About VAULT

VAULT Festival is London’s biggest, boldest and bravest arts and entertainment festival, hosting hundreds of events each year across Waterloo.

In 2019, VAULT Festival returns from 23 January to 17 March with 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.

“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

VAULT Festival 2019 Credits

PRODUCED BY 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
ART DEPARTMENT 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
BAR MANAGERS Ben Coombs, Aaron Dart, Ciaran Duce, Allie Monroe, Adam Mort, Ritchie Xavier
FOOD BY PopCo

FESTIVAL ASSISTANTS 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

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
Crucible Creative | cruciblecreative.co.uk
Chris Perkin | eventotron.com
Tom Dearden

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.

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 2019, VAULT is supporting two important causes: Help Refugees & Child.org’s Team Mum campaign

Help Refugees

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.

Child.org’s Team Mum Campaign

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.

Our Venues

VAULT Festival 2019 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 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.

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.

Travelling Through…

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

Travelling Through… is an independent cafe-bar & bookshop serving wine, beer, ales, cider and soft drinks alongside light snacks in a relaxed setting. VAULT Festival comedy will be held downstairs in the cosy basement cafe-bar space. Check out the latest on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook or website: travellingthrough.co.uk

The Horse & Stables

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.

Unit 9

Audiences for performances taking place at Unit 9 should assemble outside the main entrance of The Vaults.

Atmospheric immersive performance space at the end of Leake Street graffiti tunnel.

Sponsors & Partners

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

WeAreWaterloo

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.”

Pleasance Futures

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

Meantime Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery in Greenwich, London, England.

Stagedoor

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

White Light is the complete production solution specialist operating in a range of markets.

Nick Hern Books

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

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

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.

Liana Collection

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

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

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.

Stage Sound Services

As a major independent supplier of sound and video equipment SSS provide a fully integrated service and technical expertise across the UK and internationally.

Meet the Team

Festival Steering Team

Becky Brown
Head of Producing & Programme Management

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.

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.

Produced By
The Heritage Arts Company
Directors: Mat Burt & Andy George

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