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3:00pm
Cassie and the Lights Patch of Blue

Can kids be parents? From the team behind the multi award-winning We Live By The Sea (Critic's Pick and Best Theatre of the Year- The New York Times) comes a funny and uplifting story of childhood and adulthood, responsibility and fun, accompanied by live original music and projection.<br/>When Cassie’s mother leaves in the night, the teen wants to care for her younger sisters on her own. But is Cassie the right person to be "Mum" now, or should she let their foster parents adopt her sisters, and create a new family?<br/>Based on real-life events and interviews with children in care, Cassie and the Lights examines our ideas of what makes a family, and celebrates the incredible determination and resilience of teenagers. <br/>Patch of Blue's accolades include Best Theatre, Critic's Choice and Peace Foundation Awards, Adelaide Fringe 2017; The Guardian Top 6 Shows and Off West End Award nominations for Best Production and Best Ensemble. <br/>The press on 'We Live By the Sea' <br/>***** British Theatre Guide
***** Adelaide Theatre Guide
***** Adelaide Advertiser
***** A Younger Theatre
**** The Scotsman
**** The Stage

3:00pm
Chelsea Birkby: Sexistentialism Chelsea Birkby

From da club to Descartes, philosophy and pop culture combine in SEXISTENTIALISM a fun and thoughtful show about sexuality, shame and the self. “I guarantee anyone at the fringe will enjoy **** Mumble. Expect “good gags” Chortle, and a “gently incisive take” **** Bath Echo, from this two-time-finalist “one to watch” the “personable, likeable” Scotsman, Chelsea Birkby, as heard on Radio 4 Extra and Radio Oxford Laugh Lounge regular. Directed by Alex Farrow.<br/>I told my Nan I was doing a show about Sexual Shame and she said “who’s Shane?”. This is a show about how we talk about sex, how we experience sex, what happens when we can't talk about it, and how we embrace who we are. The short answer is- being a thot on IG (I think it was Socrates who said "know thyselfie"), but the journey to get there involves a trip through objectfication, big nights out, if we are objects, Existentialism, why Jean Paul Sartre is bae, and how we can be free. It's fun, funny, thoughtful, painful and empowering.

3:00pm
The Misadventures of David and Sam Al Dente Theatre

Join us, farmers, David and Sam, under the watchful eye of our rumbustious Gran, as we courteously portray to you our untold and epic adventures right here at VAULT Festival, in the flesh, in Waterloo.<br/>We don't promise facts. We don't even promise to get to the end of the show but we do so solemnly pledge a kaleidoscope of physical debauchery, completely chaotic magic and a unique little love story with a Cow. ALL of which is delivered with the best showmanship we can muster. Which is loads. So bring your Granny and all your family because this is a play for big kids and other adults.<br/>There's nothing to fear and nothing to lose 'cause Granny Barbs will be there and she always keeps us on the straight and narrow. Always.

3:00pm
Icarus The Wild and the Innocent

Icarus: the story of a boy who flew too close to the sun? Or did the Greek bloke who wrote it down get it wrong?
A mother and daughter are locked in a tower, 3 Gods bicker over their fate, perhaps youthful imagination is the key to freedom...
New Actor-Musician theatre company The Wild and the Innocent use live music, puppetry, clowning and loud shirts to ask: Should you always listen to your elders? Is the sky the limit and who's story is this to tell?
Suitable for all families and ages 7+
Work-in-Progress performances.

3:00pm
Lily Bevan Character Monologues Lily Bevan

A dazzling array of ten character comedy monologues for women by Lily Bevan (Globe Theatre/ Donmar Warehouse/ BBC/ Channel 4).
Now published by Nick Hern, alongside Lily's play 'Zoo'. <br/>These two Sunday performances feature Lily Bevan alongside fabulous guest actresses.<br/>From Tudors to Tattooists ..
A joyous, hilarious collection of misfits full of longing and loss and sadness.<br/>"Lily Bevan is one of the finest, funniest and most original writers
I know.
I have been reading, watching and sometimes even performing her
work for a few years now and it gets better and better."
- Emma Thompson, introduction to 'Pheasant Plucker'

3:10pm
THE JOURNEY OF A WARLIKE MIND Ana Luiza Ulsig

Rose rises from her tomb. From the dead, from the past. She alerts for an imminent war, for the extreme necessity of transformation of a woman’s soul, a woman who has stopped feeling. She has the key to the mind of Eva, our heroine, and her many facets that battle throughout the play.
The audience is taken into an adventure through imagination, fantasy, mystery, laughter and tears. The hardest journey of them all: from the mind to the bottom of the heart.
Based on a true episode of a mental breakdown, occurred during the impeachment process of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rouseff, in 2016, “The Journey of a Warlike Mind” deals with the inherent tension in the relationships between all the voices that live inside our minds, and establishes an up-to-date discussion on gender on a deep and intimate level. Eva has been silent for too long and needs to seek her essential voice.
The play is inspired by the book “Women who run with the Wolves”, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and the work of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797), a British writer and philosopher, considered by many to be the mother of modern feminism. Drawing on the tradition of storytelling, the play explores this medium by contrasting the ugliness of traumas with the beauty of transformation, launching our heroine into a process of healing.
The universe of this unique piece is embedded with elements of African music and dance, modern and electronic music, allied with a detailed character composition and an original dramaturgy grown from poems, paintings, tales and dramatic scenes.
"The Journey of a Warlike Mind" is, above all, about change, transformation and transcendental hope. A tragicomic and bittersweet tale about rediscovering the roles that we as women play in our lives and breaking patterns that have been so rigidly built within us.

