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6:00pm
Alexa, Play. Connick & Schuller

The case of Christine and Lea Papin has fascinated artists and writers alike for almost a century. In Alexa, Play., the case is reimagined and brought to the modern day by handing Christine’s role in the murder of their employee, to Amazon’s Alexa. Has Alexa updated to an emotional, manipulative being or has Annie, an overworked PA, given Alexa human attributes to cope with her ever demanding and abusive boss?

6:00pm
Beige Magna

Alex is funny. That’s what Lila says at least. But it’s more embarrassing coming from yer mum right? “It’s genetic, Hun. I’m f**king funny me.” <br/>You know that thing when yer dad’s a philandering absentee, yer relationships are forever on the wonk and the binary don’t apply? Yeh, that’s Alex on the daily.<br/>Thank f**k for Lila.<br/>Alex and their mum are both just trying to do life. Some days it’ll make them wanna punch through a wall, on others they’ll find themselves slow-dancing in an art gallery. Whatever gets ‘em through ya know? <br/>In this half-play, half stand-up gig, Anna Wheatley explores the art of being human in a world obsessed with boxes. You might do a laugh. You might do a cry. You might join hands and stick two fingers up to society. <br/>Director: Jessica Daniels (Girl From The North Country)

6:00pm
If This Is Normal Chatback Theatre

Growing up in Kilburn, siblings Madani, Maryam and school mate Alex hit it off from the moment they meet. 10 years later, playful chats about ninja turtles and bobble pens have been kicked out by teen opinions powered by podcasts, porn and politics. Still, best friends can talk about anything. So why are there suddenly so many unspoken thoughts between the three? A critically acclaimed play direct from the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 about teenagers crashing into the modern world.<br/>****'Powerfully performed by a first-rate cast it's a funny sugar-rush of exceptional energy' The Scotsman
**** 'Superb coming-of-age tale...brilliantly done' The Wee Review
***** 'Four days into the Festival, and I might have found the best piece of Fringe theatre I’m likely to see this year' The Fountain

6:00pm
Don’t Talk To Strangers Hot Cousin

What could be more romantic than giving your lover a mix tape? That’s what scientist Carl Sagan thought in 1977 when he compiled his Golden Record on behalf of all humanity and sent it shooting off into space in search of friendship, love and maybe more. Forty-two years later, why haven’t the aliens messaged us back? Is it because our message came across as arrogant, colonial and sexist?<br/>‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ is a disruptive parody of revisionist history - a story made by men but retold by women; four women on a collision course with our own problematic history. ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ is both an intersectional re-evaluation of this ground-breaking musical love letter and a trashy rom-com about us and the aliens.<br/>Told through visually rich theatrical language, this ensemble show layers complex sound-art, celestial lighting and transcendental movement over a modern day science fiction story. Structured like a mixtape, ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ is told through a series of vignettes, each moment building on the last; until the gravitational pull forces the story to fold in on itself. Come and witness both the vastness of interstellar space and the domestic intimacy of a love story. Flicker by flicker, Hot Cousin light the stage until it looks like the middle of the cosmos.

6:10pm
My Mother Runs in Zig Zags Coriander Theatre

This play is about a mother who lived through the Lebanese civil war, and her daughter, who has not. It’s about the way this mother speaks to her daughter about trauma, and about the funny, heart-breaking stories which she tells as one would tell a fairy tale, or what happened that day at the supermarket. This play is about silence, and everything that is never mentioned. It's about how we use stories, laughter, and silence to heal, and how they prevent us from healing.<br/>With humour and an original live music score, it explores the ways a queer daughter interacts with these stories, how they shape and clash with her life in the West, and how slowly, softly, she can find agency inside them.<br/> All the stories in the play are based on real conversations between a daughter and her mother, a refugee who survived the Lebanese civil war.

