Here's a low-down on all the environmental shows at VAULT Festival 2020!
How To Save A Rock
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
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
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
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
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
Matt Winning: It's the End of the World as We Know It
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
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
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
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
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
In Our Bones
Diniwe and the Hadedas
"We wander the sunset plains, like nomads awaiting the rains".
Three musicians and a painter imagine an astonishing and beautiful vision of hope in ecological crisis.
Processed through formulae and machine, set free in imagination and music, Diniwe and the Hadedas explode a single poem by Don Paterson in a song-cycle that speaks of migration, landscape, roots, heritage and home. A multimedia collaboration collaging voices, song, poetry and paint, calling for action on the most pressing issue in the last ten million years. Profound, ridiculous and beautiful.
Supported by Theatre Royal Plymouth
3 -- 5 Mar, 6.15pm
Welcome to an ocean full of plastic, giant squid, and opportunity. Simon & Trixie work in a submersible mining station at the bottom of the sea. Their relationship is falling to pieces, but they can deal with that later. They just don’t want to be left behind in the climate crisis.
Every day, they dig up rare earth minerals which the planet needs for green batteries, electric cars, and new mobile phones. No one said going green would be easy. It’s business as usual until they meet Archie – a giant squid. The loveable cephalopod has a lot to say about the big holes Simon and Trixie keep making in his home.
Kraken is a classic (and the only) underwater climate crisis capitalist-cephalopod romance. It’s a story about monsters, and what (or who) we’re prepared to throw away. It’s about going green but hurting the world around you. It’s about keeping up with catastrophe. It’s about wanting to love your planet, but not knowing how. First and foremost, this is a play about what happens when a giant squid just might be your best friend. Or life partner.
3-8 Mar, 7.30
Ben and Nicole live in the UK. They have everything they want – a nice house, good jobs and a steady marriage. However, a chance encounter confronts them with an ominous question: is it selfish to start a family in a world that’s beset by climate crisis? Bourne is a new play that explores the moral suburbia of climate crisis and the destabilising effect it might have on the most mundane of marriages.
Bourne is a work in progress play, written by Megan Smith and produced by Double Yellow Theatre Company.
14 -- 15 Mar, 4.30pm
this is how water loves
this is how water loves sits on the spectrum of theatre and performance, blurring the boundaries between task-based activities, dynamic choreography, delicate moments of humour and intimate sequences.
We are passionate about ecology but paralysed by the guilt-ridden rhetoric. We are not eco-warriors. We are not anti-plastic activists. Instead we demonstrate a playful and curious approach to ecology and interconnectedness which embraces ambiguity. Ecology, pollution, embodiment, and environmental disaster are all feminist questions and are intertwined with each other. Hydrofeminism is an ecological concern, drawing attention to the potentials that arise from the blurring of distinctions between human and non-human. Coined by academic Astrida Neimanis, Hydrofeminism is transnational, trans-species and trans-corporal; emphasising a sense of collectivism and unity. Our aim is to embrace “the quivering tension of the in-between”.
The all-female ensemble clean, dry, drink and drown, further complicating the pre-existing narratives surrounding ecology and climate change. Water is spat, mopped and boiled during the course of the performance.
14 Mar, 4.50pm
A triple Fringe First-winning team take you to 2059. Adventures. Bandits. Sword fights. Spaceships. The Day After Tomorrow meets The Princess Bride in this action-adventure-romance where it’s not just the climate getting hotter. Can you find happy ever after when the world could end today?
Directed by Emily Jenkins, double Fringe First-winner, for Bobby & Amy and Rainbow. Written by Richard Marsh, single Fringe First-winner (which is still quite good) for Dirty Great Love Story (co-written with Katie Bonna).
22 Mar, 4.30
It's July 25th 2019. It's hot, too hot!
The metaphorical gates of hell have opened for new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, so screw it, let's extend our overdraft limits for a cheeky pint. 'I've had a week that even Craig David would shy from writing a song about, and now it's just too fuck'n hot'.
A bold, physical and frankly piping hot piece of new writing. A dark comedy about friendship, fear and a fucker of a week.
10-14 Mar, 7.30pm