3:15pm
The Legend of the Holy Drinker HUNCHtheatre

Award-winning international company HUNCHtheatre bring you an urgent modern adaption of Joseph Roth’s neglected 1939 European masterpiece. Andreas, a homeless immigrant alcoholic, is miraculously given a large amount of cash by a stranger. We follow him as he tastes luxury, drinks everything, confronts his dark past and tries to avoid more miracles. Using a team of refugee artists from across Europe, and incorporating their personal experiences, HUNCHtheatre update the text from a Europe on the brink of disaster in 1939 to London in 2020 . It is a tale for our times, a tale of homelessness, addiction, immigration and miracles in our city.

3:20pm
The Archive of Educated Hearts Casey Jay Andrews and Lion House

Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2018<br/>Scrawled diary entries & dog-eared photo albums unfold to reveal a delicate glimpse into the fragments of absolute joy and incomprehensible heartbreak that make up a lifetime. Honest & personal accounts of kindness, courage, friendship and family. The Archive is a mixture of poetic storytelling, verbatim interviews and a sprawling unfolding photo album of memories.<br/>An award-winning production crafted from true stories of families facing breast cancer, written & performed by Casey Jay Andrews.<br/>“Show I really loved yesterday was ‘The Archive of Educated Hearts’ about families living with breast cancer. Empathy, sympathy and wisdom... A beautiful, exquisitely understated piece of storytelling” LYN GARDNER <br/>Featured in The Scotsman’s “10 MUST-SEE THEATRE SHOWS” of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, "TOP 10 RETURNING SHOWS" and "TOP 4 SHOWS TO SEE IN UNDER AN HOUR" of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.<br/>**** “Her writing is so thoughtful and delicate... a show which is full of light, celebrating the rarest qualities of being human” THE SCOTSMAN<br/>***** “A narrative masterpiece with a philosophical focus” FRINGE BISCUIT<br/>***** “Powerful Theatre... an intimate, raw performance that is etched with love” EVENTALAIDE<br/>***** TULPA<br/>***** THIS IS RADELAIDE<br/>***** “Andrews is open and genuine, it is impossible not to like her... She unravels a world, or, her world rather, and draws the audience in so deeply that you will find yourself thinking of the people in her story as your own people too” WITHIN HER WORDS<br/>**** “A show of quiet, fragile magic... [Andrews is] a disarmingly informal performer... Blending personal storytelling with philosophical reflections on the need for human kindness” THE LIST<br/>***** Within Her Words<br/>***** Broadway Baby<br/>***** British Theatre Guide<br/>Featuring the voice of Michael Cochrane from BBC Radio 4’s “THE ARCHERS”.

3:30pm
Nathan Cassidy: Observational The Rat Pack Productions Ltd

Award-winning comedian Nathan Cassidy's true story of his magical, life-changing year. Nothing was happening, then he joined a new gym and a big, strong man changed his life forever. You couldn't make it up. <br/>BEST SHOW NOMINEE BUXTON FRINGE 2019<br/>Join Nathan for his uplifting, award-nominated and critically acclaimed show as he shares the magical true story of that man, that childhood friend, that duck-down duvet, and how he came to be called ‘Observational’.<br/>'As you watch his magic carpet unwind you sense a certain eerieness, that something special is going down, but you don’t know what... something transcendent, something sorcerous. Then comes the spinejangling & euphoric Keyser Söze finale, when all will seem well in the world!’ **** Mumble Comedy Aug 2019<br/>‘Excellent show!!!’ Trevor Lock, June 2019<br/>www.nathancassidy.com/AL

3:55pm
The Archive of Educated Hearts Casey Jay Andrews and Lion House

Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2018<br/>Scrawled diary entries & dog-eared photo albums unfold to reveal a delicate glimpse into the fragments of absolute joy and incomprehensible heartbreak that make up a lifetime. Honest & personal accounts of kindness, courage, friendship and family. The Archive is a mixture of poetic storytelling, verbatim interviews and a sprawling unfolding photo album of memories.<br/>An award-winning production crafted from true stories of families facing breast cancer, written & performed by Casey Jay Andrews.<br/>“Show I really loved yesterday was ‘The Archive of Educated Hearts’ about families living with breast cancer. Empathy, sympathy and wisdom... A beautiful, exquisitely understated piece of storytelling” LYN GARDNER <br/>Featured in The Scotsman’s “10 MUST-SEE THEATRE SHOWS” of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, "TOP 10 RETURNING SHOWS" and "TOP 4 SHOWS TO SEE IN UNDER AN HOUR" of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.<br/>**** “Her writing is so thoughtful and delicate... a show which is full of light, celebrating the rarest qualities of being human” THE SCOTSMAN<br/>***** “A narrative masterpiece with a philosophical focus” FRINGE BISCUIT<br/>***** “Powerful Theatre... an intimate, raw performance that is etched with love” EVENTALAIDE<br/>***** TULPA<br/>***** THIS IS RADELAIDE<br/>***** “Andrews is open and genuine, it is impossible not to like her... She unravels a world, or, her world rather, and draws the audience in so deeply that you will find yourself thinking of the people in her story as your own people too” WITHIN HER WORDS<br/>**** “A show of quiet, fragile magic... [Andrews is] a disarmingly informal performer... Blending personal storytelling with philosophical reflections on the need for human kindness” THE LIST<br/>***** Within Her Words<br/>***** Broadway Baby<br/>***** British Theatre Guide<br/>Featuring the voice of Michael Cochrane from BBC Radio 4’s “THE ARCHERS”.