6:15pm
Father’s Son James Morton

1974. A shattering and inconvenient truth. <br/>2001. An act of extraordinary violence.<br/>2018. The severing of family ties. <br/>This restless, tender and deeply personal new play wrestles with the trauma inherited from father to son with sharp focus on how this shapes who we are. Spanning three generations, Father's Son examines how the unresolved trauma, toxic behaviours and poor mental health ripple through a working class family in Stoke. <br/>James Morton is an urgent and necessary working class voice and makes his professional debut at VAULT Festival.<br/>“James Morton is a writer of real and rare talent and humanity. He is restlessly searching, deeply compassionate and as fucking funny as he is truthful. In the future you will be definitely boasting about seeing his early plays.” (Simon Stephens)<br/>Father's Son was developed through the National Theatre's Toolkit programme and Soho Writers' Lab. It was shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award in 2018.

6:15pm
Dumbledore Is So Gay Robert Holtom & Tom Wright

It ain't easy being Jack. He hates French, he got sorted into Hufflepuff on the official online quiz and he's in love with his best friend Ollie. But dodging bullies, keeping secrets and trying to get the man is too much for Jack to take. So he pulls out his trusty Time Turner and does it all over again. Maybe this time he'll get into Gryffindor.<br/>Dumbledore Is So Gay is a witty, poignant and contemporary coming-of-age drama for the naughties. Written by Robert Holtom (The Cluedo Club Killings, The Quest) and directed by Tom Wright (Undetectable, My Dad's Gap Year).<br/>For those who love fantasy and those who don't, for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, and for anyone who loves a good laugh and maybe a little cry. Join Jack as he tries to be true to himself in a world so full of prejudice and indifference.

6:20pm
Alice Klein Blue

We gave her a different name to us.
I don’t know why we chose Alice.
We wanted something English.
And it’s a beautiful name. It’s Victorian.<br/>The first production in the UK to deal with Azerbaijani-British identity, Alice is an arresting solo play about otherness and the power that comes from creating our own personal myths to define who we are.<br/>Written and performed by Emily Renée and presented by Klein Blue (Are There Female Gorillas?, **** Spy in the Stalls, Brighton Fringe Festival, Camden People’s Theatre Calm Down, Dear Festival).

6:30pm
Pernille Haaland: Scandilous Pernille Haaland

Norwegian comedian Pernille Haaland (BBC, Soho Theatre, National Theatre) lends her off- beat style of standup to a frank and raw conversation about navigating the world as a woman, feminist and a bit shit. Charming yet ruthless, Pernille delves deep into societies expectations as she exposes her own sexual escapades, baffling life choices and opinions about a confusing world and the white men who control it.
“One to watch” Funny Women 
“Haaland´s one-woman creation is hilarious. ”**** Time Out
“Sheer ludicrous fun..” – The List
“Roaringly funny... incredibly talented” ***** Broadway Baby
“Captivating, spontaneous, surprising & delightful” **** Fringe Biscuit
“Fantastic comedy.”– **** Everything Theatre
“Stand-out star.” – The Public Review

7:00pm
Second Home Charlotte Chimuanya

This story starts in Galway, Ireland - 2002 when Naomi is just 10 years old, wild and free. She’s used to mending her heart but will this final blow be the ultimate betrayal?
Follow this little Londoners poetic summers, spent on the West Coast of Ireland. Tackling grief and racism in a place she calls home.<br/>"In this foreign land, I thought all was grand but I’m starting to feel a little bit too tanned.” - Second Home<br/>“So much passion, dynamic and gripping.” – Audience Member
“Subliminal messages. The type of art I appreciate. Puts your brain to work.” – Audience Member
“Incredible poetic account of life as a mixed race young girl in a white land.” – Audience Member<br/>Second Home has been chosen to be published by Nick Hern Books, along with four other plays from this years festival.

