VAULT closes its triumphant doors!

We shut our doors last Saturday (Tim’s Birthday) after six magnificent and extraordinary weeks of festival. What a time we had! We were incredibly proud to have curated and commissioned this years VAULT to the standard that – across the board – impressed and inspired over twenty thousand guests.   Our favourite events from the line up included Move To Stand (link) whose show The Collision of Things was utterly breathtaking, and wonderfully performed by a small ensemble. We have to say, Yve Blake‘s Then was also one of our favourites – we wish both of them the very best as those shows go on to fly in other places. It would be impossible to list everything we enjoyed about the programme here, so you’ll just have to peruse the VAULT website to see it all.   Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, directed by Lou Stein, managed to utterly divide the critics. Two four star reviews, two two star reviews, a five AND a one – so who was right? Well, nearly five thousand people came to see the show, so I’m sure you know one of them. Why not ask them – if they can remember it! Lots of totally immersed audiences for that show…   The Cement Garden was a real gem, and David Aula really created something that we, as Creative Producers, were proud to help with. George Mackay and Ruby Bentall led a spectacular cast, with David Annen, Victoria Gould, Georgia Clarke-Day and Chris Webster receiving standing ovations on many nights of their sellout run. There might even be a future for this show…...

Hammer Horror Cinema

Hammer Horror Cinema! That’s right, the legendary Hammer have agreed to show their back catalogue of films – including the world premiere of the digitally remastered Dracula: Prince of Darkness – in our terrifying little cinema. This is super exciting. Obvs. the flicker club will be presenting each screening with their own take on the film, inviting a celebrity actor connected to the film to read from a source text. The possibilities here are endless – and enticing, considering some of the talent Hammer have seen over the years! Get ready to book tickets in ten days...

Curtain Called.

Heritage Arts are spectacularly proud to have been Associate Producers for Ron Arad’s Curtain Call, now finishing its month in the Roundhouse main space. We were at the centre of the project for six months and now feeling justly proud of our achievements: “Playful, original and brilliant” Observer “A new way to see art” BBC From helping to plan artist commissions (and that includes Christian Marclay and Mat Collishaw) to managing the budget, from getting heads together to solve technical conundrums to routing spectators through the Roundhouse, Heritage Arts provided the production with real expertise. Thanks goes especially to Lucy Atkinson at the Roundhouse, Michael Castellana at Ron Arad Associates, and the superlatively impressive Peter Wilms. Projects like this – that don’t have a genre, that are outside classification – really interest us. Let us know what you’re up to – drop us a line. Thanks for reading....

‘Coming Up’ Festival!

  We’ve opened booking for our Old Vic and IdeasTap project – the Coming Up Festival! Heritage Arts Company have been managing the progress of the festival and chairing the Creative Directors. The Collective are a group of creative producers with a brilliantly wide range of disciplines, all under 30 and all on the cusp of becoming real players in some very difficult professions. This programme of events will tell you how broad their interests and skills are, and also it will tell you a lot about the generosity of the various supporters of the project. Creative industries face an uncertain future, and the opportunity provided by this project, both this year and hopefully in the future, demonstrates how hard the Heritage Arts Company has been working to provide a professional creative community for tomorrow. We begin with Jamie Lewis Hadley’s wrestling extravaganza, quickly followed by Cherry Franklin, whose Old Roots/New Routes project brings together some fantastic music and spoken word acts. Daisy Evans’ Dido & Aeneas is a groundbreaking personalisation of the opera experience, and Nina Smith closes off the first week with her sumptuous and devilish Caravaggio-inspired banquet, Eat Your Heart Out. And while Spike Laurie has commissioned a new play to form a part of his multi-platform ‘Civil Unrest’, Preethi Mavahalli is curating a fortnight of films that you won’t catch anywhere else. Associated producers Rachel Tyson and Alex LeRoux are bringing even more life to the venue with the Coalition double-bill of new writing and the club night Electric Tunnels. Coming Up is a launchpad for these six Creative Directors – you’ll be seeing more...

Radio SHAC LAUNCHES!

                The day has come for us to set sail.   We have stowed the rice and rum and we are ready to embark on a journey. We need whisperers in the crow’s nest and fibbers at the helm. The Radio SHAC Van is now heading off to begin its mission of collecting and cross referencing the little legends of your worlds. Take fifteen minutes to listen to the first few miles – there’ll be many more. A certain Dr Abagnale thinks his mission is complete; in fact, it’s only just begun. We hope you’ll enjoy the journey. Mat has been working fantastically hard doing the editing and we plan to keep him that way. The Radio SHAC has committed to broadcasts regularly between now and next summer, when the mission takes on a new and exciting form… We’ll keep you informed on that, but for now – tell your friends, join our groups, and listen up. We’ll be announcing the themes for the coming broadcasts (this month: Home) and we want submissions from writers, singers, journalists, actors – young and old.   – Tim   Click through to the Radio SHAC...