4:30pm
SOLD Kuumba Nia Arts and Unlock the Chains Collective Co-Production

“To be free is very sweet”
When one woman tells of her extraordinary journey to overcome the brutality of slavery, she becomes a beacon for the British anti-slavery movement. Mary Prince was an auto-biographer and champion of freedom. Her book had an electrifying effect on the abolitionist movement helping to free many Africans in bondage.
Mary was born into enslavement on the British owned Island of Bermuda 1788? As with many enslaved people exact records of births and deaths can be difficult to come by and Mary's birth year is an estimation. She was the daughter of a House slave Sue and a Sawyer nothing unusual there but through Mary's narrative we are given rare insights into her life as an enslaved person. We learn of moments of love, conflict and some of the intricacies of chattel slavery that are seldom heard. When Mary's narrative was 1st published in 1831 it was the harsh realities the brutality of enslavement the treatment and dehumanisation of enslaved people that shocked readers. Also it was the fact of a woman speaking of flogging, of work that wasn't just back breaking but life taking. She shares with us her words and thoughts of how it felt to be enslaved, owned bought and sold. Mary's story gives us the voice of the 'chattel' those voices that are often silent, silenced, ignored or spoken for. Many who read her book could now picture enslaved people more fully as people with feelings, hopes and dreams. It also again highlighted Britain's role in enslavement. Often today many of us think of slavery as an American experience, hearing stories of the deep south, and forget that Britain played a major role. Mary's words help to remind us.
Told through theatre, song, drumming and dance, this masterpiece of Black British theatre is inspired by the storytelling traditions of the West African Griot/ Jeli.

4:30pm
Richard Stott: Toe The Line (Work in Progress) Richard Stott

Richard Stott - Toe The Line - After a critically acclaimed run of his debut hour Richard Stott is back to question the merits of fitting in. Having difference forced on him from birth Richard aims to explore comedically how being on the outside has affected him for good and for bad. A theatrical piece of comedic story telling with acidic punchlines, shining a light on what we turn away from.<br/>Told from the lense of a psychiatrists couch this is not your average comedy show. <br/>Dave's Top 10 Jokes 2019 - "Unquestionably Funny" - The Evening Standard - "Stands out in the myriad" **** The Skinny - "Definitely one to watch" **** Broadway Baby - "Reminiscent of Jonathan Pie" **** Three Weeks

4:30pm
Black Terror EnsiMedia

After a fatal stabbing, a promising young boxer is left for dead. As he lays unconscious he's transported to 18th century London where he receives lessons in not only Bare Knuckle boxing but what it really means to have courage. <br/>Black Terror takes you on a historical journey through Georgian England as boxing superstar Bill Richmond breathes life into a troubled young present day boxer. <br/>This is a work in progress written by Award Nominated Actor/Writer Kalungi Ssebandeke(ASSATA TAUGHT ME).

4:30pm
Hot Richard Marsh

A triple Fringe First-winning team take you to 2059. Adventures. Bandits. Sword fights. Spaceships. The Day After Tomorrow meets The Princess Bride in this action-adventure-romance where it’s not just the climate getting hotter. Can you find happy ever after when the world could end today? Come find out in the world’s first apocalomcom.<br/>Please note: the February show is a rehearsed reading. The March show is a script-in-hand scratch performance. Show image by Colin Behrens.<br/>Directed by Emily Jenkins, double Fringe First-winner, for Bobby & Amy and Rainbow.<br/>Written by Richard Marsh, single Fringe First-winner (which is still quite good) for Dirty Great Love Story (co-written with Katie Bonna).<br/>Starring Tanya-Loretta Dee (Back, Doctors, EastEnders, Middle Child theatre).

4:30pm
VOiD Tutti Tutti Productions

Ali is exhausted. Unable to detach reality from her own imagination she spins a tale that tests the limits of her identity and our own understanding. But does she know more than she’s letting on?
Seeing the world solely from her perspective we untangle a web that she herself seems scared to touch.
From the young voice of Sophia Capasso comes a gut punch that will leave audiences questioning the meaning of sanity. What do you do when you can no longer trust yourself and the system just isn't there to support you?

4:30pm
Push Popelei

So what do you do when you’ve made the brilliant decision NOT to have children and then, at age 35, you find yourself pregnant? Answers on a postcard, please. <br/>A mischievous look at the existential crisis of motherhood. Award-winning Popelei return to the stage to take you on an exhilarating journey through the guilt and the glory of one woman going her own way. <br/>Featuring blisteringly honest confessions, vibrant dance theatre and one extremely knocked up performer.

4:45pm
SLAM Minutes SLAM Minutes

A guerrilla theatre movement from SLAM King’s X
30 Performers + ONE Secret Location + ONE Trending Topic + ONE Minute Each
=
Motley Opinions & Solid Entertainment
60 singer-songwriters, spoken word, visual, drag and burlesque artists, comedians and playwrights bring you ONE MINUTE each on ONE trending topic. Cue varied opinion, cheap beer, open conversation and above all else, a bloody good show.<br/>SLAMinutes brings FOUR performances to VAULT Festival 2020:<br/>2nd Feb (Twice!): SLAMinutes Goes Mental
SLAMinutes tackles the biggest talking point yet ... Mental Health and this time: it’s a double bill. We’re bored out of our minds of mental health being spoken of as statistics instead of people, or not being talked about at all. Is it understood? No wait ... are we understood? <br/>9th Feb: SLAMinutes Does Kisschase (But It Won't Do That)
Ah February - thty) **e time of year when our hearts can be engorged with helium as can restaurant prices. The world around us is festooned with scarlet and baby pink. Fake, foil coated love in all its forms - but what’s wrong with that?
What’s love got to do with it anyway? <br/>23rd Feb: Gender Spectrum
We want to hear your story, your perspective, whoever you are on gender. Whether you are trans, non-binary, male, female or however you identify or don’t identify. Whether you have been held to ransom by the skin you’re in, or not, whether you have been subjected to toxic masculinity, or are toxic masculinity, what’s it like to be a woman? What’s it like to just be?