7:20pm
Wigs Snatched, Perceptions Destroyed Erinn Dhesi

You need 'Wigs Snatched, Perceptions Destroyed'! A show that will teach you to:<br/>- Turn #ClinicalDepression into a #MinimalistAesthetic!<br/>- Cultivate a strong #instagay vibe to prevent girls on Hinge from ghosting you!<br/>- Come up with content ideas that will transform you into a woke Intersectional Feminist, including scripted apologies for your eventual demise because someone found racist/homophobic/sexist (delete as appropriate) tweet from Year 10!<br/>Like, subscribe and book your ticket huns x

7:20pm
Blow: A Deaf Girl’s Fight Tramp

A Deaf girl fights prejudice in a tough 80s boxing gym. Part play. Part immersive show. Part musical. <br/>A finalist in Pleasance Theatre's Charlie Hartill Award, Blow challenges how we treat d/Deaf and disabled people on stage, screen, and in real life. <br/>When 18 year old deaf girl Hannah wants to join Dennison’s Boxing Gym, she’s shunned by the boxers because of her disability, until trainer Bradley takes her under his wing. Blow follows Hannah’s journey from outcast to championship contender.<br/>A punchy 55 minute show that’s part play, part immersive, and part musical, Blow asks tough questions of the audience about how d/Disabled people are portrayed on stage and screen, and how society treats them in real life.<br/>All shows are BSL interpreted.

7:30pm
Life and Death of a Journalist Jingan Young, Alex Chang and Archie Macleod

Inspired by Hong Kong reporters LIFE AND DEATH OF A JOURNALIST follows LAURA (Lucy Roslyn, 'Orlando') a reporter who returns to London after covering the Hong Kong protests only to be offered a job of a lifetime by editor VICKY (Melissa Woodbridge). But there's one catch to this golden opportunity. The newspaper begins to increasingly censor itself to appease its Chinese investor. <br/>Will LAURA sacrifice her relationship with Hong Kong born MARK in order to change it from the inside? The play looks at journalism from a female perspective and tackles China's tightening grip on freedom of speech (as seen in the Guardian). Directed by Max Lindsay.

7:30pm
Orange in the Subway Orange-You-Glad & Burt Dingles Unconscious Productions

You might laugh, you might cry, or you might be dead inside - Who are we to judge?<br/>'Ere lands a young comic genius, whose stage is a cold Cardiff pavement.
Will the Orange glow of the street lamp shine a brutally funny truth on the magic around her, or highlight the mundane?<br/>W**kers to G*ds. Cardiff to Outer space. Obsolete to Oranges. <br/>We have a laugh don't we! Why not come see.<br/>"Like a philosophy lesson that doesn't wreak your head"<br/>"It had fire. No really, it had real fire. Flames. Its the real deal"<br/>"Homelessness has gone up by 300% and this discusses in a compassionate and vibrant way- that the homeless, are just people, like you and me" - One of the cast's mam.<br/>*****

7:30pm
Fragility of Man David William Bryan

After a total sell out at Edinburgh Fringe and a 150+ date tour, David William Bryan (as seen in 'In Loyal Company' & 'Trashed') returns to Vault Festival for the third consecutive year. This tour de force drama follows a twelve-year-old homeless fighter through the Thatcher years and and the rise of the ecstasy era. A poetically grimy punch in the face exploring the ultimate, lifelong battle with the penal system.<br/>Are we already sabotaged by our genes to repeat the mistakes of the generations before us? Or do we have the power to break the tragic cycle? <br/>Edinburgh Fringe total sell out run in 2019<br/>Reviews for David's work:<br/>'A tour de force' (Scotsman)
***** (BroadwayBaby.com)
***** (LondonTheatre1)
**** (Stage)
***** (BritishTheatreGuide.info)
***** (EdinburghGuide.com)
**** (EdinburghReporter.co.uk)
***** (TheatreWeekly.com)
**** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk)
***** (FringeGuru.com)
***** (Breaking-The-Fourth-Wall.com)
***** (EssentialSurrey.co.uk)
***** (SouthsideAdvertiser.biz)
**** (TheUpcoming.co.uk)
**** (SpyInTheStalls.com)
**** (EdFringeReview.com)

7:45pm
This Queer House OPIA Collective

‘The house is just a house; it bears no consequence.’<br/>A young queer couple inherit a home. A joint renovation project begins. A restless house gathers strength. <br/>Time passes. <br/>A missing dog – A magic mirror – A dream acquired.<br/>As the wedge between them widens, Leah and Oli are forced to take direct action against their legacy. <br/>An exploration of home-making, the seduction of normalcy and the cost our dreams can come at. Award-winning poet’s Oakley Flanagan’s debut play is told in collaboration with OPIA Collective’s multi-disciplinary style.

