By GLEN PEARCE
Organisers are busy preparing for London’s fifth VAULT Festival, which opens in just over two week’s time.
For 2017 the festival welcomes over 200 new shows across theatre, comedy, music, dance and film, and, for the first time, events take place not only in the original location under Waterloo Station but at satellite venues Network Theatre and Morley College.
The festival runs for six weeks (25 January to 5 March 2017) and alongside the performances, there’s the usual variety of bars, food and late night parties that once again look set to make VAULT the place to be this spring.
Among the highlights on offer is The Neath, produced by the team behind The Crystal Maze, a subterranean members bar for the supernatural, offering festival goers the chance to interact with some of London’s finest and most daring immersive theatre companies.
Bush Theatre’s emerging writer’s group member Camilla Whitehill returns to the festival, this time exploring the death of her Grandmother, male and generational grief, repression and trauma in working class families in On the Crest of a Wave.
Run down Essex coastal town Jaywick, one of the most deprived areas of the country, features in the darkly comic Carry on Jaywick. First seen at Suffolk’s Pulse and HighTide festivals, the work sees the four cast members tackle 30 characters in a verbatim drama, while Tim Foley heads to Hartlepool and space in his look at Brexit Britain, the North/South divide, and immigration in Astronauts of Hartlepool.
Continuing the space theme, Summer Nights in Space is a one-act musical that follows an astronaut responding to a distress call, with a reluctant crew in tow.
These are just the tip of the iceberg for a packed programme and full details can be found at www.vaultfestival.com