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Rupert Hohwieler 22/05/23

A Pinch Of VAULT

Good news for those that miss VAULT Festival, or missed it entirely…

A Pinch of VAULT, aka mini VAULT Festival, is back, taking up venues across the city early this year. 

Like its big brother, the festival is an all out feast of the performing arts with many of the country’s on-the-rise stage talent – both comics and theatre acts – trying out work-in-progress and debut shows. Hence the ‘A Pinch of VAULT’ name. Although it’s on a lesser scale to VAULT, pinch is no small fry, with dozens of shows arranged into both theatre & cabaret (12th-25th February) and comedy (27th February -10th March) categories. Needless to say, there’s a bit going on, but here’s a few highlights that we’ve done our best to pick out from both sides: 

Frou-Frou, ‘The last decadent gasp’

Eelmageddon – a deep dive into why the eels are disappearing, and ‘the slippery slope of history’

Violence in Mundane Places – a story about a podcast host interviewing a woman ‘recently acquitted of murdering her entire family’. Suspicious.

Summoning Sondheim – a ‘cabaret comedy séance’ that uses the power of musical theatre to summon Stephen Sondheim

DO YOU FANCY THEM, OR ARE THEY JUST IN THE VICINITY? – A relatable show about a place we’ve all been to

Stupid Sexy Poem Show – from comic RJ Hunter, this is exactly what it sounds like

In an alternate universe, I don’t want to live in the UK – worryingly described as “a participatory musical solo show”

If you didn’t catch the unfortunate announcement that after 11 years, VAULT Festival would have to find a new home away from its subterranean playground in the tunnels under the arches of Leake Street, then A Pinch of VAULT will also double as a means of helping it get back on its feet. Funds raised from this will go towards ensuring the big fish’s survival with organisers hopeful of finding a new venue for 2024’s edition. Fingers crossed for them. All in all, tickets are on sale now and if you had a particular show in mind, it might be a good idea to lock those in. 

Just to be on the safe side…


NOTE: A Pinch of VAULT is running theatre & cabaret (12th-25th February) and comedy ( 27th February -10th March) shows.  You check the full schedule of events and book tickets on their website, right here

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