In 2019, VAULT Festival showcased 400+ shows from more than 2,000 artists, featuring the best new writing in theatre and comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, late night parties and more. Over 79,000 audience members joined us underground for what was our biggest festival to date. View the 2019 Official Programme here.
“A major London festival … showcasing new and rising talent.”
“The epitome of underground theatre… a cavernous treasure trove… the spirit of the Fringe is alive, well and thriving in SE1.”
A Younger Theatre
VAULT Festival is produced by The Heritage Arts Company.
PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS, FOUNDERS Mat Burt & Andy George
FESTIVAL STEERING TEAM Mat Burt, George Islay Calderwood, Laura Drake Chambers, Andy George, Rhea Heath, Bríd Kirby, Bec Martin-Williams, Josh Morrall
HEAD OF THEATRE & PERFORMANCE Bec Martin-Williams
HEAD OF COMEDY Bríd Kirby
HEAD OF LATES Laura Drake Chambers
GENERAL MANAGER Rhea Heath
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS Josh Morrall
HEAD OF OPERATIONS George Islay Calderwood
Heritage Arts creates cultural moments that excite the public imagination. Sometimes we produce our own things, and other times we help our friends bring their ideas to fruition. We offer creative guidance, ingenuity and originality. We’ve made or produced live music, radio plays, straight theatre, gallery installations, multiplayer games, educational experiences and more. We’re not finished yet. www.heritagearts.co.uk
Mat is a writer, sometimes director and accidental producer.
He is a founding member and Creative Director of the Heritage Arts Company, who have produced a multitude of creative works across theatre, radio, film and more. He’s written plays and performed his poetry since 2008, to greater or lesser success, while specialising in creating experiential activities for brands and organisations.
His passion for systems and technology has seen him spend more time with Box Office software than some would deem healthy, which is why he holds the current position of Head of Box Office & Ticketing at VAULT Festival.
George is a Bar Manager and Operations Consultant.
He joined VAULT in 2015 as Quartermaster and decided to stay. He started his journey at The Old Vic Tunnels and, since their closure, continued to work for likeminded Companies and Productions such as The Old Vic Theatre, The Bush Theatre, HighTide Festival, Alice’s Adventures underground, Witness for the Prosecution, Hair: The Musical, The Crystal Maze, and The Vaults.
George also dabbles as a Director and Dramaturg; most recently alongside Stephen Jeffries directing his short Kampala.
Laura is a visual artist, Art Director and freelance Creative Producer based in South London.
She has worked in late night theatre and events for nearly 10 years, designing and producing shows and performances around the UK. She began work as a performer and producer in 2008 in London’s nightlife scene and has since created commissions at late night events from The Royal Academy of Art, Zedel, MAMA group, Festival Republic, A Curious Invitation, The Last Tuesday Society and more.
In 2013 she founded production company & performance collective Shotgun Carousel, of which she remains Creative Director.
Andy is a Producer and Production Manager based in London.
He has been responsible for some of the biggest site specific and immersive events in London including the Olivier Award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground (2015, 2017 & Shanghai) and three productions of the Olivier Award nominated You Me Bum Bum Train (2011, 2012, 2015).
Andy is a Producer and Head of Production for the Heritage Arts Company, and one of the co-Founders of VAULT Festival.
Bríd is a Theatre and Comedy Producer working across the UK and Australia. She runs a production comedy called Fight in the Dog which specialises in creatively producing new writing and innovative comedy. Bríd also works as a producer for Century Entertainment in Australia.
Producing local and international comedians across all the festivals in Australia each year. Prior to this she has worked at Chambers Management as a Tour Promoter and The Invisible Dot as their Venue Manager.
Bec is a producer, director, erstwhile actor and co-founder of award-winning Australian theatre company pantsguys Productions.
As a director, Bec has directed for Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, RSC Education, the Shakespeare Institute, independently and internationally. Bec is currently Participation Manager at Arcola Theatre where she produces all talent development, community, youth and family work for the theatre, as well as programming Creative Disruption, a 6-week festival of community productions and emerging theatre companies.
Bec trained at Actors Centre Australia and the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and has a Masters in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute. She has taught in the UK, Australia, Ireland and the USA.
Josh joined the VAULT Festival team in 2016 after a few years in the wilderness of the automotive engineering profession.
Prior to that he worked in film and theatre as a writer, director, producer, bartender, and actor. He manages VAULT Festival’s Marketing and Press departments, delivering the festival’s communications strategy.
“Goes from strength to strength with a vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats… a brilliant place to spot new talent…”
“Features the most exciting emerging companies around”
“If you want to support the arts, VAULT Festival is the way to go about it”
VAULT Festival operates according to three Fundamental Working Principles and five Core Values, which we apply to four distinct Participant Groups.
