Tag Archives: The Vaults

Win a pair of tickets to immersive show ‘CUT’ at the Vaults!

Cut

Home to the most exciting theatre events in London, The Vaults shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to championing the immersive theatre scene. Making it’s way to London, having won The Best Theatre Award at The Adelaide Fringe 2015 and the Underbelly Adelaide Awards, CUT will promise to have audience members sat on their edges of their seats…

 

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The Devil Speaks True @ The Vaults(Vaults Festival 2016) Review

The story of Macbeth, or The Scottish Play has got to be one of the most retold Shakespearean stories within the past 400 years. Chronicling the unlikely ascent of a king with no immediate links to the throne, Macbeth, and his wife, one of the greatest strategist to grace the literary world Lady Macbeth prepare to unapologetically shed the blood of others for the ultimate prize.

The Devil Speaks True

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Master of the Macabre @ The Vaults Review

Master of the Macabre bills itself as the most horrifying magic show in London. This is possibly true, though the play is competing within a relatively select niche… Set in the eminently atmospheric Vaults in Waterloo, this one-man show depicts an ominous story of sibling rivalry, punctuating the tale with frequent, suitably sinister, sleights of hand.

Master of the Macabre

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True Brits @ The VAULT Festival Review

Going to The Vaults for the first time in the old Waterloo tunnels was not what I would call an enjoyable experience. As fringe and hipster as it may look it also looks like a third world country could do better in creating a theatre venue that does not intoxicate people with its dampness. It is a very claustrophobic place, uncared for, and it made me uncomfortable. Of course it won’t be the same for everyone – many may like the vibe, the decoration or the graffiti on the walls of the tunnels.

True Brits

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Odyssey @ The VAULT Festival Review

The Vaults is a cavernous multiplex of creative spaces and bars found in the graffitied corridors under train tracks leaving Waterloo. It oozes a cool friendliness akin to the warmest of creative hubs. Arrive early or stay late because you’ll want to spend a decent amount of time there. Ushered into one of the compartments branching off the central thoroughfare, one bloke lay dramatically prostrate before us. Reservations about melodramatic physical theatre and interpretive dance are quickly washed away when our bard, George Mann, arises to tell us the story of Homer’s Odyssey.

Odyssey

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Megalopolitan @ The VAULT Festival Review

Having seen Karis Halsall’s part in the ambitious 503Fusions (which she also curated) last month, it was with, I’ll admit, a little trepidation that I entered the aptly named “Cage” space in The Vaults under Waterloo last night for Megolopolitan. Extended from the 15 minutes I saw her perform at Theatre503, this is Halsall’s hour long piece, which pulls together projected images, live and pre-recorded music and sound, spoken word and vignettes, performed by Halsall and her collaborator Samuel Organ. I had thoroughly enjoyed her short piece at 503, but how would it translate to something longer?

Megalopolitan

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Behind Closed Doors @ The VAULT Festival Review

Behind Closed Doors is almost a lesson in why you shouldn‘t have fourteen performers in a giant cave performing together. Then again, it is also a great example of why you should. The Chaménos Collective trades in shows that feel much bigger than they are and continue to put on extremely interesting shows, warts and all.

Behind Closed Doors

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Performer and Playwright Yve Blake speaks to Theatrefullstop about her new show, Lie Collector showing at the Vaults Festival 2015!

Yve Blake

This year’s VAULT Festival is well and truly underway, entertaining audiences from all walks of life with exciting pieces of theatre, topical discussions and lively club nights. Brightening up the gloomy, victorian subterranean landscape located in the very heart of London’s Waterloo, the festival aims to showcase an array of new voices and ideas. We’re taught from the outset never to lie, that being truthful is moral… however… I’m sure that at one point or another, we’ve all told a white lie or two… Yve Blake’s new show, Lie Collector explores this idea of the lie, taking its inspiration from lies shared on Yve’s website, whowerewe.com. Lie Collector is now showing at The Vault Festival, and we were lucky enough to speak to the playwright and performer about her inspirations for the show, her thoughts on interactivity in theatre and her must see shows at this year’s festival.

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Lie Collector @ The VAULT Festival Review

We all tell lies and occasionally those lies take on a life of their own, either as hilarious stories or horrific mistakes. Yve Blake has effectively crowd sourced the material for her latest show Lie Collector, and has come up with an hours worth of comedy based on lies shared with her by the internet. From simply reading aloud the lies shared to writing elaborate song/dance/video pieces her energetic performance will keep you captivated from beginning to end.

Yve Blake

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Playwright Vinay Patel speaks to Theatrefullstop about his production, True Brits, now playing at The Vaults Festival!

Vinay Patel

Initially performed at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, True Brits has added to the pertinent debate of what it means to be British in the 21st century. Written by the talented Vinay Patel, who will shortly be writing a short film for BBC iPlayer and working on a pilot on the prestigious C4 screenwriting programme, True Brits will make its return to the theatre scene at this year’s VAULT Festival. With VAULT Festival’s theme of ‘inequality in politics’ being the driving force for this year, True Brits is a piece of theatre that could not be anymore timely or on the mark! Ahead of this year’s festival, Theatrefullstop were able to talk to Vinay about his motivations for writing the play, what he’d like to achieve with his play and why London is so welcoming!

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