VAULT Festival is more than just a nice collection of neat plays. Throughout the festival they have caravan shows, lates, bars and food, and one event gaming event that takes place every night of the festival. We got to talk to the guys behind Revolution, the interactive gaming show that takes us through post-revolution London.
What drove you to make Revolution?
Revolution came about because of a want to make a price of theatre that an audience had real agency within. This was coupled with a feeling that as politics was and is getting more and more devicive proper honest voices are being lost. The show aims to give people a chance to have their voices heard, challenged and explored in a fun environment.
Who is Revolution for?
Gamers, larpers, activists, immersive lovers and people who care about the people around them. But we have also made an interactive show that allows people to be as involved as they wish. You can be the politician making speeches or just have fun spying, playing the diplomat or puppeteering your team. It's a great first interactive show as the audience can really be as involved as they feel comfortable being.
Why have you chosen to created and interactive theatre piece for Revolution?
The political world seems full of extremes and the armchair activists or three pint politicians all seem to have an answer. With Revolution we ask you to put your money where your mouth is. It's a show that lets you enjoy the politicking rather than despair at the devicive real world and put forward your own ideas. If it came to it, what exactly would you change.
What theatre ‘turn offs’ do you have?
Interactive theatre that throws the audience into the action too quickly. Without taking responsibility for transporting the audience to the headspace they have to be in.
What was the last show that moved you to action?
I went to an amazing mix of live action role play and immersive theatre at CPT. I learnt so much from the LARPers about new ways to allow an audience to get into the experience playing the game in their own way.
What shows at VAULT are you looking forward to?
AI Love You looks to be a fascinating show. The audience gets the chance to vote on the life or death of a human's AI companion. The dynamics here are made even more interesting with the roles swapping genders each night.
Revolution runs for the whole of VAULT Festival (24th Jan – 18th March) with performances at 18.30 every day that the festival is open!