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Nick Hern Books announces plays selected for VAULT Festival anthology

Plays from VAULT 2Leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books are delighted to announce the five plays selected for inclusion in Plays from VAULT 2, an anthology of plays selected from the best new writing being presented at this year’s VAULT Festival.

The dark underside of the Greatest Story Ever Told is exposed in Testament. Tristan Bernays presents four overlooked Bible characters – a ragtag group of women, children, outcasts and thieves – and relocates them in modern-day America, giving these lesser-known voices a chance to tell their side of the story.

Previously seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Save + Quit shares the stories of four young people in London and Dublin and how they attempt to live in the cities they call home. ‘Beautifully observed… Sophia Leuner’s perfectly pitched characters [have the] faults and contradictions of real people’ (Scotsman)

In Rebecca Walker’s Wretch, an ex-teacher and an ex-junkie meet on a night bus during long, dark nights of homelessness. A year on, Irena has rebuilt her life. But just as she thinks she is safe, Amy crashes head-first back into it with bigger dreams for life’s second chances.

Brad Birch and Kenneth Emson’s This Must Be the Place offers two short ballads about migration, missed connections, and life on the edge of respectability. Two friends, fugitives from their problems, try and start again in the big smoke but find themselves waiting on the margins still. A man in the midst of crisis tries for a clean break from technology, connectivity and the pressures of city life.

Maisie loves Sheldon. Sheldon’s not so sure, but he’s always wanted a big family, and tonight you’re it. Don’t worry, he’s gentle and the drinks are on him. A one-man play by Jimmy Osborne, Maisie Says She Loves Me has previously been seen at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and Paines Plough’s pop-up venue Roundabout.

Plays from VAULT 2 continues an exciting partnership that started at VAULT Festival 2016. Plays from VAULT: Five new plays from VAULT Festival was published in January 2016, which welcomed five new plays and writers on to the illustrious NHB list. Published 9 February, this year’s anthology is available to pre-order now via the NHB website at www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/playsfromvault2, and will also be on sale at the Vaults, online and in major bookshops.


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