It’s back and bolder than ever – VAULT Festival 2018, running until 18 March 2018. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up the creative team behind Great Again: The Musical, coming 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 Great Again: The Musical, which plays VAULT Festival from 24 – 28 January 2018. I caught up with the creative team:

Describe Great Again: The Musical in three words.

Very stable genius.

Is this your first VAULT Festival performance experience?

It is not our first VAULT Festival experience, but it’s just as exciting being back! Last year, Old Sole Theatre Company produced the sell-out Testament by Tristan Bernays and directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson. Isla van Tricht has also produced multiple productions at VAULT Festival in previous years, including Underground and The Litterati, which both went on to be incredibly successful shows. Underground had an Off-Broadway run in New York.

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

Ah! It’s so difficult to choose – there’s so much incredible work. Out of everything though, A Hundred Words for Snow, which is a beautiful show written by Tatty Hennessy and directed by Lucy – it’s a coming of age story, with polar bears. In addition to that it has to be Frances Farmer: Zombie Movie Star and The Dirty Thirty.

Who or what are your inspirations?

It has to be the community that theatre makers are surrounded by. There is such a high-standard of work being created all the time, which pushes you to create inspiring work, but you are simultaneously surrounded by the most understanding and supportive people that make creating and sharing work a delight.

What are the future plans for Great Again: The Musical?

After VAULT we are hoping to take the show onto a full length run, and there is talk of a UK Tour.  We want to promote empathy across political parties outside of London, as a way to push conversation and move beyond politically divided stereotypes. The dream is to be playing in the West End, but one step at a time, I guess.

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

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead. I rarely see productions multiple times but this show is just phenomenal. It ran at The Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe with the premise being a post-show Q&A after Joe’s one-man eight hour Frankenstein. Need I say more? It’s intricate, intelligent and hilarious.

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Great Again: The Musical?

Unlike a lot of Trump-based musicals, ours is not a satire. Ours is a story of friendship and adventure, of finding your voice – it falls in the context of the 2016 presidential campaign but the its aim is to encourage people to listen to each other, especially those who vote in opposition to themselves.


Writer: Isla van Tricht

Composer:  Guy Woolf

Director:  Joe Cunningham

Musical Director:  Lauren Ronan

Producer:  Old Sole Theatre Company

Design: Fraser Craig (lighting)

Cast: Eleanor Jackson; Jacob Bradford; Andy Umerah; Alex McMorran; Rosie Ward; Natasha Zacher

Great Again: The Musical plays as part of VAULT Festival 2018 from 24 – 28 January 2018. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.