Review: Kompromat, VAULT Festival

Entertainingly compelling throughout, I enjoy the macabre thrills of Kompromat at the VAULT Festival

“Do you feel safe with me?”

The term kompromat might be much more familiar to many a Bodyguard viewer nowadays but in David Thames’ play Kompromat, it is real-life drama that has provided the key influences. Riffing off of the still-unsolved 2010 murder of GCHQ agent Gareth Williams, he explores a world of secret agents, scientists and subcultures and the lengths we’ll go to to protect what we think is ours.

Running at a taut hour and needing to pack a lot of story in, Peter Darney’s production manages deliver a pulsating powerful drama. As Guy Warren-Thomas’ shyly retiring Tom starts to bloom as he discovers the seedily seductive side that London life possesses just below the skin. And guided by the raffish sexuality of Max Rinehart’s Zac who lavishes attention on him, he can’t quite believe his luck, Continue reading “Review: Kompromat, VAULT Festival”

2019 VAULT Festival – 20 shows to see

With less than a week to go before the 2019 VAULT Festival opens, I wade my way through the catalogue and come up with 20 shows I think you should catch – in their own words

Now in its seventh year, VAULT Festival returns this year from 23rd January to 17th March with a broad and diverse programme of more than 400 shows in a range of atmospheric venues throughout Waterloo. And as ever, the remit is to be as big and bold as impossible, with the festival featuring theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, late night parties, and much more besides.

It can be a little overwhelming to figure out what you want to see, the majority of shows run for a week (Wednesday to Sunday) so you’ll need to move pretty sharpish once you’ve decided – there’s the VAULT Combo deal which saves you money booking more than one show, and some 241 deals available through the Stagedoor app. And to help you, I’ve identified 20 shows (and it could have been so many more!) that appealed to me and asked them to sell themselves in 10 words or less in order to grab your attention.  Continue reading “2019 VAULT Festival – 20 shows to see”