“One of the most diverse and eclectic lineups of any arts festival in the capital.”
This Is Cabaret
“You could be in Hogarth’s London, so bursting is it with unruly, gamey life”
VAULT Festival was created by the Heritage Arts Company in 2012 as a one-off project. An interesting, almost-underground set of tunnels owned by Network Rail (now The Vaults, a diverse year-round venue programmed and managed by its own team) wasn’t in use – so Heritage Arts populated it over three long weekends in February with a handful of productions, a couple of big parties, and a cinema.
It was a potentially disastrous, ambitious project, and a lot of work for a still-young company. It came through against the odds thanks to the hard work of a tiny team and the belief, goodwill and wonderful attitude of the artists and audiences willing to take a punt on a new idea.
There was no Festival in 2013; the idea of doing it again was daunting, and we were engaged in a number of other projects.
Throughout that year, we were developing the idea further – what would VAULT Festival look like a second time around? Could we improve it? (Obviously). Could we expand it? (Maybe). Could we turn it into a sustainable opportunity for artists who were struggling to find affordable, flexible spaces to get their work in front of an audience? (Hopefully).
VAULT Festival returned in 2014 with a more defined remit, a much longer run, and a (slightly) bigger team. We saw an opportunity to create something unique – a short-term, high-capacity playground for a multitude of artists and performers which would allow them to try stuff out without breaking the bank. By putting a lot of different shows in one space, we hoped to reward artists financially for their hard work, with the festival taking only a small percentage of the overall box office and hoping that enough people would buy a drink that we could cover our costs.
So we ran our first six-week Festival in 2014. And once again – through the efforts of an incredibly committed team, curious and supportive audiences, and a new group of talented artists – it worked.
This plan, or philosophy, is pretty much the same in 2019 as it was in 2014. We’ve now put the Festival on seven times, each hosting more shows and bringing in more audiences than the last. The number of artists looking to present work in London is extraordinary, and we do our best to enable as many of them as possible to do it at VAULT Festival. The team has grown each year to meet the huge administrative, technical & promotional demands of the Festival, and the level of commitment from staff and the quality of the work artists present continues to exceed our expectations.
The festival has largely grown for two reasons. Firstly, to meet the demand of the artists. More and more artists were wanting to present work with us, so we wanted to be able to facilitate as many of them as possible. Secondly, the more our team grows (and the more “properly” we tried to do things), the more our costs increase. So part of the expansion is about trying to make the finances add up and keep covering the growing Festival costs.
The 2019 Festival featured 428 productions, in eighteen venues, across eight weeks, and welcomed (as close as we can tell) 79,851 people through the doors.
In 2019, VAULT Festival supported two important causes: Help Refugees & Child.org’s Team Mum campaign
Help Refugees is a pioneering charity leading a new movement in humanitarian aid. Help Refugees is not simply another aid organisation. They’re a group of everyday people, taking joint action to improve lives of refugees. In less than two years, they’ve become the biggest facilitator of grassroots aid on the continent, with more than 80 projects across Europe and the Middle East.
When you buy any ticket to VAULT Festival, you’ll be given the chance to donate to Help Refugees and support their vital work to provide humanitarian aid to displaced people around the world.
VAULT Festival have partnered with Child.org’s Team Mum campaign to launch pregnancy support services in Meru, Kenya. Our exciting new venue at The Horse and Stables will host a variety of theatre, comedy, music and poetry, all with a special emphasis on the power of femininity and motherhood.
A percentage of ticket sales for this venue will be donated to Team Mum. You can also help support this vital appeal by donating to Team Mum when you book online or purchase tickets at the venue box office.
VAULT Festival 2020 will take place across numerous venues in Waterloo, all of whom we’re grateful to be working with. For directions, please see the Your Visit page.
Leake St, London, SE1 7NN | www.thevaults.london
The beating heart of VAULT Festival. The Vaults is London’s home for immersive and alternative arts. Our mission is to collaborate and conspire, embracing artists from all walks of life to come together and inspire others.
246A Lower Road, London, SE1 8SJ | www.networktheatre.org
Network Theatre is a community theatre space in the underground railway arches of London Waterloo station. Run by the volunteers of the resident Network Theatre Company, we produce our own productions of contemporary and classical theatre and provide a unique location for visiting theatre companies and events.
34 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RG | www.vaultytowers.london.
Vaulty Towers is a cosy, upbeat pub on Lower Marsh, run by the team at The Vaults.
122-124 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7RW | www.thehorseandstables.co.uk
A traditional English pub with a modern twist and a youth hostel upstairs, The Horse & Stables is a brand new venue for VAULT Festival 2019. Child.org will host an exclusive stage in support of their Team Mum campaign, raising funds to deliver pregnancy services to rural Kenya, offering health information and medical support for new mothers.
