Quick Q&A: This Queer House

Where and when: VAULT Festival 2020 | 27th Feb – 1st March; 16:30 and 19:45 | Network Theatre

What it’s all about… A young queer and non-binary couple, Leah and Oli, inherit a house and seize at the chance to acquire a dream. A joint renovation project begins. A house gathers strength…

You’ll like it if… you like daring work that blends together music and spoken word and movement, that turns queer theory into chaotic drama, that finds new ways to speak about gender.

You should see it because… it gets weird and wonderful. As the young queer couple try to make a home for themselves, the very house they are in begins to grow restless…

Anything else we should know…: This Queer House is an exciting collaboration between award-winning poet Oakley Flanagan and the multi-disciplinary OPIA Collective, a group of female and LGBTQIA+ artists.

Where to follow:
Twitter: @OpiaCollective
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/429035324672650/ 
Instagram: @opiacollective

Book here: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/this-queer-house/

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Quick Q&A: Paper Straws

Where and when: VAULT Festival 21st-23rd February

What it’s all about…Meet Joe, Lou and Martha: three people brought up through the ‘Life Raft’ system, a scheme that re-homes children from places deemed unliveable because of the changing climate. Now as adults, they each have very different relationships to how climate change has shaped their identities. One day they get a calling: it’s time to step up and do something. Part family drama. Part surreal comedy. Full climate crisis.

You’ll like it if… you like the idea of a climate thriller crossed with a choose your adventure covered with a sprinkle of gameshow glitz and a guest appearance from the Lord Almighty.

You should see it because… it’s grappling with the big questions around what we should all be doing about the climate crisis and there is no better time for us all to be having this conversation. Plus it’ll be fun!

Anything else we should know…: It’s a work in progress. So we want to know what you think. We’ll be asking our audience to help us make the show bigger and better. So come chat to us after the show or fill out a feedback form.

Where to follow:
Hashtag: #PAPERSTRAWSplay
Website: www.pearshapedtheatre.co.uk/
Twitter: @pearshapedplays
Facebook: @pearshapedplays
Instagram: @pearshapedplays

Book here: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/paper-straws/

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Quick Q&A: Be More Bee

Where and when: VAULT Festival, Crescent – Friday 28th February and Sunday 1st March 2020

What it’s all about… A success at the Camden Fringe last year, Lightning Bugs is thrilled to make their VAULT Festival debut with their first show, bringing outlandish absurdity and audience interaction to a fresh look at nationalism, through the eyes of the bees.

Be More Bee exposes the darker side of nationalism through the power games, and actual games, of a welcome party for migrants in which they learn to become more like bees. A mask of British politeness covers a multitude of sins, but you can tell a lot about a host from the way they treat their guests. This interactive show questions which British traditions we hold onto and which we discard and whether we can be more like the bees and care for each other and the world, without losing our humanity. Exploring the contradictions of a nostalgia for 1950s Britain, which longs for community yet glorifies traditions from the top of the class system, this playful production considers the link between climate crisis and rising nationalism, and whether we can find a ‘Britishness’ that is really fair, or tolerant.

You’ll like it if… Struggling to fit in? Out of step with this crazy new world? Well Bea’s got just the ticket to make you feel at home. It’s the bees! They know what’s really the buzz in this country! Come to Bea’s Garden Party and get stuck in – she’ll guide you through the honey-soaked life-hacks of the British Bee.

You should see it because… A “sweet-centred and clever show”; “This is our show as much as yours, and is never a bore”; “paced just right”, with a “surprising and evocative ending”; “we learn a lot about bees, Bea and each other”.

Where to follow:
Hashtag: #BeMoreBee
Twitter: @LightningBugsTC
Facebook: @lightningbugstc

Book here: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/be-more-bee/

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Quick Q&A: Our Man In Havana

Where and when: VAULT Festival 2020 – 3rd-5th March 2020

What it’s all about… Havana, Cuba! Amidst the sultry and seductive climes of Havana our heroes twirl, twitch and tango away from enemy agents, MI6 and the truth. Jim Wormold, a run-of-the-mill vacuum cleaner salesman turned accidental spy, resorts to fabricating ludicrous military reports in order to salvage his business and satisfy the needs of his decadent daughter, beginning a hilarious and improbable rise to the top of the British Secret Service.

You’ll like it if… “If you are a fan of spy thrillers, British comedies, or The 39 Steps, then there’s something in this show for you!” ★★★★★ – British Theatre Guide

You should see it because… After a sold-out, award-winning debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 as the Pleasance Futures XYP company in 2017 and subsequent revivals in London in December 2017, in Edinburgh in 2018 and in Hong Kong in June 2019, this might be the last time Spies Like Us perform their hilarious and ingenious show Our Man In Havana!

It’s a fast-paced physical farce of peril, espionage and vacuum cleaners that will leave you gasping for breath and an ice-cold daiquiri.

Anything else we should know…: Check out Spies Like Us’ new show Speed Dial (Work In Progress) also showing at VAULT Festival 2020 – 6th-7th March!

Where to follow:
Hashtags: #SpeedDial #OurMan
Twitter: @Spieslikeus_
Facebook: @SpiesLikeUsTheatre
Instagram: @spieslikeustheatre

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Quick Q&A: Speed Dial (Work In Progress)

Where and when: VAULT Festival 2020 – 6th-7th March 2020

What it’s all about…Tone. Dial. Ring. The Professor is waiting for a call. Back-stabbing lecturers and dodgy Deans are all suspects in this action-packed, thrilling physical caper about connection, forgiveness and inter-faculty rivalry.

You’ll like it if… you’re a fan of explosive fast-paced physical choreography and action-packed thrillers which attempt to uncover whodunnit and why.

You should see it because… Spies Like Us have created a fast-paced, action-packed gripping thriller that explores contemporary themes of connectedness, isolation and forgiveness in a nostalgic 1970s university campus setting in their trademark explosive physical style.

Praise for previous work:
***** “An impressive, stunning piece of physical theatre” British Theatre Guide (on Woyzeck)

Anything else we should know…: They are also bringing their award-winning, sell-out debut show Our Man In Havana to VAULT Festival 2020, 3rd-5th March – be sure to catch it!

Where to follow:
Hashtags: #SpeedDial #OurMan
Twitter: @Spieslikeus_
Facebook: @SpiesLikeUsTheatre
Instagram: @spieslikeustheatre

Book here: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/speed-dial-work-in-progress/

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