4:50pm
Something Awful Flux Theatre

Soph and her best friend Jel love scary stories. They hunt for the best ones on creepypasta sites, hunting the darkest online corners. But then strange and beautiful new girl Ellie turns up at school with a horror story of her own; a mysterious figure in the woods, the shadow of an axe. And when a girl in a nearby town goes missing, it seems their online monster’s come to life. <br/>Something Awful is a new play from Vault Award winning and Off West End Award nominated team Tatty Hennessy and Lucy Jane Atkinson, inspired by the real true crime story of the Slenderman. It’s a play about what we should be scared of, and where the real monsters live.

5:00pm
Joe Hobbs: Big Boy Joe Hobbs

Award winning newcomer Joe Hobbs is a big boy. Join him for his first full show, with irreverent anecdotes about growing up proper working class, living in Korea, masculinity in the modern world, and being a giant, delicate flower.<br/>Two time BBC New Comedy Award Nominee, Amused Moose Breakthrough Comedian Winner & So You Think You're Funny Runner Up.<br/>"Great writing and delivery, an audience favourite. Very natural stage presence. Polished, relaxed - want to see him again!"
- The Stand Comedy Club<br/>"Joe Hobbs is a playful, witty newcomer who keeps the audience guessing and the laughs coming."
- Rhod Gilbert

6:00pm
Cassie and the Lights Patch of Blue

Can kids be parents? From the team behind the multi award-winning We Live By The Sea (Critic's Pick and Best Theatre of the Year- The New York Times) comes a funny and uplifting story of childhood and adulthood, responsibility and fun, accompanied by live original music and projection.<br/>When Cassie’s mother leaves in the night, the teen wants to care for her younger sisters on her own. But is Cassie the right person to be "Mum" now, or should she let their foster parents adopt her sisters, and create a new family?<br/>Based on real-life events and interviews with children in care, Cassie and the Lights examines our ideas of what makes a family, and celebrates the incredible determination and resilience of teenagers. <br/>Patch of Blue's accolades include Best Theatre, Critic's Choice and Peace Foundation Awards, Adelaide Fringe 2017; The Guardian Top 6 Shows and Off West End Award nominations for Best Production and Best Ensemble. <br/>The press on 'We Live By the Sea' <br/>***** British Theatre Guide
***** Adelaide Theatre Guide
***** Adelaide Advertiser
***** A Younger Theatre
**** The Scotsman
**** The Stage

6:00pm
Little Boxes Alphamum Productions Ltd

"Don't stack me away in little boxes to collect dust!" <br/>Laugh and cry as Joann Condon (Little Britain, Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes, The Office, Edge of Heaven, Cradle to Grave) presents Little Boxes. "My new one woman show lifts the lid on all the little boxes that are created for us: Mum, woman, actor, writer, comic, cook, cleaner... who am I... and who are you... really? <br/>Have you ever felt that you have been unfairly categorised, pigeon-holed, "boxed-up"? You want to scream, "That's not me! You don't know me!" It happens to all of us; friends, family and people you've just met put you in a box and keep you there. And yes, we do it to ourselves and to other people.
Well, actress and comedian Joann, has had enough. "Just because we look a certain, way and speak a certain way, and are of a certain age, people make snap decisions about who we are." Follow Joann on her journey of discovery, as she sorts through the boxes she has accumulated during her life.

6:00pm
First Time Nathaniel Hall presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts

Can you remember your first time? Nathaniel can’t seem to forget his. To be fair, he has had it playing on repeat for the last 15 years.<br/>Now the party is over, the balloons have all burst and he’s left living his best queer life: brunching on pills and Googling kangaroo vaginas, ancient condoms and human cesspits on a weekday morning... or is he? <br/>Fresh from his critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut, award-winning HIV+ theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall presents this ‘hilarious’ and ‘heart breaking’ autobiographical solo show about growing up positive in a negative world. <br/>Join him as he blows the lid on the secret he’s been keeping all these years.<br/>***** “Moving and educational” The Stage (included as one of the best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019)<br/>“Packs an emotional punch that resonates even after you’ve left the theatre” The Guardian<br/>"An unabashedly heart on sleeve crowd, pleasing-show... crucial for raising awareness of HIV" Lyn Gardner, StageDoor<br/>***** "Compelling, motivating, triumphant" BroadwayBaby<br/>***** "A must see" ThreeWeeks<br/>***** "One hell of a ride" Northern Soul<br/>**** "Universal and deeply moving" Attitude<br/>“A truly remarkable story of triumph, I was in awe” Russell T. Davies<br/>Winner of the inaugural Venues North Edinburgh Fringe Award 2019.<br/>Supported by Arts Council England, Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford. Proud to be partnered with George House Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust and HIV Scotland.

6:10pm
Santi & Naz The Thelmas

3 stars August 1947. Long-awaited independence for India and Pakistan, and the end of British rule. But it wasn’t a cause of celebration for everyone: there were many deaths, and mass migration ripped friends and families apart as people struggled to find where they belonged in a changing world. Santi & Naz is the story of two friends growing up in an Indian village in the 1940s, initially unaware of the events that will soon change their lives forever; it’s a small and intensely personal tale, which effectively conveys the confusion and suffering caused by global events. Read the full review.