VAULT is proud to work with a number of sponsors and partners.
VAULT Festival is proud to be working in partnership with WeAreWaterloo, the Business Improvement District for Waterloo, which works with 400 businesses in the area to make Waterloo a great place to visit, live and do business.
Natalie Raben, CEO of WeAreWaterloo, said, “We are delighted to be supporting VAULT Festival once again in 2019. VAULT’s purpose – to encourage audiences to fill their lives with creativity, adventure, and inspiration – resonates with its Waterloo home, and confirms it as the place for fringe and experimental theatre, performing arts, comedy and drama. We look forward to welcoming curious audiences of all ages to Waterloo from January to March.”
For over 30 years the Pleasance has provided a platform and launch pad for a great many artists at both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at Pleasance London. The Pleasance has also supported a great many individuals in associated creative, administrative and technical roles. We call this wealth of experience and support Pleasance Futures.
Pleasance Futures offers a variety of initiatives for an array of individuals both on and off stage. From carpenters, crew, electricians to photographers, reviewers, bloggers and film-makers the Pleasance recognises how important those first opportunities into the creative industries can be.
Meantime Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery in Greenwich, London, England.
Stagedoor is London’s most comprehensive theatre guide, tailor-made for you with thousands of audience and critic reviews, personalised recommendations, and seamless booking.
White Light is the complete production solution specialist operating in a range of markets.
Nick Hern Books is the UK’s leading specialist performing arts publisher with over 1,000 plays and theatre books in their catalogue.
Sandford Orchards are craft cider makers from the heart of idyllic, rural Devon. The rich red, fertile soil of mid Devon and the unique micro-climate that comes from being nestled between two moors makes the perfect growing environment for cider apples that’s why we insist that every single apple we use is grown within 30 miles of our press. We only ever make cider from naturally fermented, freshly pressed apple juice. No concentrates, no artificial flavours or aromas. We take our learnings from the traditional Devonshire cider makers of yesteryear and shape their techniques for the modern era.
Hi-Spirits is one of the UK’s leading spirit distributors with a diverse portfolio of award winning brands. We work very closely with bars, retailers and distributors to create effective, bespoke brand support that really drives customer demand and builds sales. If you’re a brand owner, we’d really love to hear from you. We’ve proven that our approach works, time and again, and we believe we can show you a much better way to promote your brand in the UK. We’d enjoy the chance to discuss this with you.
The Liana Collection represents a small portfolio of exceptional drinks brands. Each share a common ambition to grow from niche, emerging brands to established names in the UK drinks scene. We work with the UK’s leading distributors, retailers and bars to help develop brand identity and consumer awareness. We are based in the heart of one of the World’s most exciting and vibrant drinking scenes, London.
HB Reavis are an international workspace provider with a mission to create remarkable experiences through real estate solutions. In practice, we invest in, design, build and manage our buildings, from bespoke headquarters and retail malls to co-working spaces. But because we put users and local communities at the heart of every decision, these are also inspiring spaces that enhance productivity and wellbeing. After delivering 1 million sq m of space since 1993, we now have projects in the UK, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany. Add €1.2 billion of capital, a €7.0 billion pipeline and 700 talented people, and it’s clear we’re shaping Europe’s real estate landscape.
Steeldeck Stage Rentals have been providing creative, flexible and safe portable staging hire and tiered seating solutions to a wide range of events and productions for over 25 years. Whether small stage hire for a private party, camera risers for film sets, or bespoke stage structures for festivals, we are the experts at providing staging for hire and tiered seating that’s right for you.
As a major independent supplier of sound and video equipment SSS provide a fully integrated service and technical expertise across the UK and internationally.
