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5 shows to see at this year's Vault Festival

Written by
Alice Saville

Waterloo’s annual underground fest is chock-a-block with the weirdest and wildest in theatre and comedy.

Here’s five shows you should see:

1. Becoming Shades

This immersive circus show milks every drop of atmosphere out of The Vaults’ dank tunnels. It’s a goth spin on the Greek myth of Persephone. Trapped underground, she grapples with Hades and performs eerie candlelit rituals.

Jan 24-Mar 18. £22.50.

2. Rubber

Is it a show? Is it a road safety hazard? This performance for just two audience members at a time takes place in a real car, as it drives round the streets of Waterloo. Strap in and watch a couple’s fraught relationship fall apart. 

Jan 21-Mar 18. £21.50.

3. Silk Road

Playwright Alex Oates researched this comedy about online drug deals by hanging out on notorious online marketplace Silk Road. He even funded the show with two bitcoins that rocketed in value. (Crypto) quids in!

Jan 24-28. £13.50.

4. The Year of the Rooster Monk

‘Ghost’ is Giselle’s favourite movie. Then her VCR cranks into life by itself and up pops up Whoopi’s spooky psychic guru... Giselle LeBleu’s solo show is a supernatural jaunt through everything from gentrification to feminism to #blackgirlmagic.

Mar 7-11. £14.50.

5. Red Bastard: Lie with Me

Any boundaries you might have (audience participation, personal space, sobbing in public) will be thoroughly smashed in this exhilaratingly awkward show about love and deception, masterminded by a malevolent clown in a red romper suit. Hilarious, and revealing in all the right ways. 

Jan 24-Feb 4. £14.50

All events take place at The Vaults, Waterloo.

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