Santi & Naz are best friends living in a small village in pre-partition India. Their story spans between 1945 & 1949. When Naz is betrothed to an older man, the threat of separation for the young women looms large on the horizon. As the political situation around partition worsens and violence erupts, they take drastic action. Santi & Naz explores childhood friendship, identity and loyalty set against the backdrop of a country soon to be changed forever. New play by Guleraana Mir and Afshan D’souza-Lodhi, from award-winning company The Thelmas, makers of LADYKILLER & COCONUT.

6:15pm
Jekyll vs Hyde LOLS Productions

Witness the struggle between good and evil, order and chaos, taste and... bad taste. Two performers (repressed stiff Laurence and fun-loving anarchist Lindsay) battle to perform wildly clashing versions of Stevenson's classic. Will their working partnership (and marriage) emerge unscathed? A comedic, musical romp from the dynamic duo that brought you The Time Machine, Cinemusical, Cinemusical High, and Madame Magenta: Libros Mystica. Starring Malcolm Hardee Award winner Laurence Owen and 50-metre swimming certificate holder Lindsay Sharman (LolsProductions.co.uk). 'Delightful' ***** (BroadwayWorld.com). 'A hilarious gem' ***** (MusicalTalk). 'Ridiculously clever' **** (Scotsman). 'Wonderful' (Stephen Fry). BroadwayWorld.com Award Nominee

6:15pm
SLAM Minutes SLAM Minutes

A guerrilla theatre movement from SLAM King’s X
30 Performers + ONE Secret Location + ONE Trending Topic + ONE Minute Each
=
Motley Opinions & Solid Entertainment
60 singer-songwriters, spoken word, visual, drag and burlesque artists, comedians and playwrights bring you ONE MINUTE each on ONE trending topic. Cue varied opinion, cheap beer, open conversation and above all else, a bloody good show.<br/>SLAMinutes brings FOUR performances to VAULT Festival 2020:<br/>2nd Feb (Twice!): SLAMinutes Goes Mental
SLAMinutes tackles the biggest talking point yet ... Mental Health and this time: it’s a double bill. We’re bored out of our minds of mental health being spoken of as statistics instead of people, or not being talked about at all. Is it understood? No wait ... are we understood? <br/>9th Feb: SLAMinutes Does Kisschase (But It Won't Do That)
Ah February - thty) **e time of year when our hearts can be engorged with helium as can restaurant prices. The world around us is festooned with scarlet and baby pink. Fake, foil coated love in all its forms - but what’s wrong with that?
What’s love got to do with it anyway? <br/>23rd Feb: Gender Spectrum
We want to hear your story, your perspective, whoever you are on gender. Whether you are trans, non-binary, male, female or however you identify or don’t identify. Whether you have been held to ransom by the skin you’re in, or not, whether you have been subjected to toxic masculinity, or are toxic masculinity, what’s it like to be a woman? What’s it like to just be?

6:20pm
The Archive of Educated Hearts Casey Jay Andrews and Lion House

Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2018<br/>Scrawled diary entries & dog-eared photo albums unfold to reveal a delicate glimpse into the fragments of absolute joy and incomprehensible heartbreak that make up a lifetime. Honest & personal accounts of kindness, courage, friendship and family. The Archive is a mixture of poetic storytelling, verbatim interviews and a sprawling unfolding photo album of memories.<br/>An award-winning production crafted from true stories of families facing breast cancer, written & performed by Casey Jay Andrews.<br/>“Show I really loved yesterday was ‘The Archive of Educated Hearts’ about families living with breast cancer. Empathy, sympathy and wisdom... A beautiful, exquisitely understated piece of storytelling” LYN GARDNER <br/>Featured in The Scotsman’s “10 MUST-SEE THEATRE SHOWS” of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, "TOP 10 RETURNING SHOWS" and "TOP 4 SHOWS TO SEE IN UNDER AN HOUR" of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.<br/>**** “Her writing is so thoughtful and delicate... a show which is full of light, celebrating the rarest qualities of being human” THE SCOTSMAN<br/>***** “A narrative masterpiece with a philosophical focus” FRINGE BISCUIT<br/>***** “Powerful Theatre... an intimate, raw performance that is etched with love” EVENTALAIDE<br/>***** TULPA<br/>***** THIS IS RADELAIDE<br/>***** “Andrews is open and genuine, it is impossible not to like her... She unravels a world, or, her world rather, and draws the audience in so deeply that you will find yourself thinking of the people in her story as your own people too” WITHIN HER WORDS<br/>**** “A show of quiet, fragile magic... [Andrews is] a disarmingly informal performer... Blending personal storytelling with philosophical reflections on the need for human kindness” THE LIST<br/>***** Within Her Words<br/>***** Broadway Baby<br/>***** British Theatre Guide<br/>Featuring the voice of Michael Cochrane from BBC Radio 4’s “THE ARCHERS”.

