This year sees the biggest ever VAULT Festival, and with over 300 shows to choose from the possibilities are endless. We’ve picked five productions worth seeing in week 2.
Bruce is nineteen, unemployed and living with his Nan. A struggling young Geordie tech-head, he’s the unlikeliest international criminal mastermind you can imagine. But sucked into an underworld dark web of new-age pirates, local gangsters and tea-cosies, it isn’t long before Bruce discovers how easy it is to buy narcotics online.
Following an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut, LAB RATS bring the hilariously touching one-man show, written by Sascha Moore and performed by David William Bryan, back to London. Trashed hurls audiences into a rancid Yorkshire fly-tipping site for a whirlwind account from Keith ‘Goody’ Goodman – a mid-thirties bin man struggling to deal with the death of his daughter whilst battling his uncontrollable thirst for booze.
What happens when the red mist descends? Why do some people lash out, while others contain their anger? What’s really going on in the minds of young men? A unique combination of new writing and Shakespeare, featuring fragmented voices of Othello, Patrick Stewart and Mike Tyson, Monster is a thrilling new play where fact and fiction blur, and multiple masculinities collide.
GOLEM! sheds new light on stories you think you already know. Following acclaimed successes Macbeths (2016) and I Know You Of Old (2017), they return to push the boundaries of adaptation yet further with David Fairs’ Tomorrow Creeps, a new play orchestrated from sixteen Shakespeare texts and inspired by the storytelling of Kate Bush. Featuring Conor O’Kane and David Fairs, it is directed by Anna Marsland.
Created for VAULT Festival 2018, Dietrich: Natural Duty sees actor and theatre maker Peter Groom explore the life of screen icon Marlene Dietrich. Through a heady mixture of theatre, live cabaret and drag, this one-(wo)man show uses music, stories and songs to reveal an extraordinary woman’s commitment to duty.
VAULT Festival Tickets can be purchased here.