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Trainspotting Live – The Vaults, London

Writer: Irvine Walsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher & Greg Esplin Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s customary for reviewers to quote a line or two from a production to give a feel for what the audience can expect, however, in this case there isn’t a single line that can be printed in full. Trainspotting is, to put it lightly, extreme. ...

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Foreign Body – The Vaults, London

Writer: Imogen Butler-Cole Director: Fran Moulds Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘I’m fine,‘ says a voice at the start of this 40-minute dance show about the trauma of sexual abuse. But the voice is at odds with the solitary performer, creator and writer Imogen Butler-Cole, who moves slowly inside a crescent of tall standing mirrors. It’s very clear that she’s not fine, ...

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Ok, Bye  – The Vaults, London

Writer and Director: Vicki Baron Reviewer: Richard Maguire One of the recurring themes of this year’s Vault Festival seems to be about how we deal with the death of a parent. Creating new rituals in their wake, The Dead Show and Be Prepared focussed on the death of a father, while Sparks and Words, Words, Words reflected on the sense ...

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Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy  – The Vaults, London

Writer: Matthew Greenhough Director: Jonny Kelly Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘Bismillah! No, we will not let you go  – let him go.  Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go’ are the instantly recognisable lyrics from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and this song haunts Matthew Greenhough’s powerful play about a British soldier captured by ISIS in Iraq. As the ...

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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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