Category: Vault Festival

Interview, Adam Scott-Rowley, “We wanted to see how far we could push it without it becoming caricature”

Interview, Adam Scott-Rowley, “We wanted to see how far we could push it without it becoming caricature”

For more details about This Is Not Culturally Significant, please see my accompanying news article and review from the Vaults Festival.


This Is Not Culturally Significant was a highlight of this year’s Vaults Festival. Adam Scott-Rowley delivers an exposing performance that simultaneously shocks and slays his audience. What’s more, he is entirely naked for the whole thing. Now it has quickly transferred for a three-week run to The Bunker and judging by its current reception will only transfer onto bigger and better things in the near future.

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Interview: Oli Forsyth and Smoke & Oakum Theatre

Interview: Oli Forsyth and Smoke & Oakum Theatre

Vault Festival always produces exciting, innovative and though-provoking work and 2017 was no exception. Top of my list this year was Kings, a witty, insightful show that throws a spotlight on a group of individuals we are all too happy to forget about in society. As with other Smoke & Oakum productions, the creative mastermind behind this show about homelessness is writer and Artistic Director, Oli Forsyth. Kings stays true to Forsyth’s successful writing style and builds on the successes of past shows such as Cornermen and Happy Dave – real people having real conversations about real life. Emotive; empathetic; exceptionally talented in the nuances his script conjures forth.

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Exeunt Review: Labels

Originally published on Exeunt


Joe Sellman-Leava opens Labels with quotes from Nigel Farage, Katie Hopkins, Nick Griffin, Idi Amin and Donald Trump, to name but a few. In the first two minutes the audience are hit with a barrage of racial abuse, mandates to force out the immigrants and send them back as if trying to prevent an alien invasion. Independence Day, this is not.

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Exeunt Review: The Gran Show

Exeunt Review: The Gran Show

Originally published on Exeunt


Viki Browne devotes this show to the memory of her grandmother. People grieve in different ways and for Browne this is her way of processing her sadness. The Gran Show is a work-in-progress and Browne is understandably nervous at the start of her show. Technical elements don’t go as smoothly as an audience would like, but the most an artist can hope for with a work in progress is that the concept holds strong and true. Browne’s concept, her artistry, leaves no room for doubt.

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