Following the tremendous success of last year’s VAULT Festival, Heritage Arts has today announced the programme for VAULT’s jubilant return to the Leake Street tunnels for six busy weeks of live entertainment. From 28 January 2015 they will present a carefully curated, high quality multi-arts programme across seven different spaces under Waterloo station.
Now a fixture in the arts calendar, this year’s highlights include the London premieres of radical theatre company Filter’s Macbeth as well as True Brits a brand new play from Rich Mason Productions and HighTide Festival Theatre. They are joined by magical multidisciplinary and interactive artists Artful Badger’s first ever narrative production, comedy monster Red Bastard’s longest ever run and the multifarious comedian and performance artist Yve Blake. VAULT will again bring a programme of free live music every Wednesday and Sunday, this year curated by Mercury Prize nominee and contemporary folksong pioneer Sam Lee’s The Nest Collective, bringing beautiful acoustic breakthrough acts, showcasing exciting new artists, enticing foreign musicians and a smattering of old favourites, all of the highest musical order.
With more than 30,000 tickets available, 500 individual events and over 80 artistic groups, the line-up comprises some of the most exciting emerging artists and companies in a programme of music, performance, dance, comedy, discussions, debates and one-off late night events, all taking place in a secret maze of underground tunnels behind a single door.
VAULT houses productions large and small, established and experimental, and everything in between. Acts this year include dangerous comedy monster Red Bastard, masculine feminist pop sensation Dani Frankenstien, Superbolt Theatre’s epic man versus monster adventure Jurassic Park, one-man-shows from the likes of Move To Stand, Rolemop Arts, Matthew Bellwood, Jessica Burgess, Tristran Bernays, cabaret from taxidermist Charlie Tuesday Gates and her roadkill gang, The Broken Dream, ensemble theatre from Dumbshow, d’Animate, Crawley & Co, Scaffold State, Edinburgh sensations House of Blakewell and many many more. Favourites from 2014, The Kansas Smitty’s House Band return to entertain visitors in the bar and the VAULT Lates also make a comeback – debauched one-off extravaganzas that take over the caverns of VAULT well into the early hours, curated by some of the nation’s best party people.
Together with ticketed performances, anyone can join VAULT underground at the Festival Bar, open to the public every evening for drinks, dancing and discovery. This year VAULT have teamed up with surrealist immersive event company Lemonade and Laughing Gas, specialists in playful installation art.
VAULT 2015 will build on the success of the 2014 Festival which saw over £100,000 go into the coffers of the participating artists, a result of the Heritage Arts Company’s efforts to help emerging companies control how their work is brought to an audience or a market. The second incarnation of VAULT in 2014 more than doubled the size and impact of the 12-day inaugural festival in 2012. Over 20, 000 tickets were sold last year, with guests able to choose from 60 different events across the six weeks; up to 20 events were on offer each night across the seven chambers of The Vaults.
VAULT Festival Director Tim Wilson said ‘We programme for Lambeth, for London, for the UK and for everyone. We make sure the festival has a pulse of many voices – there are 500 individual events happening at VAULT, chosen by mixture of invitation, public submission and charitable competition, so each day has a unique heartbeat. Our programming philosophy looks for passion and ability. VAULT’s learned that artistic groups grow in knowledge by observation and practice. It is now the longest, biggest, broadest-programme, most central performing arts Festival in London, all behind one magical door in Waterloo. It is a madness of superlatives. And you can drop by anytime and discover us, and surprise yourself, for free.’
Full programme listing available at www.vaultfestival.com
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Monday 3rd November 2014