7:45pm
Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It (Work in Progress) Impatient Productions

Halfway through his life according to the life expectancy calculator, Watson takes an audit of his time on earth in this WIP of his brand new show. His thirties have been eventful to say the least. At 40, his life is in the best shape in living memory... but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one. Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the still very skinny Watson, as usual, attempts to cram a year of pathological overthinking into just under an hour's (surprisingly cheap!) standup. Maybe we'll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.<br/>***** “Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe...witty, warm, perfectly judged” Telegraph
**** "This is a stand-up operating at the very top of his game" Independent
****“He always displays an innate understanding of what the audience wants...creating a bespoke experience for every gig, an added flourish to a strong hour of stand-up” Chortle
**** “A quick-fire hour of fun” Metro
**** “A classy, confident hour of comedy from one of the Fringe's most celebrated sons” Fest

7:50pm
Zoo Lily Bevan/Anteater

After hit runs at Assembly, Edinburgh and Theatre 503 - 'Zoo' returns to the stage to coincide with publication by Nick Hern (text available for sale at VAULT 2020).<br/>Welcome to ‘Cherokee Valley Zoo and Conservation Centre’, where the most dangerous event to ever take place was the Tapir's caesarian section. But when a hurricane heads straight for Miami, Bonnie rushes to keep her animals safe. Across the world in the Yorkshire dales – Carol feels the repercussions. However, the danger turns out to be deeper and darker than the weather.<br/>A play about 'climate change' both in the weather and in the discussion of the female experience, our relationships to the natural world, and perceptions of a life well lived.<br/>What do you do when you’ve always liked animals more than people and suddenly those animals are under threat? How do the decisions we make in a crisis shape our destiny?<br/>Sometimes our loyalty and commitment make us who we are... sometimes we drink too many margaritas and go home with Ian Butterwick, giant otter expert and notorious zoo lothario.<br/>From Lily Bevan - co-writer of Talking to Strangers w/Sally Phillips (BBC Radio 4) and writer/performer of Pheasant Plucker (Edinburgh sellout 2015) comes this glorious story of two complex, funny, awkward women. A tale of tragedy, courage, flamingoes and the need to escape.

8:15pm
The Tempist: The diary of a temp one storm after another Mairead Doyle

in her first one hour show, brutally honest and quick-witted rising irish comedian Mairead Doyle regails stories from her years jobbing in the painfully corporate world of part-time temping. Her hilarious take on the people and places she has experienced on each temporary work contract will give giggles and gobsmacks as she spills the office tea all over the audiences funny bones.

8:30pm
Annie McGrath (Work In Progress) Annie McGrath

After a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe with 'Shepherd', deadpan comic Annie McGrath returns to VAULT Festival to try out some new material. Dark and charmingly offbeat, she will be doing her usual dry jokes and silly anecdotes. As seen on Channel 4, Comedy Central, BBC Three, ITV2, and Sky Sports. <br/>“McGrath’s stage presence is striking. Unapologetic in her delivery, her writing is impeccable in its clarity. An intelligent and sharp-witted hour... nothing but masterful”- Short Com ****½
“Well-crafted story-telling comedy, with flights of whimsy, ribaldry and sharp politicism, delivered by a consummate performer.”- One4Review ****
“Dark and hilarious”- The Feminist Fringe *****
"Ridiculously funny"- The Edinburgh Reporter ****
"Spot on comic timing... Delightfully dark" Three Weeks ****
“A thoroughly consummate stand-up hour, perfectly juggling the serious points with the frivolous asides... as relatable as it is funny.”- Chortle
"Smart and smutty"- London Evening Standard
"Very funny"- The Telegraph

