Vault Festival 2019 - award winners

London theatre news: Thursday 21 March 2019

Awards - Festivals

A bumper year for Vault Festival saw 3,000+ performances and over 2,000 artists - and we have the list of this year's award winners.
Vault Festival 2019 - award winners

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2019 looks like it's been a bumper year for Vault Festival.

Figures released today indicate that this year's festival in Waterloo has been its most successful year to date, bringing together more than 79,000 people, with more than 2,000 artists performing across the eight weeks in seventeen venues around the festival's base.

3,137 different performances of 428 different shows took place with an almost 15% reduction in cost, lowering the average ticket price down to just £11.59.

But the festival has not been merely about performance - the 2019 version of this ever-popular festival has continued its commendable support of charity partners.

With Help Refugees and their Choose Love campaign, they raised £15,380 in donations and merchandise sales that will directly improve the lives of displaced people around the world.

Their partnership with Child.Org and their Team Mum campaign ran an exclusive stage at The Horse & Stables pub which raised over £10,250 to launch new pregnancy services in Kenya.

And, as a result of the donations through Carbon Free Dining, they've also planted 2,308 trees with the Green Earth Appeal.

The 2019 Festival also continued its partnership with WeAreWaterloo, supporting the local community with a range of initiatives aimed at residents.

Speaking about the success of this year's Vault Festival, co-founders Mat Burt and Andy George said...

"We have been overwhelmed by the positive response surrounding this year's festival.

From the artists who create the work, our hardworking staff, our invaluable partners and sponsors, and our trusting audiences, Vault Festival remains a true team effort.

It's the same spirit we had seven years ago when we started, and it's what keeps us striving to do more, to keep improving, to reach new audiences, and to continue to bring brave and exciting work to what has quickly become London's biggest arts festival and a landmark on the cultural calendar."

Closing the festival, Vault held their annual award ceremony to recognise remarkable ingenuity, talent, new writing and productions.

Awarded to exceptional productions from the Theatre and Performance programme, the eight winners of Show of the Week Award ranged from explorations of female identity to the sex lives of endangered bats.

The week one winner, Juniper and Jules, considered bisexuality, polyamory and making new rules.

Whereas week two's Essex Girl followed Kirsty, a sixteen-year-old Essex Girl, whose life isn't all fake tan and stilettos.

Sexy Lamp, the one-woman comedy about Katie, who trained at drama school so she can audition for ground-breaking roles including "dead girlfriend" and "restaurant slut", took the award for week three.

The PappyShow's cycle of plays in week four, BOYS, GIRLS and CARE, looked at the way we move, we talk, we think to show the things about boys, girls, and the NHS that we never get to see.

A new play about love, loneliness, lies and bats, Vespertilio received the award for week five.

For week six, it was WORK BITCH, the waiting tables tale about success, Saturday jobs and what defines us.

Set amongst the devastation that hit farming communities in the late nineties, it was Bobby & Amy, the new dark comedy about foot and mouth disease, in week seven.

The award winner for the final week of shows was Bon Ami, a sharp, artistic parody about loneliness, the importance of friendship and why you shouldn't drink from a coffee machine.

The eight Origin Awards were presented to outstanding new work from the Theatre and Performance programme.

This year, winners included Inside Voices which blended dark comedy and magical realism to shine a light on Southeast Asian Muslim women; Fatty Fat Fat, a funny and provocative show about taking up space in a world that doesn't want to make room; Mancoin about masculinity, wokeness and cryptocurrencies; and Collapsible, a furious monologue about keeping it together as you fall apart.

Orlando, a story about looking to escape your own identity and definitions; the sexploration of a queer woman in My Father the Tantric Masseur; the neglected history of Sophie Germain the trailblazing mathematician in The Limit; and Anna X, about the nature of narcissism, based on real events, were also among the winners.

Winner of the After Dark Award, Hypnagogue was named the outstanding work from the late night programme of comedy and cabaret.

Bringing together the work of three leading practitioners, Hypnagogue used hypnotherapy, storytelling and gong-healing, woven together with a live, improvised soundtrack, to take audience members on an unforgettable, transformative journey.

This year the People's Choice Award was presented by Festival partner Stagedoor to The Limit which received the most positive reviews and star ratings on the Stagedoor app.

The extraordinary true story of forgotten mathematical genius, Sophie Germain, this new musical was set against the backdrop of the French Revolution to an ebullient pop-rock score.

For embracing the Vault Festival spirit of creativity, cooperation and kindness, How Eva Von Schnippisch Won WWII by Eva Von Schnippisch was bestowed the Festival Spirit Award.

Germany's greatest cabaret star transformed into Britain's number one spy with a hair-raising mission in occupied France, an explosive death-defying getaway in Russia and infiltrating the very top of Nazi Germany with the love affair to end all love affairs.

Blue Thunder expanded the scope of performances format and style and was awarded the Innovation Award.

Padraic Walsh's powerfully immersive play, staged entirely within a minibus by award-winning director Cathal Cleary, allowed audiences up close and personal with one splintered family in small-town Ireland.

The full list of Vault Festival award-winners and nominees is given below ...

Show of the Week

Week One: Juniper and Jules by Clamour

Week Two: Essex Girl by Maria Ferguson

Week Three: Sexy Lamp by Katie Arnstein

Week Four: BOYS, GIRLS and CARE by The PappyShow

Week Five: Vespertilio by Fight and Hope

Week Six: WORK BITCH by Jessica Siân

Week Seven: Bobby & Amy by Emma Blackman Productions and Emily Jenkins

Week Eight: Bon Ami by All In Theatre

Origins Award

Week One: Inside Voices by Lazy Native

Week Two: FATTY FAT FAT by Katie Greenall

Week Three: Mancoin by Anna Fox & Felix Legge

Week Four: Collapsible by Margaret Perry

Week Five: Orlando by Lucy Roslyn

Week Six: My Father the Tantric Masseur by Roann McCloskey

Week Seven: The Limit by Bottle Cap Theatre

Week Eight: Anna X by Joseph Charlton

After Dark Award

Hypnagogue by Twice Shy Theatre

Nominated: The Darklings by The House of Macabre

Nominated: The Embers Collective Takeover by The Embers Collective

Nominated: Len Blanco: Firing Blancs by Len & Freyja

Nominated: Mr Thing by wearething

Nominated: The LOL Word by The LOL Word

Nominated: Invisible Cabaret: Let's Get Visible by Invisible Cabaret

People's Choice Award presented by Stagedoor

The Limit by Bottle Cap Theatre

Nominated: Ovid's Metamorphoses by Pants on Fire

Nominated: Counting Sheep by Selfconscious Productions & Wild Yak, in association with Hot Feat

Nominated: WOOD by Adam Foster

Nominated: Notflix by NOTFLIX

Spirit Award

How Eva Von Schnippisch Won WWII by Eva Von Schnippisch

Nominated: We've Got Each Other by Paul O'Donnell

Nominated: Digging Deep by Just Add Milk

Nominated: Galvanise by Rascal Theatre

Nominated: Access Platform by Last Word

Innovation Award

Blue Thunder by Padraic Walsh

Nominated: Greyscale by Anonymous Is A Woman

Nominated: Fight Night by Exit Productions


Nominated: Bring Them Home - An Immersive Game Experience by Treehouse Nominated: The Church of the Sturdy Virgin by Dank Parish

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