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‘Captivating writing & strong acting’: THE MESSIAH COMPLEX – VAULT Festival

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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.

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‘Intriguing & tightly written’: ALL BY MYSELF – Vault Festival

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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.

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‘You can’t help but leave feeling uplifted’: SCRATCHES – Vault Festival

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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”.

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‘Lively writing, physical comedy & audience interaction’: AROUND THE WORLD WITH NELLIE BLY – Vault Festival ★★★★

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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…

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‘A great foundation to an unconventional story’: PROJECT ATOM BOI – Vault Festival

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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).

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NEWS: Vault Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with new run from 25 Jan 2022

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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.

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NEWS: VAULT Festival postpones until 2022

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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.

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‘I would be fascinated to see how this piece develops’: Orangutan – Cup of Brew (Online review)

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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…