Offbeat Cabaret Duo ‘House of Blakewell’ face our quiz…
Cabaret act House of Blakewell return to the VAULT Festival with their own inimitable take on happiness…
“Alice and Harry have chosen to be happy. Alice has enrolled in an online mindfulness course. Harry has undertaken a comprehensive study of German existentialism. The pair sing and dance their way through positive psychology, Marxist economics and the 5:2 diet, but will the pressure to be constantly happy prove too much?”
Ahead of what promises to be a successful run at VAULT Festival (Book Tickets Here), we caught up with House of Blakewell and grilled them as only we know how…
Tell us a little about ‘We can make you happy’. What’s the message?
It’s a show the search for happiness and the pressure we feel trying to find it. We explore ways of becoming happy and question whether it’s possible to achieve constant happiness as an abstract goal. Through song, dance and woodwind duels.
What makes your shows different?
We tap-dance and sing power ballads about 16th-century philosophers.
As Vault veterans what advice would you give to a VAULT Festival newbie?
Reduce get-in stress with a simple low-tech, low-prop design. We never do this.
Are there any other events at VAULT Festival you would recommend?
Who inspires you?
Elaine Stritch, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kermit the Frog.
What are your favourite places to go in London?
We love the noodles at Tre Viet on Mare Street. We also love the rice beer.
What are your favourite free or cheap things to do in London?
Harry is a big fan of Peckhamplex cinema – one of the cheapest in London. The views from the top of Nunhead Cemetery are also stunning. Apart from being a part of it ,which is really exciting, the VAULT Festival really is a brilliant arts festival with so much to see at great value.