In Part 2 of our previews for this week’s VAULT Festival picks, we check out contemporary dance, a play about gentrification, and alien comedy!
The End of Dance by Yann Allsopp
In 2017, the Government will make dance illegal. Colin, Joan and Nigella, your local MPs, are here to fight back.
Created by Yann Allsopp, who despite having absolutely no dance training whatsoever, has managed to come up with this self-described a non-dance dance-theatre piece about protest. We’re absolutely intrigued to say the least, about this piece raising odd questions and MPs being forced underground to talk about dance, and what happens when dance is at an end.
The End of Dance plays at Brick Hall (The Vaults) from 22-26 Feb. Tickets available here
The Long Trick by Marietta Kirkbride in Association with Bucket Club
The award winning team from Bucket Club presents a a new play about one man’s protest against gentrification and what happens when ideas go beyond our control. Timid Kelsey lives in a converted fishing boat moored on the Helford River, leading a simple existence with her local legend of a father. But all of this is about to change when Gale walks into their lives and Kelsey awakens to the outside world.
Told with narrative poetry, dialogue and song, The Long Trick will be directed by Bucket Club Artistic Director and previous Young Vic Jerwood Assistant Director Nel Crouch. Playwright Marietta Kirkbride is an associate artist of Bucket Club, and The Long Trick was a winner of the 2014 Bristol Old Vic’s Open Session.
The Long Trick plays at the Pit (The Vaults) from 22-26 Feb. Tickets available here.
Gemma Arrowsmith: Earthling
Gemma Arrowsmith has written and performed on shows such as Tracey Ullman’s Show, and made appearances in Merlin, Hustle and Charlie Brooker’s How TV Ruined Your Life. She also runs YouTube comedy channel Sketches in My Flat and podcast Hayley & Ruth: Two Stars.
In her third solo show, Arrowsmith explores the 1977 Voyager mission and the golden phonograph records containing sounds and images from Earth as they made their way into deep space and the lifeforms who find those records. Earthling promises the very best and worst humanity has to offer from Arrowsmith’s multitude of sketches and character work.
Gemma Arrowsmith: Earthling plays at the Studio (The Vaults) from 22-26 Feb. Tickets available here