Following the record breaking success of VAULT Festival 2023, which welcomed more than 81,000 audience members to 553 shows, VAULT Creative Arts presents the second annual A Pinch of VAULT.
More than 50 shows will appear in this year’s festival which will take place at The Glitch and Sino Thai in Waterloo, running from Wednesday 24th May – Sunday 18th June 2023. 2023’s programme features two festival weeks dedicated to ‘A Pinch of VAULT Comedy’ [24th May – 4th June] with the line up announced and tickets on sale today, and two weeks dedicated to ‘A Pinch of VAULT Theatre’ [6th – 18th June] with the line up due to be announced, and tickets on sale from Tuesday 16th May.
Together, A Pinch of VAULT will feature four exciting weeks of new and original work from exciting and innovative comedy, theatre and performance artists.
Andy George, Director & Co-Founder of VAULT Creative Arts says: “Whilst the future of VAULT Festival remains in the balance, we’re excited to continue sharing new work and supporting up and coming artists with the second edition of A Pinch of VAULT. Our campaign to #SaveVAULT is ongoing, and we’re currently exploring some potential leads – nothing is confirmed or secured yet though so bringing brand new work of artists that we’re really excited about to audiences through A Pinch of VAULT is the perfect tonic.”
A Pinch of VAULT sees VAULT Creative Arts bring innovative live performance to the heart of Waterloo. The four week festival provides early and mid-career artists with a vital opportunity to showcase work that is currently in development in front of a live audience in a safe and supportive environment with tickets from just £5.
On sale from today, this year’s ‘A Pinch of VAULT Comedy’ programme showcases new material from a wide array of up-and-coming UK comedians; creating work that touches on all aspects of life. Performances include Mariana Feijó’s Blue Pencil, a feminist show about Catholic hypocrisy, based on historical accounts of the Portuguese dictatorship and makes the case against fascism, Derek Mitchell, who recently appeared on Ted Lasso, welcomes you to the least inspirational spin class of your life; while in Joshua Robertson’s, Enable Me, Joshua shares his experience as a disabled comedian and a dad. In Furiozo: Man Looking For Trouble – a spectacle with rage and fury without a single word, Polish clown Mr Tit aka Piotr Sikora portrays an archetypical hooligan named Furiozo. Additional performances include COCKROACH, an eccentric drag king comedy brought to you by the clowns of The Barry, Brian & Bean Company, which explores how pity, loneliness and downright delusion thrives under the weight of the rat race.
Other comedy highlights include a variety of split-bill shows and works in progress from the likes of Jo Griffin, Sharlin Jahan, Lou Taylor, Shalaka Kurup, Farah Sharp, and Sharon Wanjohi. Additionally, Adam Riches previews two new shows, while Maddie Campion, Nick Everritt, Amy Webber, Stevie Martin, Jake Baker, Kathryn Mather, Rich Spalding and Kathy Maniura. These solo shows cover everything from inanimate objects and dating during a pandemic to the jobs a comedian could do, and a guide on how to stand out during the world’s largest arts festival.
Tickets for A Pinch of VAULT Comedy are on sale now at www.vaultfestival.com/events
A Pinch of VAULT features work led by migrants and refugees, the LGBTQIA+ community, disabled and neurodiverse performers, working class artists, and African and Asian diaspora led work. The festival promises a thrilling mix of relevant, absorbing and hilarious new live performance across theatre and comedy, with exciting and original work from leading artists with plenty of fun surprises in store for audiences. With tickets starting from only £5, it’s an affordable and entertaining way to spend a summer evening.
A Pinch of VAULT comes in the wake of VAULT Festival’s ongoing #SaveVAULT campaign, launched due to the loss of their original home which leaves the future of VAULT Festival in jeopardy. So far over £35,000 has been raised to support VAULT Festival’s survival, and the campaign is still live, with aims to raise a further £100,000 and continue the festival’s mission.