Casting Call: Great Expectations

Crowley & Co. and the Heritage Arts Company are holding a day of auditions for the lead role of Pip in their upcoming production of Great Expectations at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington, 12th Dec 2017 – 6th January 2018. We are specifically looking to audition BAME, male 18 – 26 years old actors for this performance. Great Expectations is set in a diverse, modern London and it’s crucial that this story of social mobility has a cast reflective of its message. The casting call will take place at the Old Red Lion Theatre on the 12th October, 2017. Please see below for application details. ABOUT THE SHOW Great Expectations is a funny, fast-paced and moving adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens, catapulting Pip into the 21st century. The script, adapted by Tom Crowley (Shock Treatment, The Quentin Dentin Show) fully reimagines the classic story for the modern day, while capturing Dickens’s humour, his humanity and his sense of adventure. Great Expectations remains a story about the ageless themes of unrequited love, the divide between the rich and the poor, and what it means to be a ‘good person’. Pip is a council estate boy with no money, and no hope for the future. His mother, widow Jo Gargery, is a police officer struggling to provide for herself and her son. Before long, Pip’s life is changed forever after he meets mysterious fugitive Magwycz, the beautiful but troubled Estella and the fearsome, wounded Miss Havisham. Pip’s whirlwind adventure takes him to the heights of big city success – and into more danger than he could have ever imagined. Critically-acclaimed...

VAULT 2016 Comes To An End

March arrives, another VAULT Festival comes to an end with a celebration. After six weeks of eclectic performances, VAULT Festival 2016 closed on Sunday 6th March, after our most successful year yet with 45,000 in attendance over the six weeks. Highlights were celebrated with VAULT Festival Awards for shows such as ‘Skin A Cat’, ‘The Vanishing Man’, ‘Orator’ and many others. The past six weeks have thoroughly satisfied the intellects, funny bones, dancing feet, hunger and thirst of VAULT Festival’s 45,000 visitors.  204 groups of artists presented performances, film screenings, parties, workshops and more, from 27th January until 6th March in the arches beneath Waterloo Station. Furthermore this year’s new addition of a pop-up restaurant, The Suffolk Punch, served over 5000 diners and received rave reviews. Tim had this to say: ‘VAULT 2016 aimed to bring people together to see wild and adventurous performances underground, and we’re proud that so many people came along for the ride. The sense of adventure that London’s audiences bring to VAULT is what keeps it going, and as plans are made about the future, the Festival is fiercely guarding its authenticity and reputation as a place for artists and audiences to take risks and share in success. On behalf of everyone who came to the Festival, thanks to the artists who trusted that our labyrinth in Waterloo was the right place to take a leap into the unknown.’ As many as 28 shows show saw sell out performance including ‘Das Spiel: Are You Part Of The Game?’, ‘The Misfit Analysis’ and ‘Squidboy’. Praise came from many sources with four stars from The Guardian for ‘The...

The People’s Festival: VAULT 2016

Eight unbelievable venues, three stylish bars and a top-notch restaurant, all hidden beneath Waterloo. From 6pm until the early hours, there’s nowhere else you need to be. Welcome to VAULT 2016 “The business model for the creative industries is broken. For every performer at Edinburgh working for nothing, read musician on Spotify or writer on the net. Providers of content make peanuts, while the controllers of the infrastructure… walk away with extraordinary profits. … How can we transfer some of the wealth grabbed by, say, hotels in Edinburgh and hand it to the people who generated it?” Patrick Collinson, The Guardian, 29 / 8 / 15 We want VAULT Festival to be the people’s festival. For six weeks, join this carnival of experience, filled with entertainment and around every corner an unexpected adventure. From hard-hitting drama to outrageous comedy, from dance to late-night parties, VAULT takes in the bravest and best of the next generation of creators. “It’s risky to bring a show [to Edinburgh Festival] that you know needs a lot of development in the faint hope that someone will spot a gold nugget and offer to help nurture it. In any case, if you are only here with something in the hope of catching someone’s eye, you are selling audiences short. They should be the people you really make the show for, not some producer who may or may not pitch up.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 20 / 8 / 15 We put up the flag here at the edge of theatreland, and gather acts & artists, bands & companies from all over to come and make...

Last Chance in Poznan – the European Festival Association Atelier

The VAULT Festival caravanserai is well and truly rolling now, and I’ve come back from Poznan full of energy to make VAULT 2015 the fieriest, fiercest and fullest festival London’s ever seen. I was selected to join 40 Festival Directors from around the world last week for the Atelier for Young Festival Directors (click to find out more). We learned from the absolute royalty of Festival-makers, including Mark Ball, Nele Hertling (click to read my blog) and Robyn Archer, about the entire cosmos of arts festivals. The job of a Festival Director is to engage a temporary city in a temporary thrill, to make a lightning bolt of conversation, and to sharpen the cutting edge of that conversation against the grind of people’s lives. That’s what VAULT is for. It will change you. It will listen to you. It will frighten you. It will boggle you. It is The Zahir.  In two editions, VAULT has gone from a twinkle in the HAC eye to a titan in London’s calendar, attracting 22,000 guests in 2014 – and next year, with our collectors eye for the bizarre and the beautiful, we’ll be bringing more of the nation’s finest young artists to new audiences here in the capital. We do have a mission. It’s about equality and honesty, above all else, and then it’s about people. And that’s clear in the way we’ve built the festival, and the way we try to treat people who work with us or who engage with our work. It’s our most exciting project. Please don’t miss...

Announcing VAULT 2015

  Following the enormous success of this year’s VAULT Festival, today we can announce that VAULT will return to Waterloo’s Leake Street tunnels from 28 January 2015 with six weeks of carefully curated, high quality arts programming for guests to discover. Hooray! The 2014 Festival saw over £100,000 go into the coffers of the participating artists. We are pretty proud of this, though really its the quality of the work and the people that we met that convinced us that London needs this festival. Over 20, 000 tickets were sold, with guests able to choose from 60 different events across the six weeks; up to 20 events were on offer each night across the seven chambers of The Vaults. VAULT 2015 will again see an eclectic mix of performance disciplines cohere in a space for adventure, discovery and fun. The artistic programme will be available alongside The VAULT Bar, open to the public every night, and one-off events – both ticketed and free. We are (you might be able to tell) very excited.The 2015 programme will be announced later this year. For updates visit www.thevaultfestival.com or follow the festival on Twitter @vaultfestival #vault2015 Press Representative: Maisie Lawrence at The Corner Shop PR on 020 7831 7657 or...

Arcola Run for Carlos Fuentes

We’re very proud to announce that we’re working with Nicolas Kent, the polymath and dedicated sabre-rattler who ran Kilburn’s Tricycle Theatre for many years, on a new play by Rashid Razaq: The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, based on the acclaimed short story by Hassan Blasim.   Nick’s chosen a really interesting play, taking some apparently familiar scenes and injecting them with surreal, challenging, and funny ideas. We didn’t know what to make of it on first reading, but his choices, and our meetings with the cast and creative team are leading us to think this is going to be a really great production.   Nabil Elouahabi plays the lead – a refugee with a very funny idea of identity. The play goes from funny to tragic very quickly and Ellan Parry’s design is going to fit really well in the new Arcola space.   We run from July 23rd to August 16th and you can book tickets here. Do come along – Nick is one of the most interesting and topical directors we’ve worked with and this promises to be a very entertaining evening.   See you...