Our VAULT 2018 Recommendations
VAULT Festival is London's biggest performing arts festival, held over two months in and around the old railway arches under Waterloo station. The Wooden Overcoats team is there in force both for Wooden Overcoats LIVE on 11 February and a number of other shows. So where can you catch them?
24 JAN - 18 MARCH 18.30 WRECKED
JOHN doesn't just do extraordinary producing and directing on the show, he also sound designs for stage, as he has done for Wrecked.
A crashed car, six audience members, no way out.
Sam is on the run. She has stolen a car, crashed it and is trapped with no way out. What happens when you hit a dead end and it feels like your life is a write off? This gripping piece of site-specific theatre will invite the audience into Sam’s stolen car, joining her only seconds after she has crashed it. Be one of just six passengers as Sam attempts to unravel her past and find a way out.
24 JAN - 18 MARCH 21.30 BECOMING SHADES
Starring MOLLY BETH MOROSSA who you know best as the writer of Season 2 Episode 1: The Ghost of Piffling Vale.
Dark immersive circus. A classic tale re-imagined.
Enter the Underworld in this enthralling, intriguing and immersive circus re-imagining of Persephone’s presumed seduction by Hades. Step down into the welcoming darkness of the Vaults in this all female story of empowerment, love and choices. Journey with these ethereal beings, acrobats, aerialists and fire artists and share in their hopes and dreams, until you become one with the world of Shades. After a sell-out run last year and winning the Origins Award for Outstanding new work, Becoming Shades returns to London’s biggest arts festival.
7 - 9 FEBRUARY 18.15 THE THING THAT CAME TO DINNER
If the last recommendation isn't enough MOLLY BETH MOROSSA for you, you can also find her in the case of The Thing That Came to Dinner written by friend of the podcast and The Unseen Hour grand master, James Carney.
An elegant dinner-party, quite ruined by an intergalactic shape-shifting space-monster.
In a snowbound manor-house an elegant dinner party is in full swing. But one guest is intent on more than just sophisticated repartee – one guest was not invited at all – one guest is a flesh-eating shape-changing space-beast from beyond the stars! In this pleasant drawing-room, these charming revellers are not who they seem. Is it because they are desperate for social advancement? Is it because they have illicit histories that they wish to keep hidden? Or is it because they are a bloodthirsty world-conquering tentacular horror from another world!? As suspicions rise, as layer upon layer of deceit and villainy is exposed, as guests are replaced, one by one, with homicidal alien doppelgangers, these high-society bon-viveurs turn against each other with brutal witticisms, savage quips and razor-sharp mots juste. Will anyone survive this evening of refined company and light entertainments? And if so, will what survives – be human…? A chaotic farce where 80s sci-fi horror meets poised fin-de-siecle drawing-room comedy, The Thing That Came To Dinner is an absurd romp with cosmically pessimistic implications. Mannered naturalism gives way to impressionistic character doubling, clowning, puppetry and even song and dance, as the fragile reality of the play peels back and forth, and the elusive nature of identity slips further and further beyond our grasp. This is a play that tells a thrilling and hilarious story, and goes further, to touch on something more profound – at once extremely clever and very stupid.
1 - 11 FEBRUARY 16.00 THE BORING ROOM
CHAPMAN! takes the helm in this TOM-directed comedy starring EMILY STRIDE (aka The Ringmistress from Season 2 Episode 8: There Ought to be Clowns).
Three celebrated crime writers trapped in an impossible prison. A young man accused of a crime he either did or didn’t commit. Two outlaws in love and a dead detective.
Three unconventional mysteries by comedy writer Olly Allsopp exploring crime, judgement and punishment in completely the wrong order. Packed full of desperate criminals, pompous authors and dark humour, The Boring Room is a black comedy which delivers a stab in the dark, a wail of despair and a kick in the knackers.
11 FEBRUARY 18.10 WOODEN OVERCOATS LIVE
Less than two weeks from the launch of Season 3, come and get yourself in the mood with some of our favourite Season 2 episodes. With CIARA BAXENDALE, TOM CROWLEY, BETH EYRE, and FELIX TRENCH.
11 FEBRUARY 20.45 DEAD AIR
The last Funn Fragment we released was The Full Works by ALEX LYNCH whose own show starts just after ours finishes. Convenient, eh?
Radio Jetty’s Closing Down. Come witness their final apocalyptic broadcast.
Imagine if Radio 4 went completely apocalyptic. Radio Jetty is a long-standing, beloved, local station which is closing down, having been bought and re-branded. This is their final broadcast. Already things have gone pear-shaped as the resident comedy act battles with self-esteem, the long-running drama has lost it’s sound effects artist, and product placement advertising are constantly crow-barred into the schedule. In the middle of all this is the long-suffering Continuity Announcer desperately trying to salvage this total shambles of a radio show whilst simultaneously having a complete meltdown. Dead Air is a work-in-progress hour of faux radio and absurd character comedy in a debut solo show by BBC Radio 4 writer Alex Lynch (‘A new kind of comedy by a man who clearly knows his subject’ – Telegraph) complete with baffling programmes, surreal sketches and off-the wall, interactive character sets – from under-appreciated to coffee mascots to the Tom Cruise of acting extras. This is a show which is both a parody and a loving homage to the golden age of national radio and the dangers it faces in the eyes of the shiny – and in this case, totally vacuous – world of the digital era.
