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Drought - #VAULTFestival2019 

20/02/2019 - 24/02/2019

The Vaults,
Leake Street,


Running Time : 1 hour


Show Details

This is a story that starts how most stories start... 'In ancient Ancient Greece. Lived Caenis most beautiful of all the maidens.....' a story we've heard a thousand times before. A thousand ways.


In this dynamic modern re-telling of this ancient tale, we meet Caenis. Alone in the desert. Stuck in no-mans land. Skilfully blending electronic music, international song, digital landscapes and powerful experimental prose we give voice to a voiceless character....a lot of voice. We watch Caenis' story unfold, as she is taken from a solitary life in nature, to wishing herself away.


For how long will these atrocities happen to women in stories? For how long will we listen? Maybe its time we write our own mythology. One where the woman is not handed as offering for tall tales of redemption. Violence in our storytelling perpetuates violence in our culture. This solo-performance is driving new narratives for women. Taking them firmly out of the desert and into warmer shores.


It is time to end this Drought.

Contains references to sexual violence, can be triggering.


Kate Radford is a multi-disciplinary artist, polymath and activist based in Hebden Bridge. She has been an associate artist of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, The Nova Collective, Bred in The Bone Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Contact Theatre as well as working with other organisations such as Manchester International Festival. She has a vested interest in using art as a mechanism for social activism and social change, specifically enabling the furthering and cementing of equal rights for women.

Her work is explosive, honest and modern, often pulling on her experience as a multi-functioning artist and human being to enhance the audiences experience. All tools are used to communicate a message, a story or a feeling. Nothing is off limits. Nothing is out of reach. Hands beyond the glass ceiling. 


"This show was incredible. I felt spoken to. I felt seen. Thank you for creating this Kate. You have a singular gift."- Audience Member

"Strong, Lyrical, Focused and compelling. I am going to eagerly watch how this show, and artist progresses. Both are going to go places" - Debs Newbold (Performer and Theatre Maker)


21:20 with Sat matinee at 16:50




Suitable for ages 18+

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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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