The Ballerina at Vault Festival

London theatre news: Wednesday 29 January 2020

Festivals - Off-West End - Shows

Following a sold-out New York premiere, Outer Gaea Company are set to make their VAULT Festival debut with Anne-Sophie Marie 's The Ballerina from 18 to 22 March.
The Ballerina at The Vaults

Image: The Vaults

Following a sold-out premiere in New York, Outer Gaea Company will make their Vault Festival debut with Anne-Sophie Marie's The Ballerina, based on various stories of fractious relationships between intelligence services and diplomats, democracies and dictatorships and what we view as right and wrong.

The play, shortlisted for Theatre 503's 2016 Playwriting Award, explores the aftermath of colonial rule in an unnamed African country and the resulting destruction of a European presence within the continent, exploring how contemporary Western audiences consider, or don't consider, the impact of their foreign policy around the world.  

The Ballerina plays at Vault Festival from 18 to 22 March 2020 (find more listing information below).

Director James Scotland said ...

"Experimenting with Artaud's theatre of cruelty, we're exploring themes of violence that are unapologetic, inviting the audience to love, hate and most importantly, to question their own beliefs.

We're living in a time where, despite having access to a world of information, we're still so unaware of the reality of global politics.

And this ignorance in the form of a vote, contributes to the very cycles of violence (seen and unseen) that we wish to stop.

Through the character of Pacifique, you're introduced to the walking amalgamation of Paul Kagame, Andre Leon Talley and Karl Lagerfeld.

The Ballerina celebrates the individuality of blackness where you least expect it; redefining Africanism imagery for a new generation."

About the company

Outer Gaea Company is a London-based, international theatre company, with a mission to create theatre accessible to all.

Multiculturally led, they strive to honour the theatre of ancient and unsung cultures whilst exploring contemporary stories with daring and resilience.

Show listing information


Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' meets Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

Set in a country not so far away, Colin Clutterbuck, a British diplomat is brutally arrested by the National Intelligence Agency.

Thrown into a cell and accused of conspiring to overthrow the government; Colin fights back with wit and great British banter.

But with the infamous master interrogator, Pacifique Muamba as his opponent, the young diplomat is about to be painfully re-educated and taken to the brink of madness.


To be announced


Author: Anne-Sophie Marie
Director: James Scotland
Production: Outer Gaea Company


The Vaults - Forge
Leake Street


From: Wednesday 18 March 2020

Closes: Sunday 22 March 2020


Standard: From £16

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