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This Weeks Top 5 To See at VAULT Festival

February 17th, 2020 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

This Week at VAULT Festival

VAULT Festival is back for 2020 and as London's biggest, boldest and wildest arts festival it is packed with shows every day and night from 28 January to 22 March, hosted across 18 venues in South Bank and Waterloo. With so many fantastic shows and artists performing, it's easily forgiven if you're struggling to decide on who to see. That's why every week that VAULT Festival takes place, South Bank London will be posting our top five picks to see. Remember, there's so much more on offer, don't take our word for it, look at the full 'What's On Page' here.

  • Nearly Human

    Inspired by the words of cosmologist Carl Sagan, this unique gig-theatre experience describes the life-cycle of one extraordinary atom, and how our baffling, unlikely existence is intertwined with the universe. Expect an abundance of virtuosic musicianship, dynamic choreography and mesmerising contact juggling.

    Touching upon biology, spirituality and cosmology, Nearly Human is an epic and euphoric celebration of life and the universe; bursting with triumphant melodies, fascination and wonder.

    18 - 23 February, 7:30pm

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  • Lilac Yosiphon & Isabel Dixon: Heroes

    It's 1991. Bowie's playing an iconic concert in Brixton, and fifteen year old Jamie can't wait. His Dad's bought him gig tickets and Jamie's even stolen the family camera to immortalise the night. But a secret's about to come out - and life will never be the same again.

    It's 2016. As Jay gets ready to embrace fatherhood, the arrival of a letter on the morning of Bowie’s death threatens to bring the ghosts of the past hurtling into the present. What do we do when the people we look up to do something unforgivable? Do our heroes define who we are? And is it ever too late to start again?

    Longlisted for the 2017 Papatango Prize and directed by JMK Award shortlisted director Lilac Yosiphon, Heroes is an exploration of fallen idols, family secrets and the human price of forgiveness.

    18 - 20 February, 6.00pm

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  • Fanny A New Musichall

    Fanny is rehearsing for her Drury Lane debut during the times of the infamous Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s. As she works on her songs with Arthur, her long-suffering pianist, it becomes apparent that things are not all as they seem. Fanny tells the funny and tragic story of her friend Elsie using music hall performance to spin her tale.

    This is a dark and funny account of a horrifying piece of lost British history. Sing along with classic songs from the Music Hall, then hear them sung again as they've never been heard before. Lizzie Wofford is a "Powerful and emotional performer" and was hailed as "One to watch" by the Evening Standard.

    Joining in is warmly encouraged (although not compulsory) and a gin is recommended.

    18 - 20 February, 6.15pm

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  • John Robertson: The Dark Room

    YOU AWAKE TO FIND YOURSELF IN A DARK ROOM! You, the audience, are trapped in an interactive, retro gaming nightmare; choose an option, find the way out, and escape The Dark Room! If you succeed, you’ll take home £1000... but if you fail YOU WILL DIE! For you are not alone in The Dark Room; the merciless overlord of improv, John Robertson, is here to guide you through an hour of expertly crafted chaos and anarchy. And in the end, eeeeeverybody plays!

    So will you:

    A) Find the Light Switch?
    B) Go North?
    C) Abandon Hope?

    21 February, 9.15pm

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  • Extinction Underground

    It may feel like the end of the world. That politics is broken. That all hope is lost. Now is the time to come together and build a better world. Extinction Underground is an interactive and immersive late night playground responding to the climate and ecological emergency. An array of artists, performers and radicals are coming together with vital acts of co-creation, artistic expression, connection to the planet and one another.

    Get taken on a journey where rebellion, protest and the arts meet: an interactive, disruptive and moving spectacular of grief-stricken expressions and world-building visions of the future - with circus, drag, DJs, flash-mobs, processions, art-making stations, UV face-painting, karaoke and even the opportunity to admit your carbon confessions to a priest. Headline acts include DJ sets by Edwin Congreave of Foals, Fay Milton of Savages, The Umbrella Academy star Rob Sheehan and slam winning spoken word artist Tanaka Fuego. 

    22 February, 10:30pm

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