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.
Image courtesy Vault Festival
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
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
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
Blue Thunder by Padraic Walsh
Nominated: Greyscale by Anonymous Is A Woman
Nominated: Fight Night by Exit Productions
Nominated: FLIGHT by DARKFIELD
Nominated: Bring Them Home - An Immersive Game Experience by Treehouse Nominated: The Church of the Sturdy Virgin by Dank Parish
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