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The Archive of Educated Hearts - #VAULTFestival2019 

23/01/2019 - 27/01/2019

The Vaults,
Leake Street,


Running Time : 35 mins


Show Details

Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2018


Scrawled diary entries & dog-eared photo albums unfold to reveal a delicate glimpse into the fragments of absolute joy and incomprehensible heartbreak that make up a lifetime. You're invited to step inside this unique storytelling installation to discover honest & personal accounts of kindness, courage, friendship and family. It is a mixture of poetic storytelling, verbatim interviews and a sprawling unfolding photo album of memories - and it all takes place inside a lovingly crafted garden shed.


An award-winning production crafted from true stories of families facing breast cancer, written & performed by Casey Jay Andrews.


“A beautiful, understated piece of storytelling” LYN GARDNER

Featured in The Scotsman’s “10 MUST-SEE THEATRE SHOWS” of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Casey Jay Andrews is an award winning writer, performer and designer. In 2018 she won the Scotsman’s coveted Fringe First Award at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe for "The Archive of Educated Hearts", and was also long-listed for The Old Vic 12 in the writing category.

Casey’s previous work has been nominated for The Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund, The Infallible Awards, The MTN Awards, The NSDF Award, The Sit-Up Awards, The Underbelly IdeasTap Award and The DramaUK Scottish Daily Mail Award.


What the press say

“Her writing is so thoughtful and delicate... a show which is full of light, celebrating the rarest qualities of being human” THE SCOTSMAN

“A narrative masterpiece with a philosophical focus” FRINGE BISCUIT

“The language of her prose is extraordinary, illuminating and expressive... Casey Jay Andrews has crafted a truly unique experience” FRINGE REVIEW featured as HIDDEN GEM of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

“A show of quiet, fragile magic... [Andrews is] a disarmingly informal performer... Blending personal storytelling with philosophical reflections on the need for human kindness” THE LIST

“A profound place of vulnerability... completely enchanting” EDINBURGH GUIDE

“Each centimetre is marked by the labour of love” ED FEST MAG

“A unique experience that leaves one both heartbroken & incredibly privileged to have taken part” THREE WEEKS

“Eliciting giggles as well as tears through poetic language and relaxed delivery” SPY IN THE STALLS

Featuring the voice of Michael Cochrane from BBC Radio 4’s “THE ARCHERS”.


Multiple times, please refer to the theatre site




Suitable for ages 8+

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Venue Details

The Vaults,
Leake Street,

Eight unbelievable venues, three stylish bars and a top-notch restaurant, all hidden beneath Waterloo. From 6pm until the early hours, there’s nowhere else you need to be. Welcome to VAULT 2016

“The business model for the creative industries is broken. For every performer at Edinburgh working for nothing, read musician on Spotify or writer on the net. Providers of content make peanuts, while the controllers of the infrastructure… walk away with extraordinary profits. … How can we transfer some of the wealth grabbed by, say, hotels in Edinburgh and hand it to the people who generated it?”
Patrick Collinson, The Guardian, 29 / 8 / 15

We want VAULT Festival to be the people’s festival. For six weeks, join this carnival of experience, filled with entertainment and around every corner an unexpected adventure. From hard-hitting drama to outrageous comedy, from dance to late-night parties, VAULT takes in the bravest and best of the next generation of creators.

“It’s risky to bring a show [to Edinburgh Festival] that you know needs a lot of development in the faint hope that someone will spot a gold nugget and offer to help nurture it. In any case, if you are only here with something in the hope of catching someone’s eye, you are selling audiences short. They should be the people you really make the show for, not some producer who may or may not pitch up.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 20 / 8 / 15

We put up the flag here at the edge of theatreland, and gather acts & artists, bands & companies from all over to come and make something unforgettable. It’s their festival, and we’re inviting you to celebrate it with us.

We’re doing our best to reinvent the non-funded creative sector and make it sustainable for both the artist and the festival. What we give is space: to innovate, take risks and cooperate with each other. We don’t charge rent. We do take 30% of show box office, which goes some way – but not all the way towards covering our costs. In this way, Artists and Festival live or die together.
Come and see what the people have made: there’s a conversation every single night about where we go from here. There’s three great bars, fantastic food and enough entertainment to make the outside world irrelevant as long as our doors are open.


Halfway down Leake Street (the Graffiti Tunnel). Please do not go to the Launcelot Street entrance. The venue can be hard to find – please leave more time than you usually would.


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