminal cult classic doc about the Black Queer experience in NY becomes verbatim theatre in The Goat Exchange’s Jason
American ensemble The Goat Exchange will makes its UK debut with the world premiere of Jason at London’s Crescent Theatre from 24-29 January 2023 as part of the VAULT Festival 2023. Director Mitchell Polonsky’s production is a verbatim, recorded delivery staging of Shirley Clarke’s cult classic Portrait of Jason, a seminal documentary on the Black and Queer experience in 1960s New York and one of the most influential films in cinema.
Watch out for: Spotlighting more of the lost shows of Vault Festival 2022
This is the second in a series highlighting shows and companies that should have played during at this year’s cancelled Vault Festival and should have a future life elsewhere.
‘An intelligent & enjoyable example of contemporary political theatre’: THE 4th COUNTRY – Park Theatre
History is a prison. Often, you can’t escape. It imprints its mark on people, environments and language. And nowhere is this more true that in Northern Ireland.
Watch out for: Spotlighting some of the lost shows of Vault Festival 2022
The recent news of the cancellation of the whole Vault Festival 2022 is undoubtedly a big blow to both fringe theatre performers and audiences.
This post is the first in a series highlighting shows and companies who should have played during the eig…
NEWS: Vault Festival cancels tenth-anniversary programme featuring 600+ shows
Organisers of London’s VAULT Festival, which was due to return this month bigger and better than ever, today announced that the entire 2022 programme has been canceled in the face of continuing uncertainty with the Omicron variant.
NEWS: Full programme released for 600+ shows in 2022 Vault Festival
The full programme is now announced for VAULT Festival 2022, which returns to London from 25 January to 20 March 2022 for its tenth anniversary.
NEWS: Vault Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with new run from 25 Jan 2022
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.
NEWS: Vault Creative Arts announces a development programme for new, early & mid-career artists
VAULT Creative Arts, producers of VAULT Festival, the UK’s leading independent showcase of live performance, has announced an ambitious programme of new opportunities to find, nurture and support writers, directors, and live performance makers at a time when opportunities have been greatly diminished.
Roustabout Theatre’s founders reflect on a challenging but creative year
The founders of Roustabout Theatre privilege have turned the challenges of 2020 into creative ideas and continue to find joy in sharing their stories and laughter with people of all ages.
NEWS: VAULT Festival postpones until 2022
The next full, live version of the VAULT Festival will be postponed until 2022. In consideration of the significant financial and safety risks brought about by Covid-19 and that each festival takes ten months to create, the organisers believe the “difficult but necessary decision” is in the best interests of its artists, staff, and collaborators.
‘Plenty of genuinely moving dramatic moments’: ABOUT 500 – Vault Festival (Online review)
If men were the people expected to plan their lives around having children with any expediency, there would be no gender wage gap.
‘As entertaining as it is educational’: LUNA – Roustabout Theatre Company
It’s a brilliant piece of theatre which will no doubt capture the imagination of anyone interested in space, and is one of those shows which genuinely works as well (if not better) for the adults as it does for the kids.
‘I would be fascinated to see how this piece develops’: Orangutan – Cup of Brew (Online review)
Orangutan is presented by Cup of Brew, written by Toby King, directed by Fiona Kingwill, and performed by Louise Waller. We first meet Alice sitting on her messy bed, overflowing with cushions and clothes. Her mind shoots off in all directions. She’s surrounded on all sides by the audience.
Orangutan is presented by Cup of Brew, written by Toby King, directed by Fiona Kingwill, and performed by Louis…
NEWS: Coronavirus pandemic – An update on theatre closures in the West End & across the country
My Theatre Mates have been collecting official announcements of theatre closures up and down the country in the Twitter thread below and will continue to add updates as they come in.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Step into the rehearsal room for of diplomatic drama The Ballerina
You can feel the tension in Irene Gomez-Emilsson’s rehearsal room images for The Ballerina. That’s only right, as the drama tells the story of a brutal interrogation. Take a look then book your tickets!