8:40pm
Gabby Best: 10,432 Sheep United Agents

Best hasn’t slept properly in years, which is why she feels like a ghost and looks like a shoe... A whip-smart, animated hour for anyone who’s ever stared wild-eyed at a ceiling or stood very still in their kitchen. Debut stand-up show from Funny Women Award winner. As seen on BBC, Channel 4, Netflix, Sky Arts and Radio 4. ‘A wonderful performer’ (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Hilarious’ (Huffington Post). ‘Inspired’ (Telegraph).<br/>Entertainment Focus ***** "Gabby Best’s debut stand-up hour 10,432 Sheep provides so much joy it should be prescribed on the NHS. "<br/>Broadway Baby **** "Don’t snooze... go catch her while you can!"<br/>One4Review ****

8:45pm
Jonny Donahoe: Forgiveness (Work in Progress) Jonny Donahoe

Forgiveness is about the cycles of abuse that form and affect who we are; if and how we can escape them and move on. Jonny Donahoe is the co-creator and performer of Every Brilliant Thing, which he performed more than four hundred times over four continents, including five months off-Broadway. The show was eventually filmed and screened on HBO. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for his performance.
This is his first new solo show in five years.
'Painfully honest, funny, joyous... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop' (Guardian).
Jonny Donahoe is an actor, comedian, playwright, screenwriter, broadcaster, musician, orthodox off-spinner, decent slip-catcher, capable swimmer.<br/>He is the frontman of musical-comedy-satirists, Jonny and The Baptists, as well regularly performing stand-up in his own right. His play “30 Christmases”, (starring himself and Rachel Parris), premiered at The Old Fire Station in Oxford, before transferring to the New Diorama Theatre in London. Upcoming is a twelve-part series on parenthood with real-life partner Josie Long called “Josie and Jonny Are Having a Baby (With You)” for American Podcast Network, Stitcher.<br/>“One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see ... and a phenomenally engaging performance from Jonny Donahoe”
Lyn Gardner in The Guardian on Every Brilliant Thing<br/>”The duo have the political edge of 80s alternative comedy but Jonny Donahoe has the pop soul voice to win X Factor”
Stewart Lee in The Observer on Jonny & The Baptists

8:50pm
Ryan Lane Will Be There Now In A Minute Ryan Lane

A show for anyone with a complex relationship to home, Ryan Lane’s playful, inventive and intimate character comedy explores what it means to be Welsh, queer and the myths that fuel national identity. A fast-paced, whip-smart satire with belly laughs, bellowing Rugby teachers, beguiling maidens, belligerent Grandma's and brilliant lip syncing. Think The League of Gentlemen meets Under Milk Wood and Clueless. Ryan's a graduate of Soho Theatre Young Company. This show's made with help from friends, family and 29 years of Welsh self-hatred. <br/>‘blissfully silly, wildly inventive’ **** (TheWeeReview.com) 'Ryan Lane's well observed character's and clever writing make for an inventive retelling of life in small town Wales' **** (The Skinny)

9:00pm
ARABITCH Pigs In Residence

ARABITCH is a semi-autobiographical show that explores the relationship between LGBTQ+ and Arab cultural identities. Through Drag, spoken word and cabaret we meet ARABITCH, aka Sara, as she weighs up the decision to come out to her conservative Iraqi mother; meeting mentors along the way (like Abu Nuwas, a dead queer Iraqi poet) and enemies (casually racist twinks at G-A-Y). ?
The show asks questions about racism in the LGBTQ+ community and the homophobia in Arab communities and how both these inform the experiences of people who identify as both.
In short, ARABITCH is a show about finding community, consolidating conflicting identities, and looking to oneself for acceptance and validation.

9:00pm
Tony Law – Identifies Strip Light

Tony Law identifies as a Hominid.<br/>Homo Sapiens, Neanderthal, Indo-European horse tribesman, an Englishman, a Canadian, a norn iron man and a Trinidadian and a Tobagonian. A dog, a dog owner, owned by a dog, a surrealist, an absurdist and an artist who is comedy of person. A parent a thrower a catcher a reader and a farmer.<br/>His 16th show is turning out to be his best yet. For connoisseurs of comedy who have seen it all and are funny in their own bones. Top drawer Tony. Comedians comedian comedian for the comedy nerd seeking Dadaist nirvosis nirvana blap.<br/>‘WILD, UTTERLY ABSURD AND MAGNETIC.’ **** Broadway World

9:15pm
Jon Harvey: treasuRETROve Jon Harvey

Jon loves films that are so bad they're good. In fact he loves them so much they changed his life. One day he found a dusty old VHS of a dodgy-looking B-movie, and it ended up transforming him into Lord Buckethead, the intergalactic space lord who battled Theresa May in the 2017 General Election. This is the story of how and why it all happened, and the even weirder story of Count Binface that came next, as part of Jon's video odyssey into the world's most unintentionally brilliant pop culture.

