VAULT Festival: Weeks Five & Six

14 February 2020

VAULT Festival 2020

Continuing our festival highlights, we have 3 alumni producing shows in weeks Five & Six. (25th February - 8th March)

Week Five:

Wigs Snatched, Perceptions Destroyed
By Erinn Dhesi
Tuesday 25th February - Sunday 1st March


Developed from her successful 20-minute stand-up show, How to Find Your Future (Queer) Girlfriend, Erinn Dhesi brings you Wigs Snatched, Perceptions Destroyed. A one-woman show that will teach you to:

  • Turn #ClinicalDepression into a #MinimalistAesthetic!
  • Cultivate a strong #instagay vibe to prevent girls on Hinge from ghosting you!
  • Come up with content ideas that will transform you into a woke Intersectional Feminist, including scripted apologies for your eventual demise because someone found racist/homophobic/sexist (delete as appropriate) tweets from Year 10!

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Producer: Daljinder Johal, Bridge The Gap Producer 2018/19

Daljinder is a freelancer across production, journalism and marketing based primarily in the Midlands. She works with companies across the UK including Arts Council NPO ArtReach, with LGBT+ organisation Gaysians, in the vibrant Midlands arts scene with Beatfreeks and In Good Company or she makes worldwide connections as an Assistant Managing Editor with the literary journal, Asymptote. 

What was your biggest takeaway from the BTG programme last year?

"My biggest takeaway was confidence in my ability as a producer. As much as this sometimes continues to be a work in progress, the programme catered to our whole experience as producers. There was a great range of opportunities from masterclasses with experts to unique career development opportunities to set professional goals."


Killing It
By Josephine Starte, Lily McLeish and Ameena Hamid Productions Ltd
Tuesday 25th - Wednesday 26th February


‚ÄčA young man goes missing at sea. His girlfriend does what the traditions of her culture demand, and turns her loss into a stand-up show. His mother takes comfort from her YouTube audience and her son’s best friend. His grandmother is not paying attention because she is busy plotting the assassination of the US president.

KILLING IT is a comitragedy about the pressure to make grief useful written by Josephine Starte and longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. The show is directed by Lily McLeish and stars industry veteran, Janet Henfrey

Producer: Ameena Hamid, Bridge The Gap producer 2019/20

Ameena is a creative producer and company director of Ameena Hamid Productions Ltd who focuses on produces new work that spotlights marginalised voices both on and offstage. Ameena has done courses with the National Theatre, RADA and Harvard and was one of EdFringe and British Council’s Emerging Producers for 2019 (now one of Stage One’s Bridge The Gap Producers.)

How has Stage One/the BTG programme helped you as a producer?

"As part of the Bridge The Gap programme I have met so many producers and been able to expand my network, which continues to grow. I’ve been able to establish my company and its mission statement, beginning the move from the subsidised to the commercial sector with access to an amazing network through Stage One."

Week Six:

By Studio Odder & Chronic Insanity
Saturday 7th - Sunday 15th March


Glitch is a show about Autism, grief, small towns, and video games. Kelly’s autistic, never left her hometown because of it, and now she’s facing her Dad’s declining health. She’s frustrated, stuck, and looking for a way out - although she doesn’t realise it until it potentially arrives, in the form of a video game speedrunning contest. 

“I’m weird. Diagnosably weird. I mean, I don’t actually feel weird, but everyone tells me I am, so I must be?”

As Kelly navigates her grief, she comes to understand what her Dad has been trying to tell her all along. Other people have been writing Kelly’s story, making her a label instead of a person. Maybe it's time for that to change.

Producer: Joe Strickland, ONE Stage Workshop 2014

Joe Strickland is a Nottingham based producer and theatre maker. They are the executive producer of Chronic insanity, a theatre company in the middle of staging 12 shows in 12 months in and around the East Midlands, using sustainable theatre making, recording shows in immersive video formats, and providing opportunities for local theatre makers.

What’s the best advice you’ve received in your producing career?

"The best advice I received was that its ok for something you've been working on to not go ahead. If something isn't going to come together in time for an opportunity then wait for the right time and don't force it to happen. Have a few projects on the go and turn the heat up on the right ones when the time is right."