6:30pm
Josh Berry: Work in Porgress RBM Comedy

Josh Berry has appeared on numerous platforms, such as BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, The Tracey Ullman show, and as a semi-regular on Radio 4’s hugely popular The Now Show (amongst other BBCR4 shows such as Dead Ringers, The Today Show and Newsjack), also guest appearing on several popular podcasts, such as James Acaster and Ed Gamble’s Off Menu, Happy Hour Podcast and Jokes With Mark Simmons. Josh has also clocked up millions of views online, namely with his ‘James Acaster Making Pasta’ sketch. <br/>“Absolutely superb!” Jon Culshaw<br/>This work in progress show sees the 23-year-old slice through British Culture with whimsical vocal parody and biting satire in equal measure. From Russell Brand, to Louis Theroux, Jacob Rees Mogg to Middle-Class mothers, few escape his withering gaze and his “merciful wit... nothing is off limits from his biting impressions” (The Wee Review).<br/>Josh’s ability as a satirical impressionist is fast gaining recognition; not only did Union Jack Radio recommission Josh’s five-star rated satirical impressions sketch show, Josh Berry’s Fake News, for a second series, critics have labelled him: ‘already on par with the likes of Rory Bremner, Jon Culshaw and Ronnie Ancona’. (Brighton FringeReview)<br/>“Josh Berry? Fair play man, fair play” James Acaster
“Make no mistake: Berry’s impressions are second to none” The Wee Review

6:30pm
George Lewis (Work in Progress) Off the Kerb

George Lewis (tour support for Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Russell Kane & Josh Widdicombe) is back with a brand new show about the future. It's where you're headed, so you better listen up. George has recently appeared on Celebrity Mastermind and the Stand Up Sketch Show. He has written for Radio 4, 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You and his own weekly football column 'Funny Old Game' in the Times, so you're in safe hands. "An expert craftsman"- Chortle

6:55pm
The Archive of Educated Hearts Casey Jay Andrews and Lion House

Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2018<br/>Scrawled diary entries & dog-eared photo albums unfold to reveal a delicate glimpse into the fragments of absolute joy and incomprehensible heartbreak that make up a lifetime. Honest & personal accounts of kindness, courage, friendship and family. The Archive is a mixture of poetic storytelling, verbatim interviews and a sprawling unfolding photo album of memories.<br/>An award-winning production crafted from true stories of families facing breast cancer, written & performed by Casey Jay Andrews.<br/>“Show I really loved yesterday was ‘The Archive of Educated Hearts’ about families living with breast cancer. Empathy, sympathy and wisdom... A beautiful, exquisitely understated piece of storytelling” LYN GARDNER <br/>Featured in The Scotsman’s “10 MUST-SEE THEATRE SHOWS” of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, "TOP 10 RETURNING SHOWS" and "TOP 4 SHOWS TO SEE IN UNDER AN HOUR" of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.<br/>**** “Her writing is so thoughtful and delicate... a show which is full of light, celebrating the rarest qualities of being human” THE SCOTSMAN<br/>***** “A narrative masterpiece with a philosophical focus” FRINGE BISCUIT<br/>***** “Powerful Theatre... an intimate, raw performance that is etched with love” EVENTALAIDE<br/>***** TULPA<br/>***** THIS IS RADELAIDE<br/>***** “Andrews is open and genuine, it is impossible not to like her... She unravels a world, or, her world rather, and draws the audience in so deeply that you will find yourself thinking of the people in her story as your own people too” WITHIN HER WORDS<br/>**** “A show of quiet, fragile magic... [Andrews is] a disarmingly informal performer... Blending personal storytelling with philosophical reflections on the need for human kindness” THE LIST<br/>***** Within Her Words<br/>***** Broadway Baby<br/>***** British Theatre Guide<br/>Featuring the voice of Michael Cochrane from BBC Radio 4’s “THE ARCHERS”.

7:00pm
Passion On The Night Tube Tony Tang

Passion on the Night Tube is a solo play with music performed in English and Cantonese. It takes place in the early morning on the 24 hour Jubilee Line. Passion (Jimmy Wong) is a gay Chinese man who finds himself homeless and spending the weekend on the night tube. He tells the story of how he ended up in this situation. We see him not fitting in with his inherited culture and the gay scene. We meet, through his eyes, his family and others that have affected him. Passion will interact with the audience, but there is no audience participation (unless they want to). Warning there will be ukulele music!

7:20pm
Dan Kelly: How I Came Third in the North Korean Marathon Dan Kelly

What happens when you try to run 26 miles in the most secretive nation on earth? What happens when you run out of flapjacks the night before the big race? What happens when you hit the wall in front of 50000 people? In April 2018 I finished third in the North Korean Marathon. This is the story of how. It's about running, North Korea, and BBQ clams.

7:20pm
SOLD Kuumba Nia Arts and Unlock the Chains Collective Co-Production

“To be free is very sweet”
When one woman tells of her extraordinary journey to overcome the brutality of slavery, she becomes a beacon for the British anti-slavery movement. Mary Prince was an auto-biographer and champion of freedom. Her book had an electrifying effect on the abolitionist movement helping to free many Africans in bondage.
Mary was born into enslavement on the British owned Island of Bermuda 1788? As with many enslaved people exact records of births and deaths can be difficult to come by and Mary's birth year is an estimation. She was the daughter of a House slave Sue and a Sawyer nothing unusual there but through Mary's narrative we are given rare insights into her life as an enslaved person. We learn of moments of love, conflict and some of the intricacies of chattel slavery that are seldom heard. When Mary's narrative was 1st published in 1831 it was the harsh realities the brutality of enslavement the treatment and dehumanisation of enslaved people that shocked readers. Also it was the fact of a woman speaking of flogging, of work that wasn't just back breaking but life taking. She shares with us her words and thoughts of how it felt to be enslaved, owned bought and sold. Mary's story gives us the voice of the 'chattel' those voices that are often silent, silenced, ignored or spoken for. Many who read her book could now picture enslaved people more fully as people with feelings, hopes and dreams. It also again highlighted Britain's role in enslavement. Often today many of us think of slavery as an American experience, hearing stories of the deep south, and forget that Britain played a major role. Mary's words help to remind us.
Told through theatre, song, drumming and dance, this masterpiece of Black British theatre is inspired by the storytelling traditions of the West African Griot/ Jeli.