The Heritage Arts Company, Directors Mat Burt & Andy George
FESTIVAL STEERING TEAM
Mat Burt, Becky Brown, George Islay Calderwood, Andy George, Josh Morrall
HEAD OF THEATRE & PERFORMANCE Gillian Greer
HEAD OF COMEDY Bríd Kirby
HEAD OF LATES Laura Drake Chambers
HEAD OF PRODUCING & PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT Becky Brown
ASSISTANT PRODUCER Carmel Macaree
PRODUCING ASSISTANTS Thomas Wales & Tingchi Chuang
ASSOCIATE READERS Katie-Ann McDonough & Zach James
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS Josh Morrall
MARKETING MANAGER Jen Pearce
PRESS & MARKETING OFFICER Isabel Dixon
GRAPHIC DESIGN & CONTENT CREATION Thomas Kirk Shannon
PR Chloé Nelkin Consultants
HEAD OF PRODUCTION Andy George
TECHNICAL MANAGER Rich Irvine
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR & OFFICE MANAGER Ursula Kerswell
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Sophie-Anna Brown
HEAD OF LIGHTING & VIDEO Sarah Readman
DEPUTY HEAD OF LIGHTING & VIDEO Flora Wilkinson
HEAD OF SOUND Juan Carmona
DEPUTY HEAD OF SOUND Dave Sorrell
DEPUTY TECHNICAL MANAGER Ryan Beattie
CO-BUILDINGS & SITE MANAGER Hannah Wallis
CO-BUILDINGS & SITE MANAGER Kemal Canalp
NETWORK THEATRE TECHNICIAN Liam Rudd
LATES LIGHTING ENGINEER Saul Valiunas
LATES SOUND ENGINEER Daffyd Gough
POWER SUPREMO Paul Walmsley
NETWORK & SITE INSTALL TECHNICIAN John Mackinnon
WHITE LIGHT APPRENTICES: Alfie Slater, Sophie Gill, Nathan Coker, Daniel Davies
TECHNICIANS: Ben White, Eren Celikdemir
ART DIRECTOR Thomas Kirk Shannon
Matt Evans, Dan Tye, Jon Panniers, Ellen Camilla Rose, Aubrey Blake, Joe Iredale, Elliot Batten, Calum Mercer, Kristina Petrova, Alistair Leys, Amy Louise Crothers
HEAD OF OPERATIONS George Islay Calderwood
FOH MANAGER Thomas Wales
EVENT DUTY MANAGER Joanna Penso
VENUE DUTY MANAGERS Chaz McCann & Dean Sutton
CO-FESTIVAL ASSISTANT AND CO-FOH MANAGER Harriet Vincent
CO-FESTIVAL ASSISTANT MANAGER Rachel Foster
FORGE VENUE STAGE MANAGER Izzy Tyndall-Bristow
NETWORK THEATRE VENUE STAGE MANAGER Alex Farrell
TECHNICAL VENUE STAGE MANAGERS
Hannah Froggett, Rich Gunston, Millie Harris, Dan Peters, Daniel Carter-Brennan, Zara Janmohamed, Molly Jackson-French
TRAVELLING THROUGH VENUE STAGE MANAGER Sophie-Anna Brown
QUARTERMASTER Mimi Petley
DEPUTY QUARTERMASTER Sam Miller
Ben Coombs, Aaron Dart, Ciaran Duce, Allie Monroe, Adam Mort, Ritchie Xavier
FOOD BY PopCo
Frieda NG, Joseph Turton, Katie Edwards, Yan Okretic, Emily Johnston, Boyana Aleksandrova, Camilla Norris, Cathrine Disney, Daniela Cristo Mantilla, Eleanor Wilkinson, Fabiola Chiarillo, Grace Easen, Gwen Grynfeld, Harry Fakouras, Mariella Bucci, Polly Waldron, Rebecca Hale, Thomas Jancis, Ting Chuang, Umar Spa, Zubin Khetani, Danna Sim, Ester Matthews, Matthew James Leonard, Linden Hogarth, Katherine Cleator, Alice Carlill, Janet Howe, Bianca Soberano, Ana Webb-Sanchez, Katie Gregory, Alice McNicholas, Emily Hepher, Celeste Ourania, Hannah Bailey
HEAD OF BOX OFFICE & TICKETING Mat Burt
SALES & TICKETING MANAGER Will Corner
TICKETING SUPPORT Rhea Heath
BOX OFFICE DUTY MANAGERS Belle Busby, Niquita Sookdeo, Ella Caney-Willis
Crucible Creative | cruciblecreative.co.uk
Chris Perkin | eventotron.com
ACCOUNTANTS Raedan | raedan.co.uk
ACCOUNTS MANAGER Jessica Hall | JCH Management
With Thanks to
Kieron Vanstone, Rachel Foster, Ami Stidolph, Owen Donkin, Dino Buonaguidi & everyone at the Vaults, Natalie and all at WeAreWaterloo, Tristan Appleby and everyone at Network Rail, Duko Frankhuizen, Colin O’Connor at LCR. James Parr Nick Oakley at HB Reavis, Maddie Blackall and all at Meantime Brewing, Bryan Raven, Dan Last, and everyone at White Light, Phil Hurley, Richard Gilbert, Joe Cusack and all at Stage Sound Services, Richard Howey Nunn, Duncan Hails and all at Steel Deck, Nick, John, Jon, Matt, Sarah and Maddie of Nick Hern Books, and the VAULT Festival Staff, Artists, Audiences, Venues, Supporters, and Partners.
And thanks to our dear friend and VAULT Festival Co-Founder Tim Wilson.
Special thanks, as always, to our family and friends for all your support: thanks for putting up with this silly bigass festival. We love you.