9:15pm
Goodbear and Friends Goodbear

Goodbear are back! But this time with their very funny friends. Join the critically acclaimed and Edinburgh comedy award nominee's as they test out a new fun night filled with their favourite comedians and performers. <br/>Expect a show that is ‘very funny’ (Telegraph), ‘excellent’ (Guardian), ‘hilarious’ (Scotsman), ‘virtuosic’ (Times), ‘outstanding’ (Chortle) ‘mesmerising’ (List) and ‘side-splittingly funny’ (Three Weeks). <br/>***** Wee Review
***** Threeweeks
***** Black Diamond FM
****.5 Chortle
**** The Sunday Times
**** The Guardian
**** The Telegraph
**** The Scotsman
**** The List
**** The i Paper
**** BroadwayBaby<br/>Bring beer and loud laughs.

9:20pm
V+15 Nevertheless Theatre Company

“You’re going to use the truth to make people care; you’re going to use words to bring people together; and you’re going to give people the courage to fight back.” <br/>After years in the shadows, Alina and Vincent can stay silent no longer. But when personal beliefs have political consequences, fighting the good fight is not as straightforward as it seems. <br/>Jo Sutherland's tense political thriller asks what we believe in and what we’d risk to stand up for those beliefs. <br/>V+15 is the inaugural production of Nevertheless Theatre Company. Nevertheless exists to platform female voices and to produce work that interrogates identity, power, and politics in twenty-first century Britain.

9:45pm
Lauren Pattison (Work in Progress) Lauren Pattison

Following a whirlwind couple of years of awards, nominations, sell-out shows and international touring, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2017 Lauren Pattison is back with the beginnings of a brand new show. As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, 'Roast Battle' and supporting Katherine Ryan on tour. 'Razor wit and brutal honesty' ***** (List). 'A breath of feisty fresh air' ***** (Herald). 'Spiky, deliciously bawdy and remarkably assured' **** (Telegraph).

10:00pm
IMOGENÉ: the improvised pop concert The Delight Collective

IMOGENÉ is more than just a concept - she’s a sensation; an over-the-top diva on the brink of pop immortality. But first - due to time constraints related to the physical demands of binge-watching five series of Poldark - she must enlist the help of the audience to create her ground-breaking new album in time to present it to chart-topping music producer Mark Ronson... tonight!!! <br/>Part improvised pop-concert, part confessional clown show, IMOGENÉ is the brand new show from Bristol based theatre company The Delight Collective, known for their 4th wall breaking, hilariously interactive shows. <br/>Joining IMOGENÉ on her star-spangled journey, the audience will be taken on a high-octane ride of riotous music, physical comedy and wild monologues which explore themes of gender identity, feminism, polyamory, sexuality, rape culture and consent. Like all concert-goers, the audience will be dazzled by light-shows, multiple costume changes, dry ice and excessive amounts of glitter but they will also help create Imogene's new album - catapulting each and every one of them to pop's hall of fame.<br/>IMOGENÉ will be accompanied by live improvised music from Jack Orcozo Morrison. <br/>WARNING: Strong chance of audience interaction, costume changes, excessive glitter and oversharing.<br/>Audience Feedback
'Fun, free and liberating... I LOVE IMOGENÉ!'<br/>'An improvised pop diva with a difference...'<br/>'Go and see this show...it will make you see the world differently'<br/>‘Camp, outrageous and wickedly funny, IMOGENÉ is a comedy force to be reckoned with.’
Caitlin Campbell, Artistic Director of The Bristol Improv Theatre<br/>Devised by Imogen Palmer and Jack Drewry (Tremolo Theatre). Performed by Imogen Palmer and Jack Orozco Morrison.

