The New Romantic at Vault Festival

London theatre news: Sunday 17 February 2019

Festivals - Shows

Sadie Spencer's black comedy about monogamy, polyamory, and whether either of them are the answer, will be at Vault Festival from 27 February to 3 March.
The New Romantic at Vault Festival

Image courtesy Vault Festival and Sadie Spencer

Written and directed by JMK Award finalist Sadie Spencer, The New Romantic is a black comedy that watches three characters in a polyamorous relationship try to save themselves after a misguided sex game has disastrous consequences.

As they try to figure out where they went wrong, they ask if we are misleading ourselves to satisfy our deepest desires, or is it society that is dealing in myths?

In a culture where monogamy is the norm, The New Romantic questions what the alternatives are and the obstacles they face.

Sadie Spencer said ...

"This play comes from my own experience of embracing the increasingly popular principles of non-monogamy.

I want to interrogate the idea that monogamy is a myth and explore the ways in which myths influence our ideas about 'truth', as well as how seeing oneself represented in myth and story is an important part of belonging to a culture."

Sadie Spencer is a playwright and director.

She was the Jerwood Assistant Director on The Inheritance and a JMK award finalist in 2017.

Writing includes Swansong (Pleasance Edinburgh, Arcola and tour, nominated for Best Studio Production Manchester Theatre Awards) and Sunset Five (Pleasance Edinburgh, Hull Truck), and directing includes Rabbits (Park Theatre) Seeing Double (Pleasance Edinburgh).

Producer Josh Green has directed and produced plays at the Soho Theatre, New Diorama Theatre, Pleasance Islington and Edinburgh, Underbelly Edinburgh, Warwick Arts Centre, and VAULT Festival, and is a graduate of the National Film and Television School with a diploma in Script Development.

For the last four years, Josh has been working as an associate producer at New Sparta Films (The Killing of A Sacred Deer; The Limehouse Golem; Miss You Already), working closely with writers and directors through the development and production process.

Show listing information


What does it mean to be in love with two people at the same time?

And what does it take to break those bonds?

Lies? Betrayal?

Or just some really strange behaviour amidst the throws of passion one night?

Erin, Toni and Bruno are a thrupple until a night that changes everything.

Now they are trying to understand what happened and, more importantly, why.

Could it really be the case that polyamory is a doomed concept, or did they just go about it wrong?


Erin - Eleanor Henderson

Antonia - Milli Proust

Bruno - Edward Davis


Author: Sadie Spencer
Director: Sadie Spencer
Set designer: Klara Wilson
Lighting: Joe Price
Production: Josh Green


The Vaults - Cavern
Leake Street


From: Wednesday 27 February 2019

Closed: Sunday 3 March 2019


Standard: £12


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