In our final set of reviews for the 2017 VAULT Festival, we meet some seriously quirky characters with Stephanie Morin-Robert’s cycloptic yet emotional comedy Blindside, celebrate the joy of scifi with Project2’s Improvised Science Fiction, and a how to guide on combating the satanic panic with Carrie Marx in B.A.D.D. (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons):
Blindside by Stephanie Morin-Robert
Stephanie Morin-Robert seems like a pretty normal girl next door. Up on stage, she’s dressed in a light conservative green dress and a white shawl, her stage presence minor, and when she opens her mouth to speak, soft spoken and conversational. But Stephanie is no ordinary girl. Diagnosed with restinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer, her left eye had to be removed at the tender age of 2, and she’s been living with a glass eye ever since, along with a terrible depth perception and fear of being ridiculed at school.
But Stephanie isn’t one for pity. As a child, she’s quick-witted and headstrong, fully taking advantage of all the unspoken benefits of being a cancer survivor, from that extra piece of cake to later bedtimes. Despite her initial mousy voice, it transforms into that of a lion, confident and full of heart. In her show, Stephanie brings us through some of the highlights of her childhood growing up in Porcupine, Ontario, from freaking out the substitute teacher by dramatically popping out her glass eye, to charging the other students to see her do it, to sharing her first kiss with a boy at summer camp, with a surprising twist that will leave audiences both grossed out and tickled by how outrageous the whole affair was.
Project2: Improvised Science Fiction
B.A.D.D. by Hermetic Arts
And that wraps up our coverage of the VAULT Festival! Special shoutout to Sean Harwood from Full Fat PR and Alex Levene and the rest of the Front of House team at The Vaults for making everything run so damn smoothly. They’ll be back early next year for their 2018 season, but for now, keep watching out for all of these amazing artists as they progress in their careers and continue to develop more outstanding work.