17 FEBRUARY 22.00 WITT 'N CAMP
HOLLY CAMPBELL is the voice of Tanya, of Madeleine's squeaks, and just about half of every one- or two-line characters in Piffling. Her double act Witt 'n Camp has been storming London and beyond for over a year now.
The acclaimed double act are back and bringing their outrages show to VAULT Festival. Following their hit, sell out shows in Brighton & Soho, this “unforgettable” duo present an hour of musical comedy, cabaret and burlesque. Don’t miss this wild, joyful exploration of female identity.
21 - 25 FEBRUARY 19.20 CAUSE
JAMES HUNTRODS, who wrote Cause, is one half of the writing duo which brought you Season 2 Episode 2: A Funeral House Divided. That's the same duo that brought you the podcast Hector Vs. The Future and he is one of the minds behind The Miniaturists Podcast.
An adventurous new play about tough choices in cold climates.
This is a story about change. For as long as she can remember, Tess has wanted to fight for what’s important, to campaign against the forces pushing our world towards collapse. So she’s come north, further than she’s ever been, to make her voice heard.But now, aboard an Arctic vessel off the coast of Russia, she is confronted with radical new ideas, of what fighting really means. Because maybe having your voice heard isn’t quite enough. It’s what people hear that matters. Or think they hear. In a modern world people can make the news whatever they want it to be. How can protest cut through this? How can Tess be sure people know what she stands for? And if she can’t, what is she willing to sacrifice to be heard?
25 FEBRUARY 20.45 KAT BOND: WORK IN PROGRESS
KAT BOND is a new contributor to Piffling, you'll get to know her work at some point in Season 3 but beyond that we're keeping mum... for now.
Award winning Kat Bond brings a fantastic new whip to VAULT Festival.
VAULT Award winning comic and one of life’s fighters Kat Bond brings a fantastic new work in progress to The Vaults. After a sell-out run in 2017 with Loo Roll she returns with a more personal story told with the help of Kate Bush and a white stiletto. As seen and heard on BBC 1's Call The Midwife, Feed My Funny, Channel 4 Blaps, Sky Shorts and Radio 4.
28 FEB - 4 MARCH 19.45 FELIX TRENCH'S MULTI-STORY CAR PARK
When not shouting at clients down the phone, FELIX likes nothing better than sitting in a car park telling stories. Directed by arch-nemesis and VAULT Beard of the Year TOM.
11 MARCH 22.00 JAMES HAMILTON IS SO PREGNANT
The other half of the writer duo that brought you A Funeral House Divided, JAMES HAMILTON performs too! Our production manager LIZ is creative producing.
TRIPLE AWARD WINNING COMEDIAN WILL GIVE BIRTH LIVE ON STAGE.
Triple award winning sketch comedian James Hamilton is literally pregnant with a real, actual human baby. He’s going to give birth to it tonight – live in front of you – during his show. But don’t worry – by the time his first child literally emerges from his body, you’ll be totally convinced James is gonna be a great dad. Expect answers to questions like “Who’s the mum?”, “Can I be one of the godparents?” and “Do I really have to watch you give birth live on stage? That sounds disgusting!” Do not expect answers to questions like “How did you get pregnant when you don’t even have a uterus?” Join the creator of critically acclaimed sketch group Casual Violence and smash hit podcast sitcom Hector Vs The Future for this brand new character comedy show: a forlorn, desperate tangle of tomfoolery, terrible people and twisted logic.
14 - 18 MARCH 18.00 TIMOTHY
A very funny play co-written by DAVID and starring BETH. What more could you want?
Sweet. Cheerful. Incredibly handsome. Timothy is a husband to die for – no wonder his wife is worried.
Yvonne and Susan don’t know what to expect when their best friend invites them to a meeting in her cellar. But when Annette claims her perfect husband is planning to kill her, they find themselves drawn into a tangled web of rash accusation and rising panic. With Timothy hard at work in the kitchen, and dinnertime fast approaching, can the three women separate fact from fiction and escape with their lives?
18 MARCH 16.30 AUDIOBABY
ANDY's not just a producing wizard, he's an accomplished musician and together with ODINN ORN HILMARSSON who has helped us in all sorts of ways, he's part of AudioBaby.
Music, comedy and musical comedy.
AudioBaby are three of the finest minds in Audio repair and by-commission song writing. Strap in for the finest cuts of musical comedy offal they are allowed to offer. AudioBaby are on a mission. That mission is to find the greatest audience of all time. Having received a tip off from Herbie Hancock during a prolonged game of four way snap, they’re coming to VAULT Festival for a one night only extravaganza of music, comedy and musical comedy to see if that old jazz man spoke the truth. AudioBaby consists of award winning producers Andy Goddard and Óðinn Örn Hilmarsson and everyone’s favourite guitar wielding handyman: Ethan James.
14 MARCH 21.30 CATRIONA KNOX WORK IN PROGRESS
CATRIONA KNOX aka The Infamous Lady Templar creates and performs a rag-tag of funny, sad and ridiculous characters.