For six weeks theatre and performance ventures underground – literally!VAULT Festival is home to more than 100 different shows, from outrageous comedy and cabaret to hard-hitting political theatre and international dance.

Hidden beneath Waterloo, Vault hosts eight venues, three bars and even a restaurant!

For more information visit www.vaultfestival.com

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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INTERVIEW: Jimmy Osborne on Maisie Says She Loves Me

Playwright Jimmy Osborne and long-time collaborator David Aula were the hit of The Vault Festival in 2014 with their adaptation of The Cement Garden. Now the pair return to the festival with their new show Maisie Says She Loves Me. Osborne sat down with Glen Pearce to talk about the show and the process of writing.  You’ve written Maisie Says ...

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10 Minutes with… Prom Kween writer Rebecca Humphries

In 2016, for the first time in American history, a boy won the coveted crown of Prom Queen at his high school in New York City. Now, Matthew Crisson, who identifies as “non-binary” (meaning neither male nor female), has become the subject of a new play written by musical comedy duo Rebecca Humphries and Joanna Cichonska. PAUL COUCH caught up ...

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Notflix – VAULT Festival, The Network Theatre

Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Of course, you will never see the show that’s being reviewed here. The performers of the Waiting For The Call improv company have created a smashing set up whereby they take a film suggestion from the audience, think for about three seconds about what it means, and then launch into a belting musical rendition of a ...

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Protect and Survive -The Vaults, London

Protect And Survive at Vault Festival

Writer: Michael Ross Director: Andrew Pritchard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The 1980s feel like an important decade in modern history; an era defined by political individualism, the end of the cold war, the explosion of pop culture and the threat of medical conditions like HIV. For teenagers of that era, the world was changing fast, and as Michael Ross’s new ...

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