Zoo at Vault Festival

London theatre news: Sunday 22 December 2019

Festivals - Off-West End - Shows

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Hit 'Zoo', by Lily Bevan, will be playing at Vault Festival 2020 from 25 February to 1 March.
Zoo at Vault Festival

Image courtesy Vault Festival

Following a hit run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018 and then Theatre 503 in November the same year, Lily Bevan will be taking her critically acclaimed two-hander Zoo to Vault Festival 2020.

A humorous yet touching tale of tragedy, courage, flamingoes and the need to escape, Zoo plays in the festival's fifth week, from Tuesday 25 February to Sunday 1 March.

Zoo is a play about 'climate change' not only in the weather but also in the discussion of the female experience, our relationships to the natural world, and perceptions of a life well-lived.

The story features two complex, funny, awkward women; both in a mire of bosses, exes, hierarchies, both who prefer animals to people, both need to escape.

Performed by Lorna Beckett and Lily Bevan, the show is directed by Hamish MacDougall whose directing credits include 'Hammerhead' (Pleasance comedy show of the year 2017) & 'Soothing Sounds For Baby' (4 Chortle Awards, nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award, listed in The Guardian Top Ten shows of the year) by Joseph Morpurgo (Edinburgh/Soho Theatre/UK Tour), 'The Narcissist' performed by Graham Dickson (Underbelly) 'Life and Rhymes' by Abandoman (Udderbelly/Southbank/UK Tour) '24 Hour Plays' (Old Vic New Voices) 'A Slight Ache' starring Simon Munnery and 'Below The Belt' starring Mike Wozniak (Pleasance, Edinburgh).

Show listing information


Welcome to 'Cherokee Valley Zoo and Conservation Centre', where the most dangerous event to ever take place was the Tapir's caesarian section.

But when a hurricane heads straight for Miami, Bonnie rushes to keep her animals safe.

Across the world in the Yorkshire dales - Carol feels the repercussions.

However, the danger turns out to be deeper and darker than the weather.

A play about 'climate change' both in the weather and in the discussion of the female experience, our relationships to the natural world, and perceptions of a life well lived.

What do you do when you've always liked animals more than people and suddenly those animals are under threat?

How do the decisions we make in a crisis shape our destiny?

Sometimes our loyalty and commitment make us who we are ... sometimes we drink too many margaritas and go home with Ian Butterwick, giant otter expert and notorious zoo lothario.

A tale of tragedy, courage, flamingoes and the need to escape.


Lily Bevan

Lorna Beckett


Author: Lily Bevan
Director: Hamish MacDougall and Lily Bevan
Designer: Erica Greenshields
Lighting: Tom Clutterbuck
Sound: Mike Winship
Production: Lily Bevan/Anteater


The Vaults - Cavern
Leake Street


From: Tuesday 25 February 2020

Closed: Sunday 1 March 2020


Standard: From £16


Show website
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