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Theatre. 1st – 5th Mar, 20:00, £15.

“Trouble with you lot is asking. Don’t ask. Take.” Caz is done with nights spent sleeping rough. She’s owed a decent quality of life, right? And seeing as no one’ll give it to her, she’s going to take it.

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Bess and Hannah are waiting.

Sleeping rough each night on the streets of London they’re hoping for help to arrive, for a house to become available and for life to change, but they’ve been waiting a long time. As the nights once again start to get colder and nothing appears to be changing their patience in the system and their faith it’ll all come right is all they have left. Until, that is, they meet Caz, a young woman new to the life of the hidden homeless. She isn’t content to wait quietly and ask nicely for spare change, she’s far more interested in taking what she needs and not waiting for help to come. As Hannah and Bess get drawn further into this new way of thinking they discover a power in their position that opens up a world change.

Smoke & Oakum’s latest play ‘Kings’, by Oli Forsyth, is written especially for VAULT Festival and is the follow up to hit shows ‘CORNERMEN’ and ‘HAPPY DAVE’.

For ‘Happy Dave’:
“Supurb, witty and well-observed” – The Stage ★★★★
“Captures the eleation of the dancefloor” – The Scotsman ★★★★
“Insanely polished” – Broadway Baby ★★★★
“Cracking one liners and a pumping soundtrack” – British Theatre Guide ★★★★
“Fascinating Material” – Auditorium Magazine ★★★★
“Fantastically Funny” – EdFringe Review ★★★★★

For ‘Cornermen’:
“‘Cornermen’ is a right-hook out of nowhere, a real knockout.” The Stage ★★★★
“A striking new play by an exciting new writer…it’s thrilling to watch it unfold” The Scotsman ★★★★
Ed Fringe Review ★★★★
Broadway Baby ★★★★
London Theatre1 ★★★★

Smoke & Oakum Theatre was created by Oli Forsyth in 2013 as a new writing company. Since its formation the company has produced four full length plays and one short. Past work includes ‘Tinderbox’ (Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe, Hen and Chickens Theatre), which was nominated for an Amnesty International Award, ‘Cornermen’ (Old Red Lion, Pleasance, New Diorama Otherplace Brighton, Incoming Festival 2016, and VAULT Festival 2016), which was published by Nick Hern Books, and finally ‘Happy Dave’ (New Diorama, Pleasance), which was published by Methuen Drama.

‘Kings’, by Oli Forsyth, is Smoke & Oakum’s 5th play and has been created especially for VAULT Festival 2017.


Writer/Producer – Oli Forsyth
Director – Sam Carrack

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