A Hundred Words for Snow

A coming of age story. With polar bears.

“It’s a bit weird to be sitting in the Arctic Circle chatting to a fit boy with your Dad’s ashes in your backpack”

Rory’s Dad was an explorer. Well, not literally. Literally he was a Geography teacher. But inside, she knows, he was Bear Grylls.

And when he dies suddenly in an accident, Rory knows he needs her help to make one last expedition.

With a plastic compass and Dad’s ashes at her side, Rory sets off in the footsteps of all the dead beardy explorers before her to get Dad to the North Pole. Before Mum finds out they’ve gone.

‘A Hundred Words for Snow’ is about being an explorer in a melting world. It’s a coming of age story. With polar bears.

1hr 05m
The Vaults
07 — 11 Mar 21:30
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About the company

Tatty Hennessy – Writer:
Tatty is a graduate of the Royal Court and Lyric Young Writer’s Programmes. Her last play, a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, was commissioned by Theatre N16 for Christmas and revived due to demand for Easter. Her previous play All That Lives was developed in association with Ovalhouse for a sold-out run in their studio space. She has written new work for Emerge, The Miniaturists and Little Pieces of Gold, and was commissioned by LAMDA to write an original play, Immaculate, for their students. She is passionate about tackling big ideas through small lenses, and telling stories with ambition and heart.

Lucy Jane Atkinson – Director:
Lucy Jane Atkinson trained at LAMDA. Recent work includes the American premiere of Victoria Benedictsson’s THE ENCHANTMENT, off Broadway in New York, as well as work by award winning playwrights Camilla Whitehill, John O’Donovan, Milly Thomas, Cordelia O’Neill, and Susie Sillett.
Her upcoming work includes a West End transfer of TESTAMENT by Tristan Bernays (VAULT 2017 Pick of the Week, “Intriguing, gripping stuff.” ★★★★★ London Theatre1).
At this year’s VAULT she is directing 3 shows. A HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW, by Tatty Hennessy (week 7), CAUSE, by James Huntrods (week 5), and SECONDBESTS by Richard Marsh (week 1 & week 8).

RG Creative – Producer:
RG Creative is run by Rebecca Gwyther who works as a freelance director and producer. This year at VAULT Festival she is producing A Hundred Words for Snow and Great Again: The Musical. Recent productions include Small Traumas (The Lion & Unicorn Theatre), What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors (Pleasance Courtyard & UK Tour), Claustrophilia (VAULT Festival), Glockenspiel (Tristan Bates Theatre), Finders Keepers (Hot Coals Theatre, ZOO), Cain (The Hope Theatre & New River Studios) and ACE funded Headways Festival (The Albany, Deptford).
Rebecca is a Producer for Old Sole Theatre Company and Blue Guitar Theatre Company. She assisted with Conviction (Above the Arts) and has also worked in press and marketing at C venues (2015) and Summerhall (2016 & 2017) during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Gemma Barnett – Performer:
Gemma is a recent graduate from the Oxford School of Drama.
Recent credits: Matt Parvin’s ‘Cousins’ Soho Theatre, Ella Road’s ‘Roosting’ Park Theatre, Rehearsed reading of Camilla Whitehill’s ‘Oil and Matter’ Bunker Theatre (Damsel Develops), Josie-Dale Jone’s ‘Flog’ Camden People’s Theatre.
Prior to training Gemma, as an associate artist of ThisEgg, co-wrote and performed ’Goggles’ which won the NSDF Edinburgh Emerging Artist’s Award and is now being published by Oberon.

Praise for Goggles:
“Lovely young work… deceptively funny…” Lyn Gardner
TOP PICKS in Exeunt Magazine, Three Weeks and The Times

Artistic Team
Tatty Hennessy
Lucy Jane Atkinson
Rebecca Gwyther for RG Creative
Lighting & Projection Designer
Gillian Tan
Sound Designer
Mark Sutcliffe

Press & Reviews

Praise for The Snow Queen by Tatty Hennessy

‘The Snow Queen is one of the best children’s shows I’ve seen – intelligent, imaginative and spellbinding.’ ★★★★ Fairypowered
‘Puns and jokes coming thick and fast, some of the best I've heard in any Christmas show...delight for children and adults alike'  ★★★★ Female Arts

​‘a tale of imagination to melt the heart... so utterly beguiling that no lavish pantomime could possibly hope to compete’ ★★★★ From The Box Office

★★★★ Auditorium Magazine
★★★★ Reviewsgate
★★★★ London Theatre 1
★★★★ Actdrop
★★★★ The Peg Review
★★★★ Views from the Gods 

Praise for Testament, directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson

VAULT Festival 2017 Show of the Week

‘Intriguing, gripping stuff’ ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1

‘A thoroughly engaging watch.’ Exeunt Magazine

‘Gripping and grisly stuff’ The Peg