7:30pm
Black Terror EnsiMedia

After a fatal stabbing, a promising young boxer is left for dead. As he lays unconscious he's transported to 18th century London where he receives lessons in not only Bare Knuckle boxing but what it really means to have courage. <br/>Black Terror takes you on a historical journey through Georgian England as boxing superstar Bill Richmond breathes life into a troubled young present day boxer. <br/>This is a work in progress written by Award Nominated Actor/Writer Kalungi Ssebandeke(ASSATA TAUGHT ME).

7:30pm
VOiD Tutti Tutti Productions

Ali is exhausted. Unable to detach reality from her own imagination she spins a tale that tests the limits of her identity and our own understanding. But does she know more than she’s letting on?
Seeing the world solely from her perspective we untangle a web that she herself seems scared to touch.
From the young voice of Sophia Capasso comes a gut punch that will leave audiences questioning the meaning of sanity. What do you do when you can no longer trust yourself and the system just isn't there to support you?

7:45pm
Push Popelei

So what do you do when you’ve made the brilliant decision NOT to have children and then, at age 35, you find yourself pregnant? Answers on a postcard, please. <br/>A mischievous look at the existential crisis of motherhood. Award-winning Popelei return to the stage to take you on an exhilarating journey through the guilt and the glory of one woman going her own way. <br/>Featuring blisteringly honest confessions, vibrant dance theatre and one extremely knocked up performer.

7:45pm
The Legend of the Holy Drinker HUNCHtheatre

Award-winning international company HUNCHtheatre bring you an urgent modern adaption of Joseph Roth’s neglected 1939 European masterpiece. Andreas, a homeless immigrant alcoholic, is miraculously given a large amount of cash by a stranger. We follow him as he tastes luxury, drinks everything, confronts his dark past and tries to avoid more miracles. Using a team of refugee artists from across Europe, and incorporating their personal experiences, HUNCHtheatre update the text from a Europe on the brink of disaster in 1939 to London in 2020 . It is a tale for our times, a tale of homelessness, addiction, immigration and miracles in our city.

7:50pm
Something Awful Flux Theatre

Soph and her best friend Jel love scary stories. They hunt for the best ones on creepypasta sites, hunting the darkest online corners. But then strange and beautiful new girl Ellie turns up at school with a horror story of her own; a mysterious figure in the woods, the shadow of an axe. And when a girl in a nearby town goes missing, it seems their online monster’s come to life. <br/>Something Awful is a new play from Vault Award winning and Off West End Award nominated team Tatty Hennessy and Lucy Jane Atkinson, inspired by the real true crime story of the Slenderman. It’s a play about what we should be scared of, and where the real monsters live.

8:00pm
Christian Brighty plays God Bright Buoy Productions

Brighty was a Christian for 22 years. He's not anymore, but now he's giving God a go. From Creation to Satan, see your favourite bible stories born again in a way that'd make Lazarus turn around and get back in his grave. Come to be forgiven, stay until he's risen - for one hour Heaven is a place on Earth. Award-winning clown meets his maker in this physical comedy miracle.
"Genius" ***** Mumble Comedy
"Great fun... accompanied by a knowing sidewise glance that says: ‘What the hell are we all doing here?" (Steve Bennett, Chortle)
Winner Otherplace Award Brighton Fringe 2019
Sell Out Show Edinburgh 2019

8:15pm
Mo Omar Mo Omar

‘Omar has a winningly irreverent attitude to sacred cows, with a fresh and feisty delivery that gives him a contemporary edge’
Chortle<br/>Somali-born, Cardiff-raised and London-based, Mo Omar is a fast-rising talent with a unique perspective. Join him as he road-tests brand-new material on culture, faith and love in this work in progress show. <br/>Recently making his TV debut on Harry Hills Clubnite on Channel 4, Mo was also selected to perform in The Pleasance Comedy Reserve show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, and was a finalist in the BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award. 2017 saw Mo win the Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year competition, as well as achieving semi-finalist status in the So You Think You’re Funny and Amused Moose 2017 competitions. Mo Omar really is a name to look out for!

8:30pm
Harriet Braine: Les Admirables Harriet Braine

In this historical feminist coming-of-age musical comedy show, Harriet brings forth a team of rebellious women from the history of science to help her wage battle against ignorance, patriarchy and her inner demons. She also looks back over her career as a performer, from school plays to now, presenting her achievements alongside those of renowned inventors, healers and technological pioneers.
Bold move, idiot. <br/>***** EdFringeReview
**** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine "A highly enjoyable hour" The Scotsman

8:40pm
Carl Donnelly & Julian Deane: Two Vegan Idiots Carl Donnelly & Julian Deane

Two Vegan Idiots Live! Join Carl Donnelly and Julian Deane for a live version of their hilarious podcast ’Two Vegan Idiots’. Carl and Julian are not only amazing stand-up comedians but they are also vegans and more importantly, idiots. They’ll be joined by a special guest to discuss comedy, veganism and whatever else the live audience want them to discuss!. There will also be free vegan snacks that Carl has knocked up! Come on down!

