Kind of like a mini Edinburgh Fringe, the fabulously diverse Vault Festival returns to the tunnels underneath Waterloo with a whopping 500 theatre, music and comedy events to choose from. Daisy Bowie-Sell picks her highlights
Anarchic company Filter Theatre like to reinvent Shakespeare with bizarre postmodern humour and a twist of weird electronic music. This minimalist, bonkers version of ‘Macbeth’ should rip up your preconceptions of The Scottish Play. Feb 4 Feb 15.
You can’t actually see this one: it’s sensory deprivation with a difference. ‘Pitch Black’ is a one-off night of concerts (a lucky dip of Mercury Award-nominated musicians is promised), poetry and theatrical performances all with the lights off. It could prove a revelation in the already spooky tunnels. Feb 19.
The events under the festival’s new Mini Vault arm should satisfy you and the kids. Included is a multisensory ‘rave’ for all the family complete with glow sticks and bubbles (March 8) and ‘Albee Vector Sound Collector’ (February 8 and March 7) a play about a charming duo who hoard sounds in jars. Feb 7 Mar 7.
LIKE MAMA USED TO MAKE
Nomadic communal dining company Forza Win transforms a corner of the Vaults into a pop-up blue-collar Italian diner, called Marco’s. Expect meatballs and murder. Jan 28 Mar 8.
DAFT PUNK LIVE!
No, it’s not the robotic-headed electronic music duo in the flesh, but it’s probably as close as you’re going to get. Six-piece band Introducing Live will perform Daft Punk’s 2001 album ‘Discovery’ in full, from start to finish. If anyone can do it, this group of world-class musicians and sound engineers can. Feb 27.
Vault Festival is at the Vaults. Jan 28 Mar 8. Find out more info here.