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Opal Fruits - #VAULTFestival2019 

23/01/2019 - 27/01/2019

The Vaults,
Leake Street,


Running Time : 1 hour


Show Details

"Hands up who's bored of white people making sentimental autobiographical solo shows that use direct address, spoken-word, and gritty clichéd accounts of other people's struggles for the entertainment of the middle classes. The well-established default.
... Whoops."


Fresh off the back of a sell-out scratch at Camden People's Theatre, OPAL FRUITS is an unreliable solo show about the fetishisation of the feral female - about working-class women and the trouble with 90's nostalgia - spliced with stories from four generations of women who came of age on the same council estate in South London.


OPAL FRUITS is Holly Beasley-Garrigan's debut solo show. It's a tongue-in-cheek questioning of the broader implications of faux-working-class cultural trends and a re-claiming and re-casting of the self-congratulatory, spoken-word solo show. The show explores what it means to be making performance as a working-class artist today... to have a stake in two worlds but to feel as though you don't really fit into either.


“In 1998 a much loved British sweet changed its name to – we don’t say that name here. It was all downhill.”


Holly Beasley-Garrigan

Holly Beasley-Garrigan is a Choreographer, Theatre-Maker and Performer with a background spanning Theatre, Dance, Music and Live Art. She is best known for her award winning work with Fine Chisel and Flanagan Collective.

Concerned with reclaiming & restructuring the spaces we inhabit - as a gay, working class, female artist - she likes making anarchic work for unusual spaces and audiences; specialising in devised, site-specific, immersive and inter-disciplinary performance. Previous acclaim includes Scotsman Fringe First & MTN Innovation Award for Fine Chisel’s Dumbstruck (2013); ThreeWeeks Editors' Award for Fine Chisel’s Edinburgh Season (2012); Best Collective Award for The Flanagan Collective’s Adelaide Season (2016).

Holly co-runs Woman SRSLY, a new platform at The Yard Theatre which champions female-led performance and is an original choreographer, writer and performer with The Guild of Misrule's Immersive Great Gatsby - a show she co-created in 2015 - which is now the longest-running immersive show in the UK.


"a very enjoyable act" Plays to See 4 Stars


18:00 and Sat matinee 15:00




Suitable for ages 15+

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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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