An adventurous new play about tough choices in cold climates

“I’m sorry I did what I did. But I needed to make you see.”

This is a story about change.

For as long as she can remember, Tess has wanted to fight for what’s important, to campaign against the forces pushing our world towards collapse. So she’s come north, further than she’s ever been, to make her voice heard.But now, aboard an Arctic vessel off the coast of Russia, she is confronted with radical new ideas, of what fighting really means. Because maybe having your voice heard isn’t quite enough. It’s what people hear that matters. Or think they hear. In a modern world people can make the news whatever they want it to be. How can protest cut through this? How can Tess be sure people know what she stands for? And if she can’t, what is she willing to sacrifice to be heard?

CAUSE is a biting new play from award-winning writer James Huntrods, a twisting, continent-sprawling journey to a place where every belief is held to scrutiny, and one where intention itself is under assault. Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson (Testament, Pick of the VAULT 2017).

1hr 00m
The Vaults
21 — 25 Feb 19:30
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About the company

James Huntrods

James Huntrods is an award-winning writer working in theatre, television and radio, and is part of Soho Theatre’s Alumni writer’s group. He has had a number of successful productions at Edinburgh Fringe and has staged shortform work at Arcola, the Bush, the New Diorama, Theatre503 and Southwark Playhouse. For television, he has multiple series in development and is currently writing episodes for Cartoon Network and Disney. For audio he’s written episodes of acclaimed podcasts Wooden Overcoats and Hector vs The Future.

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).

Artistic Team
Adam Line
Lucy Jane Atkinson
James Huntrods
Baśka Wesołowska
Stage Manager
Ellie Haffenden
Sound Designer
Mark Sutcliffe
Lighting Designer
Ali Hunter
Casting Director
Becky Paris
Rebecca Tebbett
Lewis Hart
Lanna Joffrey

Press & Reviews

Praise for Testament at VAULT 2017

"Intriguing, gripping stuff" ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1

"Bernays has managed to create a new and captivating angle to the Bible and it's impossible not to engage with their stories." A Younger Theatre

"A thoroughly engaging watch." Exeunt Magazine

"Gripping and grisly stuff" The Peg