Theatre & Performance

Including Drama, Musicals, Cabaret, Circus, One Man Shows, Immersive Theatre & more.

VAULT is back with an enormous programme of drama, musicals, circus and cabaret to keep you entertained and inspired from the end of January.

With more productions than ever before, we’ve created a diverse spread of artists and companies who have daring, innovative voices and work that deserves to be seen. From the serious to the shocking, there’s a host of performances featuring whipcrack dialogue, intense physical theatre and lots more.

Browse through the listings or pick a day and see what’s on: we’re sure you’ll find something to your taste.

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February 2017
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Who Shot Wayne Sleep?

£12 | February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on February 26, 2017

Hilarious and basking in glorious vocal harmony, mischievous repartee and banging toons from Talking Heads to Scissor Sisters via Bonnie Tyler, accompanied by their ukuleles, the piano and a love of the ridiculous.

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The End Of Dance

£9 | February 23 @ 6:10 pm - 7:10 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on February 26, 2017

In 2017, the Government will make dance illegal. Your local MPs, are here to fight back. ‘A sort of contemporary dance version of The Thick of It’ - Lyndsey Winship

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YOU

£6 | February 23 @ 6:10 pm - 7:10 pm

A rehearsed reading of YOU, a play about adoption. Kathleen sits anxiously waiting for the arrival of a man whom she had given up for adoption thirty years before and who has now traced her.

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Testament

£12 | February 23 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
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Daily until February 26, 2017,
and An event every 1 week(s) on Saturday that begins at 2017-02-23 01:30 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 7:15

The dark underside of the Greatest Story Ever Told. Four overlooked Bible characters tell their side of the story, accompanied by a haunting live score of gospel and blues. (★★★★ Evening Standard and Time Out on Tristan Bernays’ TEDDY)

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Puppy

£12 | February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:25 pm
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Once on March 2, 2017

Comedy following two young women who meet and fall in love while engaging in some light recreational dogging. Together they explore the world of feminist porn and take on the patriarchal establishment.

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Thought To Flesh

£12 | February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on February 26, 2017

A theatrical investigation into Motor Neurone Disease based on a true story. Trapped in her own body, an extraordinary young woman lives with motor neurone disease. Physical theatre and spoken word, drawing on true stories and research from UCL Institute of Neurology.

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Caravan Shorts

£5 | February 23 @ 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-23 06:45 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 7:15,
and An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-23 07:15 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 7:15,
and An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-23 07:45 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 7:15,
and An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-23 08:15 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 7:15,
and An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-23 08:45 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 7:15,
and An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-23 09:15 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 7:15,
and An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-23 09:45 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 0.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 7:15

Four weeks of various evocative, humorous, intriguing 15 minute plays.
Especially written for Vault Festival, improvised, revisited and /or verbatim, we bring up to 25 short pieces to a small intimate audience of nine people max at a time.

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Carry On Jaywick

£12 | February 23 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on February 26, 2017

A new verbatim play about home, identity and not letting life grind you down, from the residents of Britain's most deprived town.

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The Neath

The Neath

£25 | February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Daily until February 26, 2017

There is a crossroad between worlds, where reality thins and cracks begin to appear. The journey between dimensions is neither quick nor easy, and sometimes travellers need a place to rest and relax, and to drink.

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Living a Little

£12 | February 23 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on February 26, 2017

What's the point of surviving if you're not gonna live a little? Rob and Paul party on into the zombie apocalypse when battle hardened Penelope flips their world upside-down. Contains strong language and even stronger banter. #LAL. "Sharp, witty and moving... A writer to keep an eye on" ★★★★ The Stage

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The Long Trick

£12 | February 23 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on February 26, 2017,
and An event every 1 week(s) on Saturday that begins at 2017-02-23 03:00 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 8:45

A new play with song about Cornwall, gentrification and what happens when ideas go beyond our control. ★★★★ “A play for our times” (Stage Talk Magazine, Marietta Kirkbride’s ‘The Orator’)

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Nee Naw Nee Naw

£12 | February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Plastered Cast examine dysfunctional lives on both sides of the hospital curtain. We take a sledgehammer to your funny bone and a scalpel to your heart during 24 hectic hours at a hospital on the brink of cardiac arrest.

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The Great Gatsby

£26.75 | February 23 @ 9:00 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 0 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 5, 2017

Be plunged into a world of red hot jazz, bootleg liquor and more than a little scandal. Gatsby invites you to his infamous parties in this exhilarating immersive experience. (1920s dress encouraged, dancing shoes mandatory.)

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Princess Suffragette

£12 | February 23 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on February 26, 2017,
and An event every 1 week(s) on Saturday that begins at 2017-02-23 04:45 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-23 10:30

A contemporary (re)telling of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh’s journey, from her aristocratic upbringing as the daughter of an exiled Maharajah, to her political awakening as the first British-Asian Suffragette.

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Werewolf: Live

£9 | February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-24 08:00 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-24 7:30

Night falls over an ancient village nestled cosily in the mountains. Its residents sleep soundly in their beds... except the ones who transform. Come play a live, theatrical reimagining of gaming classic: Werewolf!

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Dr Zeiffal, Dr Zeigal, and The Hippo That Can Never Be Caught!

£12 | February 25 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Once on January 29, 2017,
and Once on February 11, 2017,
and Once on February 12, 2017,
and Once on February 25, 2017,
and Once on February 26, 2017

28th & 29th Jan | 11th, 12th, 25th, 26th Feb. Award-winning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage. Bring your hippo catchers! ‘Intelligent, imaginative, very funny’ (JimJam Arts) and Best Family Show at the 2016 Buxton Fringe.

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Rowan is a Poem

£6.75 | February 25 @ 6:10 pm - 7:10 pm
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Once on February 26, 2017

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FREAK

£9 | February 26 @ 3:15 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2017-02-26 04:45 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-02-26 4:15

Stranger than fiction - a true story that travels to the heart of American sideshow. A provocative and funny look at the often-ignored territory where disability and performance cross over.

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March 2017
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>taur_

£12 | March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 5, 2017,
and An event every 1 week(s) on Saturday that begins at 2017-03-01 02:30 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 1 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2017-03-01 7:00

Find the answers before they find you. In the underground labyrinth of a secret government operation, will you be able to discover all the secrets in time or will you just become another victim of >taur_?

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The Many Crimes of Hector Cartwright

£12 | March 1 @ 6:10 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 0 day(s) and 1.09 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 5, 2017

1948; the body of a woman is found late at night on a gloomy train track in a remote northern village. With no leads and little to go on the police are stumped, until a mysterious manuscript arrives in the morning post....

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