Vault Festival 2014: Symphony

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Vault Festival 2014: Symphony
'Symphony'

Three of the most exciting new writing voices of the moment - Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells - combine for a night curated by company Nabokov. Their stories are told through spoken word and music.

Staged as part of the returning six week Vault Festival in the tunnels over February.

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Love, asthma, baking, and netball - all of these matters (and many more) are covered in the beautiful, funny and touching 'Symphony' from nabakov. This collection of shorts by Tom Well, Ella Hickson, and Nick Payne is truly not to be missed. The writing is excellent and the cast of actor/musicians are engaging and disproportionately blessed when it comes to talent. It's a bit clever, a bit informal (never a bad thing), and above all, probably the most entertaining piece of theatre I've seen in a long time. Get down to the Vaults and catch it before it finishes - you won't regret it!


Wonderfully funny and heart-warming evening from the brilliant nabokov; three shorts from three exciting young writers, Tom Wells, Ella Hickson and Nick Payne. Combining song, text and some rather funky dancing, the three plays were sweet and affecting without ever being sentimental. The cast were superb and moved effortlessly from character to character, from instrument to instrument (of which there were a lot- my favourite being the netball shoes/ whistle combo). With only four shows left I would urge anyone who likes theatre, or anyone who likes spending an hour laughing and have the cockles of your heart warmed, to go and see this show. And let’s get a petition going for a transfer…


An incredibly enjoyable evening of 3 brilliantly written short scripts by Tom Wells, Ella Hickson and Nick Payne accompanied by live music! The performers are fantastic, keeping the audience completely engaged throughout and punctuating each new character and story cleverly! I left feeling energised and wanting more. Definitely don't miss it!!


Nabokov beautifully combine theatre, live music and spoken word in three short but charming pieces, that cover everything from GCSE PE, to Kindles, to love. The cast are really talented musicians and actors, and despite an informal feel (they banter with the audience and improvise amongst themselves) they move seamlessly from character to character, and through a huge range of musical genres, following 80's power ballads with smooth jazz. It's really fun, really impressive, and really worth a watch.