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A Modern Guide To Heroism & Sidekickery - #VAULTFestival2019 


The Vaults,
Leake Street,


Running Time : 1 hour


Show Details

Everyone knows how superhero stories work. Save day, rescue damsel, witty one liner, post credits scene. But Michelle Zahner doesn’t want to do that. She wants to ask the real questions: Why are there never pockets in lycra costumes? How do you fight a cyclone, or a rabid llama or the patriarchy? What if there’s no villain and why don’t we have a word for a male damsel?


For this mission she’s combining storytelling, poetry, comedy, shadow puppetry and physical theatre with a hint of audience participation. She brings to life an accidental superhero, a lost journalist and a girl who doesn’t need saving. She’s really asking one thing: what do we expect from superheroes, and what would happen if we got it?


She’s aware that’s actually two things...


Michelle Zahner tells stories through theatre, comedy and circus. She has performed in Edinburgh, London and across Australia with companies including; Vulcana Women’s Circus, Violet & Veruca, Screen Rebels, Black Fox Theatre, Pentimento Productions & La Boîte Theatre. Her work joyfully explores the ridiculousness of life, the messes we make for ourselves, and why somedays we’d rather watch Netflix than live our lives.

Previously she co-wrote/produced ‘HolePunch’ (Adelaide Fringe, Anywhere Festival, 2High Festival) and co-devised/produced ‘Luster’ (Adelaide Fringe, Wonderland Festival, 2High Festival). A Modern Guide to Heroism & Sidekickery is her first solo work, she's pretty excited to show it to you.


What the press say

Out in Perth, 4 stars, "Zahner transforms the ordinary into something extraordinary, all via language"
Isolated Nation, "a sweet, sweet thing, full to the brim and overflowing with charm and sass"
Mindshare Australia, 5 stars, "super powers of comedy timing"
Fringe Review, Highly Recommended Show, "remarkable and unexpected"






Suitable for ages 12+

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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.


A Modern Guide To Heroism & Sidekickery - #VAULTFestival2019A Modern Guide To Heroism & Sidekickery - #VAULTFestival2019
A Modern Guide To Heroism & Sidekickery - #VAULTFestival2019A Modern Guide To Heroism & Sidekickery - #VAULTFestival2019

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