Tobacco Road at Vault Festival

Monday 17 December 2018

Festivals - London Fringe - Shows

Winners of the Les Enfants Terribles' 2018 Greenwich Partnership Award, Incognito Theatre Company return to London debuting at Vault Festival with their sell-out success 'Tobacco Road'.
Tobacco Road at Vault festival from Incognito Theatre Company

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In their debut at the upcoming Vault Festival from 13 to 17 February 2019, Incognito Theatre Company will present their sell-out success Tobacco Road.

The company bring their unrelenting energy and cinematic physical style to the story of London's criminal underworld as the country emerges from the shadow of the Great War.

Tobacco Road is a unique gangster story that explores the stories never told in history books with every character being based on a real person or people.

Elsie and Freda are inspired by the ruthless female gang, Alice Diamond and her followers.

Tommy Carlisle is based on the bare-knuckle boxers of Lambeth, Alfie on the thousands of young men left deeply tormented by the effects of World War I, whilst the ambitious Felix is inspired by the bloodthirsty young men who were driven to succeed by their unerring determination.

Interrogating a strait-jacketed experience of gender, this thrilling production considers the complex and impossible standards of traditional masculinity while exploring the necessary violence of an implacable female gangster rising through a male-dominated society.

Director Roberta Zuric said ...

"After a highly successful Edinburgh Fringe run this year, it's very exciting to bring Tobacco Road to where it's story takes place - glorious south east London - and share this rags to riches story with the Vault Festival audiences.

With current youth unemployment levels and the disparity in social class upbringing, it's an important time to open up the discussion of how, and if, we as a society are paving the way for future generations."


Through explosive physical style, Tobacco Road tells the story of five resourceful young men and women attempting to carve out a place in the murky underworld of 1920's London.

In the wake of the Great War, can they find the fame and wealth they crave or will their desperate need to belong lead to disastrous consequences?

Incognito seek to explore the stories that have gone untold in many history books, from the day- to-day struggle of being a female gangster in a male-dominated world to the complex and impossible standards of masculinity.

Tobacco Road is a magnified examination of the real people who had to forge a life for themselves in a world that had ignored them.

By shining a light on gang activity, this exciting production investigates how young people find themselves embroiled in gang culture and why people felt they had no other option but to go into crime.


Tom Carlisle - Angus Castle-Doughty

Frida Bow - Atlanta Hayward

Alfie Moss - Dan Whitlam

Felix Vance - George John

Elsie Murphy - Jennie Eggleton


Director: Roberta Zuric
Choreography: Zak Nemorin
Sound: Oscar Macguire
Fight director: Lisa Connell
Production: Hannah Wisher, Incognito Theatre


The Vaults - Network Theatre
Leake Street


From: Wednesday 13 February 2019

Closes: Sunday 17 February 2019


Standard: £15

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