Presented by Fight and Hope

The rest of his species was declared extinct.
His location is a closely guarded secret.
He is the last of his kind.

Vespertilio is a new play about love, loneliness, lies and bats. The story of one man's obsession and the charming young runaway he meets in the dark.

Theatre & Performance
Varies20 — 24 Feb
Cavern - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
Combo OfferDramaEnvironmentalLGBTQ+Member Offer
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About the company

Fight and Hope

Barry McStay is an accomplished Irish playwright whose recent plays have been longlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize (All These Maybes), the 2016 Theatre 503 Playwriting Award (Bir Tawil) and 2018 Theatre 503 Playwriting Award (Zeb And Eoin). He is one of the shortlisted writers currently creating a play for Olivier Award-winning theatre company Fishamble as part of their landmark ‘A Play For Ireland’ scheme. He has written for Miniaturists, Newsjack (BBC Radio 4), NewsRevue (Canal Café Theatre) and had short work performed at Waterloo East, Old Red Lion and National Youth Theatre.

Lucy Jane Atkinson is an award winning director of new writing. Last year she was named Number 1 on The Stage’s ‘Top Talents To Watch’ from VAULT Festival 2018, and her plays at VAULT have won both the Pick of the Week, and the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work. One of the shows she directed at last year's festival, A Hundred Words For Snow, is transferring to Trafalgar Studios in March. She has directed new works by Camilla Whitehill, John O’Donovan, Tristan Bernays, Milly Thomas, Isley Lynn, and Susie Sillett, among others.

Jess Duxbury has produced multiple shows for the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals including the award-winning comedy collective Casual Violence (shows including Om Nom Nominous, A Kick in the Teeth and Choose Death) and Assistant Directed DreamThinkSpeak’s ABSENT, an immersive site-specific installation performance at Shoreditch Town Hall. She’s worked on productions varying from intimate two-hand plays to large-cast musicals and immersive theatre, with a wealth of experience both in production teams and on stage.


Barry McStay, Writer:
THE LIGHTHOUSE, shortlisted for Fishamble: The New Play Company’s ‘A Play For Ireland’ 2018
BIR TAWIL, Mick Lally Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival 2017
OUR ISLAND, Project Arts Theatre, Tiger Dublin Fringe, September 2015
ALL THESE MAYBES, long-listed for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize

Lucy Jane Atkinson, Director:
A HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW by Tatty Hennessy (RG Creative, VAULT Festival, Winner – Origins Award for Outstanding New Work), 2018
CAUSE by James Huntrods (Adam Line Productions, VAULT Festival), 2018
TESTAMENT by Tristan Bernays (Old Sole, VAULT Festival, Winner - Show of the Week), 2017
OIL AND MATTER by Camilla Whitehill (Damsel Develops, Bunker Theatre) 2017

Jess Duxbury:
Producer, VARIOUS SHOWS for Casual Violence Comedy (Edinburgh & Brighton Fringe Festival, touring and London) 2011-2014
Producer, THUMBELINA for Bard & Troubadour (Brighton Fringe 2014 and Emporium Theatre October 2014)
Director, Brighton: Theatre Uncut (November 2014)
Assistant Director, ABSENT for DreamThinkSpeak (Shoreditch Town Hall, Dir. Tristan Sharps 2015)

Press & Reviews

Praise for Barry McStay's previous work:
*****, ‘Barry McStay’s delectable script...Pure magic' - The Examiner
****, ‘This timely play... Like a classic sitcom with sharply observed characterisations’ - The Sunday Times
’A terrific piece of writing’ - The Sunday Independent
‘An outstanding piece of theatre’ - Le Cool Dublin

Praise for Lucy Jane Atkinson's previous work:
***** - London City Nights
**** - "Warm, witty and wonderful." The Stage
**** - ActDrop
**** - LondonTheatre1

TESTAMENT, by Tristan Bernays
“Intriguing, gripping stuff” ????? LondonTheatre1
“A thoroughly engaging watch.” Exeunt Magazine
“Gripping and grisly stuff” The Peg

Lucy was recently named Number 1 on The Stage’s Top Talents To Watch from VAULT Festival 2018: "Her direction is simple, but acutely sensitive to the shifting energy of the writing. Evident but never overbearing."

Praise for Jess Duxbury's previous work:
“Exquisite” - The Guardian
“Absent is the sort of show that can change your world for a while” - What’s On Stage