The VAULT Festival returns for its 7th year, starting in 2012 with 25 shows and 7000 attendees 2018 saw the festival expand to over 350 shows and 70,000 attendees.
This year, VAULT Festival have created a diverse and exciting programme with 53% of pieces being female-led and a quarter of work coming from LGBTQIA+ artists.
In 2019, performances will take place across Waterloo with multiple spaces located underground in the festival’s central hub, The Vaults. Other festival venues include London’s secret community performance space The Network Theatre, upstairs at The Horse & Stables pub, Granby Place, and the Travelling Through Bookshop on Lower Marsh where you can catch fresh material from television favourites and hot new comics. Unit 9 on Leake Street will be a space dedicated to ground-breaking immersive performances while other pop-up venues include shipping containers, caravans and escape rooms.
For 2019, VAULT Festival is delighted to support two important causes: Help Refugees and Child.org. All ticket transactions for VAULT Festival will provide audiences with the opportunity to donate to Help Refugees, providing humanitarian aid to displaced people around the world. Child.org will host an exclusive stage at The Horse & Stables pub and receive a percentage of ticket sales to support their Team Mum campaign, helping to fund pregnancy services in rural Kenya that offer health information and medical support for new mothers.
The VAULT Festival New Writers Programme (supported by Nick Hearn Books) will offer an eight-week practical writing course for prospective writers of any age, enabling them to develop a piece of writing for the stage, culminating in a public showcase in the final week of the Festival. VAULT Festival will also offer up to 10,000 2-4-1 tickets through their Official App Partner Stagedoor.
In collaboration with Meantime Brewing, VAULT Festival will be adding to their array of bars with a specially designed and purpose-built new craft beer bar. Local culinary masters PopCo will be serving up an EU inspired menu. The festival is investing in 12,000 reusable cups to significantly reduce single-use waste, alongside a switchover to paperless tickets, a ban on plastic straws, and a guarantee that all food and beverage packaging is biodegradable or recyclable.
The VAULT Festival team commented
VAULT Festival started as an idea to bring artists and
audiences together in an unusual space, in exciting spaces, to see if we could make a new model for the creative industry. A few years later, our audience has stuck with us and grown beyond our wildest hopes. We want VAULT Festival to be the people’s festival, designed around the audience, the artists, and our staff, without unfairly disadvantaging any of them. They are the very core of what makes VAULT work, and what makes us special.
Highlights include a collaborative showcase with New Diorama Theatre, including a The Factions production of The Talented Mr Ripley, immersive folk opera Counting Sheep bring their Edinburgh 2016 show and will host Edinburgh Award winners The Myth of the Singular Moment which won the Summerhall Award and Pleasance Award-winner Ladykiller.
Ladykiller is a blood-soaked jet-black comedy offering the feminist case for female psychopaths: it’s not what it looks like, really, it’s not -it was self-defence and, anyway, the woman was asking for it.
If you are a true crime fan like me the macabre finds a spine-chilling home in The Vaults’ underground tunnels. Based on the 2010 case, Kompromat follows the final hours of the GCHQ agent murdered and folded into a sports bag. Both assassin and victim find and lose their chance to escape in this tense thriller. Pufferfish is based on the real and astonishing story of Jeffrey Dahmer who took the lives of 17 young men in the 1980s. It digs through the homophobia of the initial reporting of the case and attempts to uncover the links between fear and desire, beauty and horror.
For the full programme of theatre, comedy, family and lates head to vaultfestival.com