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Dangerous Lenses  – The Vault Festival, London

Writer: Brooke Robinson Director:  Melissa Dunne Reviewer:  Richard Maguire This one-woman show about modern-day isolation begins with more than a nod to Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Looking out of her window, Ann sees and hears her neighbours, all of who seem similarly lonely. But in the middle of the night a new neighbour appears, and thus begins Ann’s obsession. He’s brought ...

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INTERVIEW: Immersive Theatre at The Vault Festival 2019

Immersive theatre is always popular at the VAULT Festival, and The Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire caught up with Joe Ball, co-director of the play Fight Night, which puts the audience right at the centre of the action. Fight Night created by Exit Productions is certainly boxing clever. Taking audience members behind the scenes of a boxing match, and then putting ...

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A Girl and a Gun – Vault Theatre, London

Writer: Louise Orwin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Blending media to create a disjointed, erratic effect mirrors the uncertain and slightly tense atmosphere created by the performance perfectly.   Louise Orwin has created a puzzling work - mixing moments of genuine discomfort with sharp observations alongside some that are just quite odd. Toying with the ideas of control and power in a ...

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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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