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VAULT VIGNETTE: Florence Keith-Roach on Eggs

How would you describe your show in one sentence?

A dark comedy about female friendship, fertility and freaking out.

Is this your first visit to the VAULT Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

No, my play Love to Love to Love you played at VAULT 2015. It was a comedy musical about sex, disco and loneliness and we performed in the dank, rumbling tunnel that is the cavern. It was great.

How has the show developed on the way to the tunnels?

After a pretty tough and terrific work in progress run at the Edinburgh free fringe last summer, I learnt a lot about the play, and went away to rewrite it and think about how to develop it for the vast Crescent stage at VAULT Festival. The text is now entirely more honed, with a new focus and a bolder, more abstract structure. I have also now been able to build a team of designers and practitioners who have responded to the text and are creating a visual and aural world to frame the action on stage.

How have you been preparing for VAULT Festival?

Being a small team we have been having to work very hard to bring everything and everyone together for what is a big step for us. We are on the VAULT’s biggest stage, for their longest run, so not only do we have a lot of tickets to sell, we also have to adapt the piece so that it can fill and enrapture a much bigger stage. We have had to do a lot to prepare. The creative producer Lucie Massey has been incredible, calmly facing crises at every turning. The play has also excitingly been chosen to be published by Nick Hern Books, so I have also been working very hard on the text, making sure it is fit for eternal print.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

I can’t speak for the other offerings as I haven’t seen them yet, but Orphee productions is a diverse, female-led collective dedicated to telling stories that challenge gender disparity. Our show is exploring on stage under exposed territories of female friendship and systemic societal pressures. It has something important to say about the world we live in and the effects of our neoliberal society has on young people in London today. It is also written for and about women in their late twenties, a group who don’t normally get plays written for them, and it is designed by a host of really incredible artists in their own right. We are hosting talks and workshops for students and offering a lot of discounted ticket deals. We are creating a non-conventional theatrical experience, with the aim of encouraging people to come who do not normally go to theatre.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s VAULT Festival (apart from your own!)?

You are me and I am you by Lily Ashley and After the heat we battle for the heart by Tallulah Brown.

If your show was a creature lurking in the depths of a dark tunnel what would it be?

A glow in the dark, cooing, bird of paradise.

Eggs plays at VAULT Festival24 Feb – 6 March 2016.

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