The Vaults Festival opens with theatre line-up that’s out of this world

The 2017 VAULT Festival, London’s answer to the Edinburgh Fringe, kicked off last night. Here we look at more productions taking to its stage over the six-week event.

For the first time satellite venues, Network Theatre, (246a Lower Road, SE1 8SJ) and Morley College (61 Westminster Bridge Road,SE1 7HT) are also being used as well as base camp in Leake Street, behind Waterloo Station.

In the VAULT:

Niall Ransome and Sonderlust Theatre’s Fcuk’d (tonight and Feb 2, Morley College Studio, 6.30pm)

“There’s only so many times you’re called shit, before you start getting to believe it.”

A teenager on the road to ruin and his little brother are about to be taken into care by the authorities. This tense, fast paced one man show, written entirely in verse, tells the story of two brothers who flee their council estate flat in a bid for a better life.

Bruised Sky Productions’ Worlds, written and directed by Martin Murphy, and starring Naomi Sheldon and Andrew Macklin plays from tomorrow until January 29.

Nine people from all walks of life find themselves, on a dark and stormy night, at the end of the world – or, rather, Worlds, a guesthouse ruled by eccentric matriarch Briony.

Trapped in the middle of nowhere their insight into themselves, their situations and each other is brought to the fore in a gentle dark comedy from the writer of 2016’s Edinburgh Fringe success, Villain.

A new theatre company, Joyous Gard, stage Crocodile, written and performed by Joe Eyre, co-starring Rhiannon Sommers and directed by Matt Maltby (February 1-5, Network Theatre)

This is a story about Alan and Jane and their daughter Sarah. Alan and Jane have changed, but having a child always changes people, especially when your daughter’s a crocodile.

Crocodile is a dark comedy that combines pitch-black humour with an increasingly nightmarish sense of menace which promises to leave audiences both delighted and disturbed.

For all six weeks at VAULT, The Great Gatsby is being presented by The Guild Of Misrule in association with The Immersive Ensemble and will be performed across multiple spaces, ensuring every audience a unique experience from Jay Gatsby’s gilded world.

Following on from Jurassic Park, their hit 2016 comedy, Superbolt Theatre returns with Mars Actually, which features in Proxima V, a new pulse of Space and Sci-Fi-themed events.

Writer Marietta Kirkbride’s The Long Trick – a new play about one man’s private protest against gentrification, set against the backdrop of Cornwall’s many ‘second homes’. Selected for development at Bristol Old Vic.

Carry on Jaywick – this verbatim show details a sea-side gem of the Essex coast fallen on hard times. Hope among the hopeless and laughter in the darkest times as four cast members tackle 30 characters via the ‘recorded delivery technique’.

Astronauts of Hartlepool – Brexit Britain, the North/South divide and immigration combine in this piece from Tim Foley. Two strangers meet on the headland and a epic battle begins. A Channel 4 Playwright-in-Residence for Pentabus Theatre Company, Foley’s debut won the 2016 Off West End Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Summer Nights in Space (Feb 15-19) – a one act musical that follows an astronaut responding to an attractive Astro-nette distress call, with a reluctant crew in tow. A heartfelt look at the meaning of modern life – in space.

Producer Hannah Elsy brings this show to VAULT having previously performed the piece as a sister show to rock musical The Quentin Denitn Show. Directed by Sinead O’Callaghan it stars Matthew Jacobs Morgan, Candice Palladino and Benjamin Victor.

Also on during February is Out of Spite Theatre and Theatre N16’s risque Edinburgh Fringe hit, This Is Not Culturally Significant, written and performed by Adam Scott-Rawley (Leake St, February 15-19).

This intense and darkly comic one-man show is a surreal yet incredible journey that unveils the bizarre, compulsive and eccentric nature of humanity. Over ten characters are portrayed; from a pathologically lying classics professor to a despondent American porn star on the brink of her retirement.

This is a thunderous, high energy piece of theatre combining dark clowning and deeply grotesque buffoonery which holds up a mirror to the often unnoticed absurdities of human life – and contains full frontal male nudity throughout.

Following the nudity theme comes Cicada Studios’ Blood & Bone (The Studio, February 15-19), a colourful, kooky and downright dirty puppet show that’s part political satire & part Pixar movie, a dark and cheeky adult show combining puppets, puns & poor taste.

After a critically acclaimed run at the King’s Head Theatre, Nathan Lucky Wood’s spine-chilling play, A Haunting transfers to the VAULT Festival, playing in Leake St Feb 15 – 19.

It’s Halloween, but Mark’s not going out. While his mum buries herself in work, he’s staying in, playing Xbox, and talking to Ghost.

He doesn’t know his real name. It’s anonymous, and Mark likes it that way.. He feels like they can be honest with each other. But it turns out that Ghost knows more than he should. And he really, really wants to meet…

For more information about the 2017 VAULT Festival go to VAULTFestival.com.

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