It’s back and bolder than ever – VAULT Festival 2018, running until 18 March 2018. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer and performer Philipp Oberlohr, bringing Das Fest to this year’s festival:

VAULT Festival 2018 – it was one of my Theatre Picks to kick off the year. It’s London’s biggest arts festival, taking place in a series of subterranean tunnels beneath Waterloo station, as well as expanding into the nearby Waterloo East Theatre and Network Theatre. Now in its sixth year, it promises to be an eight-week cultural nerve centre, inviting audiences to over 300 shows.

Here at Miro Magazine, we are incredibly excited by the biggest offering that The Vaults has ever seen – we have already picked our top shows that should not be missed! Throughout the festival, we will be profiling some of the shows playing this year – getting to know the theatre companies and performers that are bringing work to London’s version of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Das Fest, which plays VAULT Festival from 28 February – 4 March 2018. I caught up with writer and performer Philipp Oberlohr:

Describe Das Fest in three words.

Memories. Dares. Sheepman.

Is this your first VAULT Festival performance experience?

No – Das Spiel.

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the VAULT Festival?

Last time, I flew in just for my run and didn’t see any shows. This time I arrive a few days earlier. I’m so happy to be able to see Stardust and very excited for Still We Dream… It’s hard to choose, there’s so much exciting stuff happening in every week.

Who or what are your inspirations?

One of my heroes died last August: Eugene Burger; I love Theatre Complicite’s work. My friend Guillaume Pigé from Theatre Re is a source of inspiration.

What are the future plans for Das Fest?

I know a fantastic live musician, I’d like to get her on board, but only if we get funding. But that’s not fully in our control. We have a short tour in Austria lined up. Das Fest is ready to tour Austria, England, the world.

Let’s ignore Brexit as much as possible

What is the best production you have seen in the last 12 months?

I set up a gig in London last June, so I had an excuse to go to Bompas & Parr’s Temple of the Tongue ten-year anniversary. They know how to use their resources and inspire me to use mine.

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Das Fest?

This show is about pushing the limits of mind-reading and storytelling in a form I haven’t seen before. (And would love to see…).


Writer and Performer: Philipp Oberlohr

Co-writer: Daniel Haingartner

Drector: Margot Newkirk Grambow

Das Fest plays as part of VAULT Festival 2018 from 28 February – 4 March 2018. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.