10:00pm
The Adventures of the Bearded Lady Theodora van der Beek

Dream job, huge fanbase, and in a committed relationship with a hunky dancing bear. Everything was going right for the bearded lady; until her secret came out... <br/>Appropriating Leonardos from da Vinci to DiCaprio, a gender bending journey and joyful f*ck you to a world that asks people to hide or change who they are.<br/>'Brilliantly understated comic... with the punk spirit of Deborah Harry & the Sex Pistols.’ The Scotsman<br/>Theodora van der Beek makes performances that challenge the gender binary and explore the mechanics of power & privilege. She is supported by the Arts Council and part of the Soho Theatre Young Company.

10:00pm
Brain of Brittain Jon Brittain

Olivier Award-winning playwright Jon Brittain's egotistically titled scratch night returns! <br/>Featuring rehearsed readings of brand new scripts alongside revivals of his best short plays - get a sneak preview of what's to come and a chance to see some old favourites*<br/>Previous instalments included work in progress sharings of Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho...<br/>So, y'know, it might be good!<br/>*By favourites, he very much means his own favourites. No one has been asking for this.<br/>LINE UP TBC (but why not book now and take a chance!)<br/>Praise for Rotterdam<br/>What's On Stage ***** "A production of rare elegance and heart"
Evening Standard **** "Smartly observed and very funny"
Time Out **** "Warm, witty and wise"<br/>Praise for Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)<br/>What's On Stage ***** "You'll be hard-pushed to find a better musical at this year's Fringe"
British Theatre Guide ***** "A Super Happy Story is as good as it gets" <br/>Praise for Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho<br/>Attitude ***** "A rollicking good laugh, no matter what side of the political spectrum you sit on"
The Times **** "Joyous camp with political punch"

10:10pm
Butterfly Bedlam Chorus

An Elizabethan woman stitches a beard from her pubic hair to marry the woman she loves. A Punjabi-speaking Muslim girl tries to make her parents understand who she is by translating the untranslatable. A drag queen fighting in World War II must literally lip sync for her life.<br/>In a subterranean network of tunnels deep beneath London, a band of real-life queer misfits from across time have gathered. These are people you’ve never heard of, with extraordinary stories they’ve never shared. But now - through monologue, dance, music, glitter and lots and lots of noise - they’re raising the roof. They’re creating vibrations which they hope will reverberate up through the thick, muddy layers of time, into the right-here-right-now. “Deeply moving yet extremely funny” (Inter:Mission), butterfly is a show full of laughs, goosebumps and wonder in equal measure.

10:30pm
HoneyBee Eleanor Dillon-Reams

HoneyBee is a festival-driven show with a banging soundtrack, written by Eleanor Dillon-Reams. This marathon feat of gig theatre tells the story of Kate, as she flits and stumbles through her twenties fuelled on highs and hedonism. Having had her world flipped at a festival, Kate finds herself on a journey to rediscover her identity and self worth.<br/>Within a heady mix of music, stand-up and spoken word, Kate's story represents a generation's search for purpose and the need to dance in the face of adversity.<br/>It's Fleabag meets Kate Tempest, with a dash of dirty bass.<br/>HoneyBee is Eleanor Dillon-Reams' debut play, and was the winner of the Scotsman Best Newcomer Award and the ThreeWeeks Editor's Award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019.

10:45pm
Be More Bee Lightning Bugs

Struggling to fit in? Out of step with this crazy new world? Well Bea’s got just the ticket to make you feel at home. It’s the bees! They know what’s *really* the buzz in this country! Come to Bea’s Garden Party and get stuck in - she’ll guide you through the honey-soaked life-hacks of the British Bee.<br/>Preposterous new comedy from Jenni Mackenzie-Jones (ITV2, Radio 4) about Britishness, saving the world, and taking one for the team when there is no team. <br/>“A sweet-centred and clever show” - LouReviews