VAULTS FESTIVAL: Producer Profiles Weeks Seven & Eight

20 February 2019


Bringing you all the way to the final week of Vaults we have our last set of producer profiles. This week features two bursary award winners as well as a participant of our most recent workshop! Make sure you scroll all the way down to read more about these schemes as both applications are now open. 


By Nick Bruckman
Wednesday 6th March-Sunday 10th March
Tickets here. Offer: Please use the code DAHMER for a 15% discount on tickets. LIMITED AVAILABILITY!!

A story about real-life gay celebrity serial-killer Jeffrey Dahmer. And real love.

"Why do they make the body of Christ so dry? With the wafer. It’s not like that at all. Bodies aren’t dry.

They’re wet.”

PUFFERFISH is based on the incredible true story of Jeffrey Dahmer, who violently murdered 17 young men in the 1980s. Digging past the bias and homophobia colouring the initial reporting, it explores the edges of our own loves, fears and desires. A glimpse into the darkness and the light inside one of the worlds most infamous serial-killers. Clashing together true crime, gentle comedy, brutal horror and old-fashioned romance, ‘PUFFERFISH cuts you open’. (De Groene Amsterdammer). This UK Premiere of Pufferfish comes to the VAULT Festival following a sell-out run at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam as one of the most lauded new plays of 2017/2018 and part of the National Dutch Theatre Festival.

Producer: Matthew Schmolle, bursary award winner 2018

Matthew began as a producer by starting the company The Working Party and, over the passed 6 years has moved slowly into commercially producing more and more new  work.  Moving from the Old Vic 12 in 2018 to The Stage One Bursary in 2019, he has just started his new company Matthew Schmolle Productions to initially tour the Edinburgh hit STARDUST internationally and open PUFFERFISH at Vault Festival, as well as develop a slate of other projects.

’The Stage One Bursary is a vote of confidence and a challenge; being told "You think you can do it?  Go on then.  Prove it.”


By Fat Rascal Theatre
Wednesday 13th March-Sunday 17th March 
Tickets here. 


The critically-acclaimed sellout Edinburgh Fringe hit. Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind.

Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer, and what is his evil plan?

Grab your tights, your spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It’s hero time.

Producer: Laura Elmes, bursary award winner Autumn 2017

Laura is an independent producer with a particular focus on developing and presenting new musicals. Current projects include an 11-week tour of Vulvarine, development of the fringe hit vibrator musical Buzz, and new musical The Ascension of Mrs Leech written by Daniel Foxx, Robyn Grant and Pippa Cleary.

“Stage One has had an immeasurable impact on my career - from the introduction to commercial producing at the 2014 workshop which then led to my first commercial role, to the bursary I received in 2017 which enabled me to become a fully independent producer. If you want to work in commercial theatre and don’t know how to do so, Stage One is absolutely the place to start."



By Joseph Charlton
Wednesday 13th March-Sunday 17th March 
Tickets here. 

Anna X is inspired by the life of Anna Sorokin (better known as Anna Delvey), the daughter of a Russian truck-driver who posed as a German heiress in New York's socialite art scene until her arrest last year. 

A play about the nature of narcissism, based on real events. Written by award-winning Joseph Charlton (Brilliant Jerks) and directed by Dan Raggett (The Human Voice).

Producer: Rebecca Gwyther, workshop participant 2018

Rebecca is a freelance theatre producer. She runs RJG Productions and is co-director of Old Sole Theatre Company. Her recent productions include A Hundred Words for Snow (Trafalgar Studios, UK Tour & VAULT Festival) and Research & Development of Scum (Park Theatre).

‘The StageOne workshop helped me hone in on my producing skills through workshops with industry leaders, while also allowing me to connect with other interesting and passionate producers’