Fanboy (Work in Progress)

A love-hate letter to the things we adore absolutely, unconditionally and obsessively. It also asks questions about the nature of fandom.
Fanboy (Work in Progress) at The Vaults

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Genre: Drama
Venue: The Vaults
Festival:Vault Festival 2020
Starts: Tuesday 4 February 2020
Closes: Sunday 9 February 2020
Running time:1 hr 00 mins
Age suitability: 12+

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Joe has always been a nerd.

As a kid he was unaware of it.

As a teenager he hid it.

As a twenty-something he owned it.

But as Joe turned 30, two things occurred to him.

Firstly, humanity had been given 12 years to save the world from climate chaos, and what was Joe doing?

Playing games and watching films, that's what.

Secondly, he'd always felt like the fandoms he belonged to gave him a community when he was isolated.

But, as he looked closer, it seemed some of those communities had become perpetrators of the very things they once provided respite from.

It's like Buzz Lightyear said: "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

Wait ... what?

Fanboy is a love-hate letter to the things we adore absolutely, unconditionally and obsessively.

It also asks questions about the nature of fandom.

Is our relationship with pop-culture and nostalgia preventing us from engaging with the present?

Are we worshipping false gods?

And - when Donald Trump claims he could shoot someone and not lose voters - just how far will fans go for their idols?

Multi-award-winning Worklight Theatre (How to Start a Riot, Labels, Monster) return to VAULT Festival to present a work-in-progress of their brand new show.

Written by Fringe First winner Joe Sellman-Leava, and directed by Yaz Al-Shaater, Fanboy is a blend of storytelling, comedy and performance art.

Fast-paced, funny, and highly visual, expect mini-versions of your favourite films.

Like Harry Potter in 60 seconds.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe in 60 seconds.

And Gone in 60 Seconds in 60 seconds.

Expect hand-drawn fan-art filling the floor, slash fiction and haikus filling the air, and the smell of the 90s filling your nostrils ... whatever that means.

And expect more quotes, references and easter eggs than Pixar films have Randy Newman songs!

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Postal address:
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London SE1 7NN

Box office tel: 0871 230 1557

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Previews from:Tuesday 4 February 2020

Closes:Sunday 9 February 2020

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 6‑10pm

Wednesday ‑ 6‑10pm

Thursday ‑ 6‑10pm

Friday ‑ 6‑10pm

Saturday ‑ 6‑10pm

Sunday ‑ 6‑10pm



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Author: Joe Sellman-Leava
Director: Yaz Al-Shaater
Production: Joe Sellman-Leava & Worklight

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