8:40pm
Body Talk Full Disclosure Theatre

“Why can’t you just be yourself: an actual person, not a look. Not an image”<br/>Carl is 21, skinny, afraid to come out and hates his body. <br/>Cameron is 30, has the classic Instagram body but can’t connect with the real world. <br/>Phil is fat and 40, which in gay years feels like life is already over.<br/>Toned, fat or skinny? Bodies can be a big part of a gay man’s world. But for Carl, Cameron and Phil having the ideal one matters a little too much. <br/>Following the critically acclaimed 'Open' in 2019, Full Disclosure Theatre return to VAULT Festival with a touching three-hander that tackles the timely LGBTQ+ issue of male body image, and asks if our desire to look perfect cuts more than skin-deep. <br/>Sometimes to bare all, means taking off more than just your clothes. Join us for a whole new reveal on a gay’s anatomy.<br/>The cast includes Dominic Jones as Carl, Mark Philip Compton as Phil, and Taofique Folarin as Cameron, best known for starring in TV & Web Series 'The Grass is Always Grindr'.

8:50pm
George Fouracres: Gentlemon Fight in the Dog Ltd

George Fouracres, Wolverhampton's fancy-pantsiest son, tells stories of a Black Country childhood, sings ancient ballads, becomes occasional grotesques and splatters his odd brain matter all over the stage in his debut stand-up hour. You may know him from Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated sketch trio Daphne, or from BBC Radio 4, BBC Three, Channel 4 and ABC. If not, come, and behold. 'George is the future of comedy. He's a proper genius' (Caitlin Moran). 'A genuinely exciting comic actor who doesn't seem able to be not funny... put me in mind of a male Julie Walters' (Chortle.co.uk).

9:00pm
The Murder of Kuchuk Hanem Afkar

Satire. Politics. Sex. <br/>'The Murder of Kuchuk Hanem' explores the idea of the 'Oriental' woman: who she was. is and would like to be; how she has come to be seen and how she sees herself. It is a an exploration of a long taken-for-granted narrative that, through this unconventional farce of a play, we hope to finally challenge.

9:15pm
MOTHER Mother Comedy

Both ex-models looking for a more stable career, sketch comedy duo MOTHER are back for a raucous night of the best low brow, high camp sketch London has to offer. <br/>Bringing their hilarious brand of no holds barred comedy underground, grab a bev, get comfy and empty your bins because things are about to get trashy.

9:15pm
John Robertson: The Dark Room Austin Talent

‘Watching audiences attempt to tackle the challenge and fail is one of the funniest sights around, don’t miss it.’ (Daily Telegraph)<br/>YOU AWAKE TO FIND YOURSELF IN A DARK ROOM! You, the audience, are trapped in an interactive, retro gaming nightmare; choose an option, find the way out, and escape The Dark Room! If you succeed, you’ll take home £1000... but if you fail YOU WILL DIE! For you are not alone in The Dark Room; the merciless overlord of improv, John Robertson, is here to guide you through an hour of expertly crafted chaos and anarchy. And in the end, eeeeeverybody plays!<br/>So will you: <br/>A) Find the Light Switch?
B) Go North?
C) Abandon Hope?<br/>Originally an interactive YouTube game, The Dark Room went viral and has so far attracted more than 4 million views. Improv king John Robertson then transformed the game into a live show, and with no two shows ever the same, The Dark Room continues to sell out high capacity venues at Insomnia Gaming Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, EB Games Expo, PAX Australia, London Film & Comicon, MCM Comic Con and more! In September 2018, the Dark Room was adapted into an actual video game, topping the Steam charts in the first few days of release and gaining critical acclaim worldwide! ‘One of the most clever, hilarious and innovative takes on the genre I've ever seen’ - PC Powerplay.<br/>‘NOT TO BE MISSED’ – The Guardian
***** ‘The Dark Room is utterly unique, it’s hard to describe the magic and joyful
surprises awaiting you within without utterly scaring you off.’ - The Skinny
***** ‘You must see this show’ – British Comedy Guide
***** ‘You have to see the Dark Room at least once in your life’ – The Scottish Sun
**** ‘Great fun, nostalgic, but also a fresh angle for comedy’ – Den of Geek
**** ‘Genuinely, irresistibly dangerous’ - The Stage

9:20pm
NUMB Sense Assembly

What does it mean to be a man? NUMB morphs from live gig to poem to play to interactive theatre, telling the story of two siblings growing up together and breaking apart. A playful yet sobering reflection on male culture.<br/>Created in support of CALM, the show is a response to the male suicide crisis in the UK, the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. NUMB is a visceral reaction to this that asks its audience to co-create a better story. <br/>‘It was something I’d never seen affect an entire room like that'
Audience Reaction (2018 work in progress showing)<br/>***** - ‘Unimaginably Brilliant’ - Young Perspective
(On previous work - If Mouth Could Speak)

9:45pm
Phil Jerrod: Work in Progress Off the Kerb

Join the award-winning comic and official tour support for Romesh Ranganathan and Angela Barnes, as he works out material for his brand-new stand-up show.
'Insightful, despairing wit' - The Scotsman. 'Casual brilliance' - The Guardian.

10:00pm
Connie Wookey: Denied Constance Wookey

Award-winning musical-comedy about the things we can't control. Connie was on board a malfunctioning plane on the way to her cousin's funeral, who died in a plane accident. Join for tear-jerking tales of near-death, US visa immigration services, auditions and waitressing, accompanied on her trusty children's keyboard, Casio. This is a true story. <br/>"Witty and excellently performed." (ThreeWeeks). <br/>Selected to be part of the 2019 Soho Theatre "Soho Rising" Festival, Connie Wookey brings you her sell-out 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival solo hour. <br/>2019 Equity UK Bursary Award