About VAULT

VAULT Festival is London’s biggest and boldest annual arts festival, hosting hundreds of events each year; reaching across theatre, comedy, film, live performance, and more. In 2019 the festival will run from January 23 to March 17 in Waterloo.

“A major London festival … showcasing new and rising talent.”
The Independent
“The epitome of underground theatre… a cavernous treasure trove… the spirit of the Fringe is alive, well and thriving in SE1.”
A Younger Theatre

Meet The Team

Programming Team

Gillian Greer
Head of Theatre

Gillian is a writer, script reader and dramaturg from Dublin who has worked with the artistic teams at Theatre503, The Abbey Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Mercury, and more.

As a playwright, her debut play PETALS was nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play in 2015, and she has since seen her work performed and published in Ireland, London, Edinburgh and New York.

She is currently Senior Reader at The National Theatre.

Bríd Kirby
Head of Comedy

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.

Laura Drake-Chambers
Head of Lates

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.

Senior Festival Team

Becky Brown
Creative Producer

Becky Brown is a freelance producer and event manager.

She has worked internationally in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy and runs SPECIFIQ, an immersive theatre company, in London. Becky’s immersive theatre credits include work at the Tower of London, the National Theatre, Boomtown Fair, Tower Bridge as well as for clients such as ITV, EA Games and more.

Becky produced the sell-out show The Neath at VAULT Festival 2017 before joining the production team full time in January 2018.

Mat Burt
BOAT Captain

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 Islay Calderwood
Head of Operations

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.

Andy George
Head of Production

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.

Josh Morrall
Head of Communications

Josh joined the VAULT Festival team in 2016 as Deputy Director of Communications after a few years in the wilderness of the automotive engineering industry.

He has worked in theatre as an actor, writer, director and producer, and now oversees VAULT’s marketing and PR output as well as making sure our Visiting Companies have the support they need.

Mission Statement

“Goes from strength to strength with a vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats… a brilliant place to spot new talent…”
The Stage

VAULT will fill and expand our cultural imaginations, and encourage audiences to fill their lives with creativity, adventure, and inspiration.

VAULT will always create the most accessible platform for creators to innovate, collaborate, explore and achieve and through which audiences can discover the bravest and boldest artistry.

VAULT will fulfil equally the interests of our three creative bodies; the artists, the audience, and our staff. We will create the opportunity of most value for all three parts and champion their involvement.

VAULT is committed to change; working to create an ever-improving platform and industry where artists, audiences, and staff are respected, supported and championed in a fully inclusive and diverse community.

Our core values are Opportunity, Equality, Trust, Personality and Kindness.

Philosophy

“Features the most exciting emerging companies around”
WhatsOnStage

“If you want to support the arts, VAULT Festival is the way to go about it”
BuzzFeed

We want VAULT Festival to be the people’s festival. Each year, join this carnival of experience, filled with entertainment and unexpected adventure. From hard-hitting drama to outrageous comedy, from circus to late-night parties, VAULT takes in the bravest and best of the next generation of creators.

VAULT is built around the audience, the artists, and the staff, exploiting no one. Come and see what the people have made: there’s a conversation every single night about where we go from here.

“The business model for the creative industries is broken. Providers of content make peanuts, while the controllers of the infrastructure… walk away with extraordinary profits … How can we transfer wealth to the people who generated it?”
Patrick Collinson, The Guardian, 29/8/15

We’re trying to effect change in the creative sector and make it sustainable for both the artist and the festival. What we give is space: to innovate, take risks and cooperate with each other. We don’t charge rent. We do take 30% of box office, towards covering our costs. The artists get the other 70%. Simple.

The VAULT Story

“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”
The Independent

VAULT Festival was created in 2012 around a triangle of the audience, the artists, and the staff. With contributions from Silent Opera, future Fringe First-winners Katie Bonna & Richard Marsh and several others, an exciting artist-led programme began to emerge, playing to 7,500 people.

VAULT 2014 featured adaptations of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas and Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden. We almost doubled our lineup: including acts like Superbolt Theatre, Nabokov, and Dawn State, and comedians like Luisa Omielan, Sara Pascoe & Yve Blake. Audiences grew to 22,500.

VAULT 2015 was a huge step up in the quality of the festival.Forza Win created an Italian restaurant at the heart of a programme of over 100 artists. Our growing team of festival staff welcomed over 30,000 people to the Festival. Emma Thompson told us we were “the future of theatre”.

VAULT 2016 saw 40,000 guests come down to see a line-up that included a new Film Festival, a wildly entertaining family programme, and a bigger-than-ever roster of artists, who could blame them? The Suffolk Punch restaurant served up fine produce from the coast made by the Suffolk Young Producers.

VAULT 2017 welcomed 50,000 audience members to our biggest festival yet with The Network Theatre and Morley College joining the programme as external venues alongside brand new vehicle-venues orbiting the festival.

VAULT 2018 was an extraordinary festival, and our biggest to date. We extended to eight weeks and more than 70,000 people came to see shows made by 1,500+ creatives, raising over £15,000 for our charity partners The Passage and HeForShe.

Charity Partners

For 2018, VAULT is supporting two important causes: The Passage & HeForShe.

The Passage, a London based homeless charity, provides a wide range of services all year round to vulnerable and homeless people. Their mission is to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. The Passage tackles the issues that are contributing to, and keeping them, on the street and also provides further tenancy and employment support to ensure that where ever possible these men and women do not return to homelessness.

‘We are so pleased Vault Festival has chosen us to be one of their charity partners, it’s such an exciting festival and we are really proud to be involved and getting support from both the festival and it’s audience, especially at a time of year when our clients find things particularly difficult.’
Mick Clarke, The Passage CEO

When you buy any ticket to VAULT Festival, you’ll be given the chance to donate to The Passage. Every donation goes towards helping The Passage tackle homelessness in London. The Passage are proud to say 95p in every £1 they receive in donations goes directly towards supporting homeless and vulnerable people.


The world is at a turning point. People everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. They know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. And when these powerful voices are heard, they will change the world. The time for that change is now.

HeForShe is inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. And it starts by taking action right now to create a gender equal world

Our Venues

VAULT 2018 takes place across numerous venues in Waterloo, all of whom we’re grateful to be working with. For directions, please see the Your Visit page.

The Vaults

Leake St, London, SE1 7NN | www.thevaults.london

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.

Network Theatre

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.

Waterloo East Theatre

Brad Street, London, SE1 8TN | www.waterlooeast.co.uk

The Waterloo East Theatre has been in operation for almost seven years. Since opening, there have been over 200 productions that have entertained more that 85,000 ticket holders with many productions receiving critical acclaim and Off West End award wins and nominations establishing Waterloo East Theatre as one of the top off West End venues.

Travelling Through…

131 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7AE | www.travellingthrough.co.uk

Travelling Through… is a modern fusion of independent bookshop, cafe, culture hub and art space with a specific focus on world culture, art and travel. Our books are categorised by location rather than by genre providing the customer with an alternative way to discover and re-discover books from many latitudes, longitudes and cultural origins. We will also showcase art & crafts and serve artisan bites from across the globe.

Sponsors & Partners

VAULT is proud to work with a number of sponsors and partners.