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Father of Lies – The Vaults, London

Writers: Sasha Roberts and Tom Worsley Director: Stephen Sobal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Science or the supernatural, what do you believe? Are there rational explanations for all the odd things that happen in the world or should we be more like Hamlet and believe there are more things in heaven and earth? Father of Lies, performed at the Vault Festival, considers ...

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Das Fest  – Vault Festival, London

Writer: Philipp Oberlohr Director: Margot Newkirk Grambow Reviewer: Richard Maguire There’s something for everybody at this year’s Vault Festival taking place under the arches at Waterloo: theatre, comedy, cabaret, music and dance.  Unfortunately, Das Fest, a mindreading show from Austria doesn’t seem to be for anybody.  Das Fest translates as The Party, but it’s not a party you’d want to ...

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Nest  – Vault Festival, London

Writer: Katy Warner Director: Yasmeen Arden Reviewer: Richard Maguire Jade and Liam live in a decaying council block in an unnamed town. Druggies gather in the stairwells, and leave their used needles sticking into the bannisters. Gangs roam around the estate collecting shopping trolleys that they throw from the roof of the tower blocks. ‘What does it look like?’ Liam ...

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Stud  – Vault Festival, London

Writer and Director: Paloma Oakenfold Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Vault Festival has now reached its halfway point, and, so far, has proved to be the place to see exciting new writing. The Festival is also hosting some courageous shows concerned with gay men in sport. Two weeks ago we had Gypsy Queen, which explored the relationship between two gay boxers, ...

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You – The Vaults, London

Writer: Mark Wilson Director: Sarah Meadows Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Loneliness and shame are the abiding feelings of very young women forced to give-up their child for adoption, but while families did all they could to hide this social indiscretion from their neighbours, incidences were quite widespread. Mark Wilson’s 2015 narrative play You which is revived at the Vaults Festival demonstrates ...

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One Duck Down – The Vaults, London

Writers Alice Bounce, Maxwell Taylor and Owen Jenkins Director: Christa Harris Reviewer: Maryam Philpott When David Attenborough launched a flock of rubber ducks into the sea to track the movement of plastic around the world in Blue Planet II, as well as highlighting the long-lasting impact of polluting our oceans, he also created an influential television moment. Taking inspiration from ...

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Becoming Shades  – The Vault, London

Director: Laurane Marchive Reviewer: Richard Maguire If one were consigned to Hell, it may look like The Vault under the arches at Waterloo Station with its damp, peeling walls, and the constant rumble of trains overhead could be the sound of the furnace where one’s soul would burn indefinitely.  Becoming Shades, a dark, sexy circus based on Persephone’s descent into ...

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