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Warped  –  VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Martin Malcolm Director:  Russell Lucas Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Some 50 years after their arrest, Reggie and Ronnie still hold their appeal. Films like Legend and The Krays continue to mythologise their lives and glamourize the violence they perpetrated. It’s not too hard to imagine young men of today being lured by the Krays’ signature starched white shirts and their pristinely ...

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Leave a Message – VAULT Festival, London

Writers: James Mitchell and Ed Coleman Director:  Jessica Rose McVay Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Week 5 at the VAULT Festival, and it seems to be busier than ever down in the tunnels under Waterloo station. Opening proceedings this week is Leave a Message, a thoughtful play about alcoholism, but despite some strong performances it does seem slightly too conventional for a ...

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LGBTQ+ Preview: Week 5 at the VAULT Festival

We’re just over halfway through the VAULT Festival and already there have been some standout LGBTQ+ plays such as the dark Kompromat, based on the unsolved murder of Gareth Williams, the ‘gay spy’, and Velvet which told the story of a young actor catfished by a casting agent. The Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire talked to three of the people behind three queer ...

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The D Word  – VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Jordan Waller Director:  Max Gill Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The D Word is Jordan Waller’s slick one-man show about origins and grief. We are never quite sure what the D word is. At first it seems to stand for Dawn, the name of one of his lesbian mothers. But as this one-hour play progresses other words starting with D seem just ...

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LAUNCH: Guest Director Rokia Traoré announces Brighton Festival 2019 program

England's largest annual curated multi-arts festival is back. In its 53rd year, the Brighton Festival is this year guest directed by Malian singer-songwriter, Rokia Traoré and promises to be a celebration of multi-cultural story telling, with a key focus on dance and music. Traoré herself is bringing three exclusive performances to Brighton. A mix of Malian storytelling and music, structured ...

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Monkey  – The VAULT Festival, London

Writer: David K. Barnes Director:  John Rushton Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In writer David K. Barnes’ parallel world, life is much the same in the coastal towns of England; people still eat ice creams and beauty contests are banned, but, strangely, dancing monkeys are still a seaside entertainment. This is the set-up for a dark parable on gaslighting, and yet, despite ...

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INTERVIEW: Dance and The VAULT Festival 2019

As the VAULT Festival enters its fourth week, The Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire talked to Kane Husbands about his new show GIRLS, the follow-up to last year’s phenomenal BOYS. A dance piece with words, GIRLS looks at the pressure on all women to conform to a certain stereotype. Kane Husbands created his physical theatre company, The PappyShow, in 2013, and ...

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Kings of Idle Land  – The VAULT Festival, London

Writer and Director: Conor Hunt   Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Oldham 2001, and a race riot turns the streets alight as Pakistani residents build barricades against the police, and white racists. Hammad and Michael take refuge in a park after being chased by men they cheerily call ‘knob heads’. In the middle of this mayhem, the two 17-year-old boys can become ...

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