It’s back and bolder than ever – VAULT Festival 2018, running until 18 March 2018. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer & performer Nastazja Somers, bringing Things That Do Not C(o)unt 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 Things That Do Not C(o)unt, which plays VAULT Festival from 14 – 18 March 2018. I caught up with writer & performer Nastazja Somers:

Describe Things That Do Not C(o)unt in three words.

Weird. Non-linear. Poetic.

Is this your first VAULT Festival performance experience?

Yes. I’m really happy about getting in but also pretty scared. I’m self producing so there is double pressure. Or maybe triple because I also wrote the bloody thing!

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

I loved Abi Zakarian’s I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream – Abi’s an incredible writer who perfectly encapsulates the absurdity of modern day politics. Maybe I’m biased because I also absolutely adore her as a friend and I’m obssessed with her dog.

I’m looking forward to seeing Foreign Body by Imogen Butler-Cole, Big Bad by Jodi Gray and People Who Need People by Adam Scott-Rowley, whose This Is Not Culturally Significant still remains one of the best fringe productions ever made.

Who or what are your inspirations?

I think my over optimistic need for change is what keeps me going. I want to witness British theatre undergo a revolution that I can hopefully be a part of. I could go on for hours about what needs to change and how, so this is definitely my driving force. I’m also tired of the same formula being applied to everything and anything, and I just hope that my work moves away from that. People who keep fighting for change and are actively implementing it, they keep me going too!

What are the future plans for Things That Do Not C(o)unt?

I’m not thinking about it right now. I really need to be in the present with this particular piece.

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

Roman Tragedies, Barbershop Chronicles and Nassim. All very different productions and I loved them all for different reasons. Wild Bore also blew my mind and in a lot of ways enabled me to voice a lot of concerns that I have regarding theatre criticism.

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Things That Do Not C(o)unt?

No Offence Theatre is probably the only Polish-Australian theatre company that exists in London… But you know I really struggled with writing the marketing bits and bobs and my press release for Things That Do Not C(o)unt because this is a devised show with a lot of writing happening in the process, a lot of changes. All I can say is this: it’s not your usual ‘one woman and a chair’ kinda situation – there is vodka and plenty of obscure Polish music. My absolute goal is for people to come out of it and make up their own mind of what the hell I’m on about.


Writer & Performer: Nastazja Somers

Director: BJ McNeill

Producer: No Offence Theatre

Things That Do Not C(o)unt plays as part of VAULT Festival 2018 from 14 – 18 March 2018. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.