It’s back and bolder than ever – VAULT Festival 2018, running until 18 March 2018. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with the creative team bringing ZINA 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 ZINA, which plays VAULT Festival from 21 – 25 February 2018. I caught up with the creative team:

Describe Zina in three words.

Bold, controversial, honest.

Is this your first VAULT Festival performance experience?

This is Naomi’s second VAULT Festival, but it’s the debut for the rest of the team. In 2017, Puppy sold out and was pick of the week in Time Out and the Guardian. The team have also co-produced another VAULT play this year, Double Infemnity.

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

Mostly to seeing I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream, Glitter Punch, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and we can’t miss Neverland.

Who or what are your inspirations?

It comes from the anger at how marginalised women, disabled people and minorities still are. Little but Fierce is a feminist theatre collective started to redress the balance and create opportunities for women marginalised by the traditional theatre industry, and to tell stories of women who are often silenced. What gives us energy are the amazing women we work with.

What are the future plans for ZINA?

We are presenting ZINA as a work in progress/ scratch and hope to develop it further and start submitting it to other festivals.

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

The best play in the past year was An Octoroon at the Orange Tree, a stunning play pushing boundaries of text and form.

Is there anything else you want to highlight about ZINA?

ZINA is a “pure” verbatim play. Apart from a few brief extracts of poetry and one other small segment, every word is directly transcribed from interviews conducted with the real ZINA, an extraordinary woman who made the decision to document her journey from devout Hijabi to dominatrix.


Writer: Jessica Cornfeld; Anonymous

Director: Jessica Cornfeld

Producer: Little but Fierce

Cast: Sarah-Jane Dent

ZINA plays as part of VAULT Festival 2018 from 21 – 25 February 2018. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.