66 Unmissable Shows at VAULT Festival 2023
As the cold, dark reality of winter renders December festivities but a distant memory, there’s only one surefire escape – it’s time to go underground again at VAULT Festival!
Back for the first time since 2020, we’re so excited to share our picks from the huge programme – we aim to showcase the magical wonder of the cave-dwelling multi-arts extravaganza that is VAULT Festival.
Sorry to all those we couldn’t squeeze in – please do tag us on socials @todolistldn and we’ll try to share – or invite us to review!
An improvised plane crash disaster story.
Rediscover love with this inventive new multimedia performance, from one of Palestine’s most exciting contemporary artists.
Interactive true crime mystery.
A bizarre journey into China, nuclear weapons and utopia.
Scrap your clichéd expectations of a magic show and embrace wonder again with Billy Kidd.
Claire Parry conducts an orchestra made of, well, us – examining how popularism can make heroes of scoundrels like Boris.
A Middle-eastern cross border love story, which asks big questions around who and how we can love.
A deeper dive into the gay dating pool to discover what it’s like for a plus-sized, 32 year old primary school teacher living in a Grindr world.
Nastazja Domaradzka examines “safe spaces” in the arts for survivors of domestic violence.
Charlie explores her story as a queer, mixed-race, neurodiverse, working class, ex-Jehovah’s Witness.
A diva-licious dragged-up look at bureaucracy in the civil service.
An afro-futurist, spiritual quest to commune with those passed away.
Uncover the story of a forgotten Black Briton – ABC Merriman-Labor – and his journey to the imperialist capital, London.
‘A Welsh Hollywood Babylon’ – character comedy featuring the most famous woman in the world.
The hilarious, sardonic tale of a gender reveal party that takes a turn for the demonic.
If you were leader of the world, what would you change? Comedy duo Thick ‘n’ Fast ask just this.
Zara discovers immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…
Celebrate the pioneering activists of the 80s with a talented all-female group from East 15.
A telling comedy about masculinity through the eyes of Neil a plumber – who gets called in to fix a leak at a performing arts festival.
Eloina lives labiaplasty in this odd and unmissable highlight of VAULT 2023.
Mya Onwugbonu’s play puts blackness centre stage and explores the stories that matter.
Two misogynist monks, Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger, might have been the first incels. This show gets to grips with their witch-hunting bible and delves into why so many women are killed even today.
Interracial relationships are explored through the eyes of a South-asian woman whose family’s anti-blackness holds her relationship ransom.
Female-centred queer storytelling.
Two couples get extraterrestrial when they invite a stranger into their lives.
Obsessed with Sue Perkins? Not as much as the star of this queer cult sensation, who battles alcoholism through the power of Sue.
A rib-tickling parody of the exploitation of identity politics, including disability for profit.
A comedy show about pasta.
A cabaret masterclass from Mahatma Khandi and a host of stars.
Fortune-teller Catherine Montvoisin is a female villain in a pickle…
An intriguing tale of home invasion by a stranger.
Synth-star Laurie Black gives musical comedy a shot in the arm.
A batshit and gloriously silly show inspired by one of David Cameron’s epic faux-pas: describing immigrant influx as a swarm.
Nonsense video hour.
Warrington’s very own musical comedy star.
‘Miss Ellaneous is a space for those struggling to define ‘what it is that they do’. A perfect blend of out-of-this-world cabaret, comedy and miscellany.
Live art provocateur wrestles (literally) with the plight of front line NHS workers.
A tongue-in-cheek re-imagining of Australian gothic classic Picnic At Hanging Rock.
Tommaso Giacomin butchers Hamlet.
Trapped in a sex club, Katie unravels her internalised ‘lesbophobia’ in this queer fantasy.
Brutally honest breakdown comedy. Sertraline all round.
A show in which the characters are trapped in a gender-neutral toilet. PUBLIC The Musical is pure rock and (toilet) roll.
The nature doc gets queered by drag-king Bi-curious George. Expect gay animals galore.
Join the cult of RAM and you will not regret it.
Cold-blooded character comedy from acclaimed physical performer Serena Flynn.
An eye-opening lecture performance tackling what it’s like to be Malay in Singapore.
Future national treasure Sikisa is here to slay.
A dark comedy about girl gamers.
Three students delve into the dark web of deepfakes.
British Malaysian Alternative Comedienne Su Mi is one to watch.
Motion sensor tech eases us down the rabbit hole, with NHS therapist Luc and their mysterious new client Owen.
Famed for her French vs English sketches on TikTok, Tatty brings the cross-channel culture clash underground.
Ted has terrible ideas to solve climate change, with graphs and laughs.
Asexuality is explored in an over-sexed world.
An interrogation of democracy through African eyes.
Come and celebrate the garish glitz of British gameshows.
A psychological thriller from daring theatre company Bag of Beard.
Talented musical theatre duo Zoe Morris and Meg McGrady fight back against queer phobia.
Under-represented performers are given the spotlight in this countercultural cabaret. The night includes a a strict DBAA (“Don’t Be An Arsehole”) Policy.
The toxic mother-daughter relationship bubbles to the surface in this relatable comedy.
Eye-popping physicality and ideas explode in this uncategorisable treat.
Sex. Love. Lettuce. A gaudy burlesque adventure to find the meaning of intimacy.
Gifted writer Vidura BR uses dead-pan humour to explore love.
Drag queen bin man. Enough said.
Jazz classics aplenty in this modern day soul soother.
Defying tick boxes and electrifying audiences, Adam Scott-Rowley (creator of the award-winning THIS IS NOT CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT) is back with new mind melt, YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.