This special industry showcase features extracts from original work developed during the VAULT Festival New Writing programme, performed by professional actors and guest-directed by VAULT Festival alumni.
*Best Friends for Never by Ramsey Hassan*
At 14, Kamal is sure of 3 things: Essex sucks, he's going to grow up to be the real life Tony Stark & his friendship with his life long BFF Salim. Then Salim tells him that his family are going to be moving out to Bahrain in 12 days. A funny & tender duologue about losing friends and being in love with someone and not knowing it.
*She is Another Word For Home by Eshoe Uwadiae*
A story about sisters, the collateral damage of family traditions and an England that does not want them, and the things they do to try and feel whole.
*Carrion by Matt Neubauer*
Everyone thinks you're someone else. Your horoscope is wrong. You can't leave the house without crying. All you really want is for your best friend to stop refreshing facebook and talk to you like they did before. And everywhere you go, you're being watched by crows.
A play about staring and gazing and bearing witness to each other.
*People Like Sharon by Sahra Ali*
A nondescript job at a nondescript place. They’re part of a generation told to never settle, push ahead and dream big! Laila and David explore what it means to dream small, microscopically, or not at all.
*Zoltar by Jenny Novitzky*
Sickly neon and gritty chips. The seaside isn't a jolly holiday for the people living there. But when you're desperate to escape but you'e too scared to leave, where do you end up?
*How Are Things Are Fine by Elisabeth Lewerenz*
Between birthday cake and coffee, Jodie’s family always wants to know the same thing: “So, what’s new with you?” At 15, with below average grades and no idea what she wants to do with her life, Jodie doesn’t know how to answer that question without sounding like a failure. At 25 and well on her way to having it all, her sister Emma must be able to help.
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.
The VAULT Festival 2019 New Writers Programme was developed by playwright and screenwriter Camilla Whitehill (Where Do Little Birds Go?, Mr Incredible, Freeman) in partnership with Gillian Greer, Head of Theatre for VAULT Festival 2019, and is proudly supported by leading theatre publishers and performing rights agents Nick Hern Books.