V&V at Vault Festival

London theatre news: Friday 24 January 2020

Festivals - Off-West End - Shows

Telling the iconic love story of literary treasure Virginia Woolf and socialite Vita Sackville-West alongside a modern narrative, Misha Pinnington's V&V will make its debut at this year's VAULT Festival.
V&V at The Vaults

Image credit Katie Allen

V&V, by Misha Pinnington, tells the iconic love story of literary treasure Virginia Woolf and esteemed socialite Vita Sackville-West, alongside a modern narrative of Lottie from Tunbridge Wells and love cynic Mia.

Shortlisted for the Charlie Hartill Theatre Reserve 2019, V&V makes its debut at VAULT Festival 2020 (playing from 3 to 8 March) exploring communication then and now.

Through carefully crafted letters that were anticipated with relish, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf began a romance almost a century ago.

They conquered each other's hearts with wit and elegance inked onto a page.

Luckily, their husbands didn't mind!

Today, in the overwhelmingly tangled world of dating apps, Mia and Lottie meet online, flirting through the beam of a phone screen.

When an emoji can change not just the tone of the conversation but its entire meaning, reading between the lines becomes a whole new challenge.

Examining the importance of communication in a relationship and how it can fall prey to misinterpretation, the piece interrogates the life-changing impact of technology.

The contemporary story explores the sending of messages in the heat of the moment and the regret that can follow.

The letters of Vita and Virginia reveal two women engaging in a beautiful but sometimes fraught relationship, as they are frequently physically separated.

Hurtful messages sent instantly without thought can become immortalised in a screenshot; messages unsent can haunt a person forever.

Writer Misha Pinnington, who will also direct her work, said ...

"It's fascinating to explore how communication has changed over time, especially now in our global landscape of technological immediacy.

I was lucky enough to hear Juliet Nicholson (descendant of Vita Sackville-West) speak about the physical and epistemological relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, which inspired this play.

We have two actors who will explore how women communicated romantically both in the early 20th Century and in the modern day.

Have we lost the passion that old-fashioned letter writing facilitated, or is this new dating app culture equally as romantic?"

Show listing information


“I regret that you have been in bed, though not with me”

Through carefully crafted letters that are awaited with anticipation, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf begin an exquisite romance.

Filled with sharp intelligence, wit and elegance, both iconic women's letters conquer each other's hearts through carefully chosen words inked onto a page - luckily, their husbands don't mind.

“You're the first person I've seen on this app which isn't posing with a dog, a baby, or in your bra.”

In the overwhelmingly tangled world of dating apps Mia and Lottie meet online.

Flirting through the beam of a phone screen, they navigate many challenges, including kiss politics - two x's or three?

When an emoji can change not just the tone of the conversation but the entire meaning of what you write, reading between the lines takes on a whole new meaning.


Author: Misha Pinnington
Composer: Nicola Chang
Director: Misha Pinnington
Sound: Nicola Chang
Production: Sprezzatura Productions


The Vaults - Studio
Leake Street


From: Tuesday 3 March 2020

Closed: Sunday 8 March 2020


Standard: From £14

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