“One of the most diverse and eclectic lineups of any arts festival in the capital.”
This Is Cabaret

“You could be in Hogarth’s London, so bursting is it with unruly, gamey life”
The Independent

“The epitome of underground theatre… a cavernous treasure trove… the spirit of the Fringe is alive, well and thriving in SE1.”
A Younger Theatre

Following on from the success of the first volume of PLAYS FROM VAULT, Nick Hern Books returns in 2017 to publish a brand new volume of exciting plays from this year’s programme.

This anthology comprises five of the best plays from VAULT 2017, “London’s biggest and most exciting arts festival” (Nick Hern Books).

‘An exciting collection of new writing… VAULT is a vibrant and creatively inspiring forum, and this compendium of highlights is a real treat… a stimulating collection’

– Teaching Drama Magazine on Plays From VAULT

You can buy PLAYS FROM VAULT 2 today, directly from VAULT Festival Box Office, or below – or by adding it to the basket with any ticket purchase.

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.

This book will be available to collect at the VAULT Festival Box Office.