Environmental shows at VAULT Festival 2020

Here's a low-down on all the environmental shows at VAULT Festival 2020!

How To Save A Rock

Pigfoot Theatre

Staging Change Award Winners 2019

It’s 2026, and we've found a letter from the last ever polar bear. He’s somehow ended up at the top of Scotland. We're going to save him.

Join us on a wild polar bear chase, through peat bogs and protests. We might just need your help...

How To Save A Rock is a carbon neutral, multi award-winning musical comedy about how to still have hope – for kids and adults alike.

18 -- 23 Feb, 6pm

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Two Super Super Hot Men

Alan and Ron

Alan and Ron are sweaty. Really sweaty. The heat is rising in their studio and the milk has gone off. But life goes on, right? As they continue to soundtrack climate documentaries, it becomes harder and harder to describe what’s going on. Alan is growing leaves and there's sand in the kettle. Can they escape to a new future? Can they create it? A clown show about climate change, Hawaiian shirts, and a plant called Carol. Alan and Ron is formed of award-winning theatre makers Alice Boyd and Rosa Garland. This show is supported by Arts Council England, and recommended by Lyn Gardner.

13 -- 14 Mar, 6pm

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A goodbye to the world and a goodbye to our mums. There will be a lot of dancing and a lot of singing. There will be a lot of noise. This is a brand new work in progress performance from the makers of Fringe First Award 2018 winning dressed.

ThisEgg’s most recent show dressed. premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to critical acclaim, receiving a Scotsman Fringe First Award 2018 as well as a nomination for ThisEgg for Total Theatre Awards’ Emerging Company 2018. During the 2019 national tour, dressed. was nominated for a 2020 Offie Award for IDEA (innovative/ devised/ experiential/ atypical). dressed. returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the British Council Showcase 2019.

25 - 26 Feb, 6.10pm

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small myth

Holly Robinson, Charlotte Fraser & Eve Allin

Before, Katherine climbed Mount Everest.

Now, her daughter dreams of droughts, tsunamis and wildfires.

Katherine left her daughter to conquer a mountain. Her tales of nearly touching the stars became Kate's bedtime stories. Higher, further, beyond. Now it's time for Kate to climb her own mountain. A flight to Nepal will melt 8.7 square meters of Arctic ice, and she's crying in the juice aisle about buying single use plastic.

Blending movement, text & music, this work in progress examines a mother and daughter’s stories unravelling in the face of climate crisis, and what might blossom in their place.

18 - 20 Feb, 6.10pm

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Long Distance Theatre

Mia and Mo have been to all the marches, turned off the heating and eaten the goldfish – but the climate’s still collapsing and they’re buckling under the pressure of saving the planet. Omelette is a new play by Anna Spearpoint (Theatre503), directed by Tash Hyman (JMK Award Finalist 2019) about climate anxiety, giving things up, and the pressure to do the right thing all the time.

Long Distance is a new writing company, set up by producer Tom Bevan. They want their shows to shake you up, and make you smile.

Omelette is their first play. It is written by playwright and actor Anna Spearpoint (Theatre 503, Soho Writers Lab 2018, PintSized October Fest) and directed by Tash Hyman (JMK Award Finalist 2019, BECOMING ELECTRA: A QUEER MITZVAH CONFESSION, YOKES NIGHT at Gerry's Theatre Royal Stratford East), with dramaturgy from Tommo Fowler (OUT OF THE DARK at Rose Kingston, INSIDE VOICES, Winner of the VAULT Festival Origins Award).

18 - 23 Feb, 7.50pm

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Matt Winning: It's the End of the World as We Know It

Matt Winning

A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the 'attractively impish' (Guardian) environmental researcher and comedian Dr Matt Winning. The world as we know it is coming to an end regardless of whether we want it to or not. Here Matt explores what that means and considers what it must be like being a teenager nowadays compared to when he was young.

As seen/heard on Unspun with Matt Forde, BBC Three, BBC Radio 4, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and his podcast Operation Earth where he interviews comedians about climate change.

21 -- 23 Feb, 7.20pm

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Paper Straws


Sea levels are rising. Wildlife is becoming extinct. We’re drowning in plastic. But everyone is using Paper Straws, isn’t that something?

Taking place in changing time frames, we follow the lives of three people brought up through the 'liferaft' system - a scheme that re-homes children from places deemed unlivable because of the changing climate. Now in their adult lives, and each having very different relationships to how climate change has shaped their identities, they get a calling: it's time to step up and do something.

21-23 Feb, 6.20pm

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Part surreal comedy, part family drama set against the backdrop of our looming climate catastrophe, the characters are forced to decide 'how far would you go to save the world'?

Isa Bonachera: Miss Beehive

Isa Bonachera

Miss Beehive is an original and off-the-wall stand up about recovery, beekeeping and how to survive in the wreckage of the world. Join critically acclaimed comedian Isa Bonachera for a thought-provoking and unapologetically dark hour of comedy.

Isa is a BBC New Comedy Award finalist, Phoenix Artist Club Cabaret Award third-place winner, Sketch Off! runner-up, Max Turner Prize finalist, and Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year finalist.

19-20 Feb, 9.45pm

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Brunch Brunch Theatre Company

A brand-new, interactive and joyous musical that follows a tap-dancing coffee bean (yes, you heard that right, a coffee bean!) on her adventures across the world. From befriending a barista to saving the rainforests, though this bean is little, she has big dreams and dares to be different.

Come along on our crazy, fun-filled adventure and experience the magic of original songs, tap dancing, circus and games! The show promises to be a 'sweet theatrical experience like no other’ (Palatinate) and is sure to leave a smile on your face.

Tappuccino won the Palatinate award for Best Production 2019 and was one of the Edinburgh Evening News’ top 10 family shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

29 Feb - 1 Mar, 4.30pm

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In Our Bones