UPDATED: 9 Hot Picks for VAULT Festival 2017 – Tell Us Yours!
VAULT Festival 2017
The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN
25 January – 5 March
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Not one show, but a whole out-there “sci-fi and space shows designed to make you smile, and make you think about where we’re all headed”. Including The Starship Osiris, Major Tom, and Mars Actually (all pictured above) AND MORE!
They Say: It’s easy to feel despair in these times of political and economic uncertainty – but we look to the skies and find no sign of any limits to human creativity and passion[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
A “homosocial dance party” from Australia, TROUGH brings together jocks, bears, hunks, queers, beards, twinks and in-betweeners for one big dance-floor extravaganza.
Manchester, 1989 – a hedonistic orgy of drugs, illegal raves, acid parties and Margaret f*&king Thatcher is brought vividly back to life by theatre company IN BED WITH MY BROTHER. Not that they remember any of it. But Ian does…[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Singing, dancing, puppetry and humour – just four ways to respond to this Trumpety Brexity arsewipe of a world we find ourselves in.
They Say: An apocalyptic variety show about a Soviet space–monkey who witnesses the nuclear apocalypse whilst orbiting Earth in a small Vostok satellite and then has a frank conversation with God. Plus musical numbers.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
A sublime tearjerker that dares to talk about death, My World has Exploded… braves the ultimate taboo – and, when we saw it in Edinburgh last summer, it made us laugh, cry and help come to terms with our own experiences of death.
They Say: A darkly comic, deeply personal guide to bereavement. With philosophy, music and silliness.
An immersive, cinematic, audio-visual event, with live electronic music performed against the backdrop of projected 3D visuals. If you were obsessed with Windows Media Player visualisations back in the day, you’ll be sure to love this. If you don’t know what Windows Media Player is, we hate you![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Inspired by the true story of the first boy ever to win the coveted title of ‘Prom Kween’, “and the bitches who tried to stand in his way!”
They Say: Part parody, part homage to the American-High-School genre, ‘Prom Kween’ satirises modern day America and its contradictions surrounding what is acceptable. This is a country whose new President wants to build a wall round Mexico, while the highest rated reality programme is a race to become America’s next famous Drag Queen. Go figure.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Suggested by Colin Local MP
We’re told this is a cross between Pina Bausch and Question Time from a Lecoq and LISPA trained company!
They Say: This is a non-dance dance-theatre piece about protest, about questions like ‘what do we do now?’. This is a piece about MPs being forced underground to talk about dance, and about what happens when no one is allowed to dance anymore.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Suggested by David Aula & Jimmy Osborne
Following previews at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and the Paines Plough Roundabout, this play about love and inheritance has already been selected as one of the five best plays at Vault Festival by Nick Hern Books.
They Say: We all want to love and be loved, but what if you just can’t let the feelings out? Because big boys don’t cry. What if you’re worried about what else might be released? Do you still take your chance?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Let us know what you’re looking forward to at VAULT Festival 2017, or if you see something amazing tell us about it! We’ll update this article with your suggestions as they come in!
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