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ALRA Alumni at VAULT Festival 2019
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Now in its seventh year, VAULT Festival is a well-loved arts and entertainment festival at The Vaults in Waterloo, presenting over 400 shows from more than 2,000 artists over 8 weeks. Live performances of theatre, comedy, cabaret and immersive experiences will grace the underground venue, and we’re excited to see some of our ALRA alumni showcasing work there.

Here’s what’s coming up…

‘Inside Voices’ by Nabilah Said, directed by Zhui Ning Chang

inside voices by nabilah saidZhui Ning, an alumna from the Yellow Earth Academy 2018 held at ALRA, is directing ‘Inside Voices’ with an all-female, all-Asian team at VAULT Festival from 23rd-27th January.

The play is a dark comedy about Southeast Asian women, monstrosity, and how to navigate feminist experiences alongside Islamic faith. It is beautifully written with wit, warmth and humour, with a spooky, supernatural vibe.

Book tickets and find out more here.

‘Fix Us’ directed by Paloma Oakenfold, presented by The Bareface Collective

fix us directed by paloma oakenfoldPaloma is Deputy Head of Foundation at ALRA. She’s also Director of The Bareface Collective, putting disabled performing artists centre stage, performing their first professional production as a company ‘Fix Us’ at VAULT Festival from 31st January to 1st February.

The show is about a “wild, wicked and wonderful” trio who “defy expectations, contradict perception and break every rule in the book”.

You can book tickets and find out more here.

‘Boys’ performed by The PappyShow

boys performed by the pappyshowSouth PG/MA student Dior Clarke is performing in ‘Boys’ with The PappyShow at VAULT Festival from 16th-17th February.

The play is “a joyful and tender dance that uncovers the endless possibilities that make up a man” and is devised and performed by an ensemble whose communities, families and heritage span the world.

Find out more and book tickets here.


‘The Last Nine Months (of The Rest of Our Lives)’ presented by Michelle Barnette

the last nine months of the rest of our lives2014 ALRA South graduate and award-winning writer/producer Michelle Barnette is bringing her second play ‘The Last Nine Months (of The Rest of Our Lives)’ to VAULT Festival from 20th-24th February.

It tells the story of Dan and Madeline who fall pregnant at an awkward age where they must make a difficult decision, and asks the question: “who owns your body when you’re in love?”.

Book tickets and find out more here.


‘Ladybones’ by Sorcha McCaffrey

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Sorcha graduated from the BA programme at ALRA North in 2017 and first premiered her play ‘Ladybones’ at ALRA as part of the 2018 induction week. The play is now scaling new heights as part of the VAULT Festival programme from 20th-24th February, with Sorcha performing as part of the cast.

‘Ladybones’ tells the story of archaeologist Nuala unearthing a mysterious skeleton from an unmarked grave, before the skull goes missing. 

Read more and book tickets here.