Your Guide To The VAULT Festival 2020: Five Shows To See

Billie Manning

If you thought you’d have to wait until August’s Edinburgh Festival to enjoy an extravaganza of theatre, comedy and performances, you’re in luck. This month, some of London’s most innovative and brilliant artistry will retreat underground for the VAULT Festival, celebrating the weird, wacky and offbeat in arts and culture. Lasting six weeks and with plenty of shows on offer, here are some of the theatrical highlights we’re looking forward to from the festival.

Since U Been Gone
If you're queer or nostalgic for the noughties (or both), this show will satisfy a deep craving inside of you. Storytelling and an original pop soundtrack combine to form a compelling autobiographical account of growing up, finding yourself, and losing a friend.

4 - 9 February

Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her)
Patricia Gets Ready made its debut at the White Bear Theatre last year and, promisingly, was invited back for a second run due to popular demand. The show tells the story of Patricia, who has spent a year crafting a kick ass speech while recovering from an abusive relationship. And then... she bumps into her ex on the street, and accidentally agrees to dinner with him. Join Patricia as she gets ready for the date; tells stories of her past, how it has affected her present, and looks honestly at her future.

5 - 9 February

Glamrou: From Quran To Queen
Drag sensation Glamrou has left the other queens of the Denim drag troupe behind and struck out on their own to explore the intersection of their queer and Muslim identities in this show which blends cabaret, storytelling and stand-up. This show is as cheeky as the name suggests, with whip-sharp humour and not a small amount of glitter both on display as Glamrou serenades Allah with love songs and tells their life story while belting out pop bangers.

19 - 20 February

Gorgon: A Horror Story
From comedian and clown Elf Lyons comes a gory new show. Theatre horror is always an interesting genre and this show, inspired by the taboo of female anger and Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, takes its tropes and flips them on their heads. This one isn't for the faint-hearted so make sure you bring your big girl pants.

5 - 9 February

The LOL Word Coming Out Special
The star of this group of queer comedians has been steadily rising over the past couple of years, enjoying a sell-out, award-nominated run at the festival last year. This time around, Chloe Green, Chloe Petts, Jodie Mitchell and double act Shelf will present an hour of stand-up about that ancient queer ritual: coming out.

31 January - 13 March

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