It never ceases to amaze me how many things are on in London, above pubs, in Churches, in backrooms. Now I am excited to discover yet ANOTHER new venue, well, it is new to me anyway.
Just two minutes walk from Waterlook Station are the Vaults! where now in it’s third year, the Mimetic Festival will take place for two weeks in November.
The Mimetic Festival is a wealth of cutting-edge physical and visual theatre, puppetry and cabaret and this year’s season has just been announced!
Theatre highlights include: fringe favourites Antler Theatre’s Where the White Stops (Ideastap
Underbelly Award Winner 2013); Kill The Beast’s The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (Time Out Critic’s
Choice); new work-in-progress from award-winning puppet companies Sparkle and Dark and
Flabbergast Theatre, including new puppet improv from puppet bad boys Boris and Sergey; and
Mimetic bursary-winner Michael Twaits’ latest cabaret theatre extravaganza.
In the cabaret room, The Rubyyy Jones (recently featured on The Drag Queens of London,
London Live) will be presenting a revue, and Neil Henry will be dazzling audiences with his
award-winning magic (sell-out show Edinburgh 2014). Tricity Vogue will be also be at Mimetic
with her Songs for Swinging Ukeleles, while Marcus Reeves will be performing pieces from his
debut album ‘Quicksilver – The Masquerade Macabre’ ‘injecting heart and humanity into a
plastic pop world’ Gay Times. Plus there’s naked stand-up from Miss Gloria Pearl – ‘Funny and
genuine […] feel-good comedy at its best’ Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe 2014.
18th-19th Nov and 25th-26th Nov, 6,35pm
Meet Humphrey. Small, soft, likes gardening. He’s an extraordinary being in an ordinary world.
18th-19th Nov and 25th-26th Nov, 7.30pm
On Being Yourself But Better
Dark clown, drag and dance combine in this joyful fairground ride as six performers don their finest to flirt with big themes and invite you to do the same.
18th Nov, 8.30pm
Miss Glory Pearl: The Naked Stand-Up
A no-holds-barred look at the body and our (usually laughable) attitudes towards it.
18th-20th Nov, 9.30pm
Where the White Stops
Battling against icy blizzards and mythical beasts, Crab leaves the safety of her village to journey across a vast and desolate frozen landscape.
18th Nov, 9.40pm
Spencer Jones is the Herbert
A daft, physical, clownish character comedy about a man called Herbert alone in his flat.
18th-19th Nov and 25th-26th Nov, 9.45pm
Shocked by the return of her imaginary friend, a woman decides she must – once and for all – come of age.
19th Nov, 7.00pm
A one man cabaret of illusions, deadpan comedy, magic, puppetry & the beautifully bizarre.
19th-22nd Nov, 8.00pm
The Greatest Liar in All the World
Familia de la Noche return with their five-star, darkly funny sequel to Pinocchio: a rollercoaster ride filled with song, puppetry, physical theatre and clowning.
19th-22nd Nov, 8.20pm
How a Man Crumbled
A 55 minute piece exploring the works of Daniil Kharms, cutting-up and regurgitating the story of ‘The Old Woman’.
19th-22nd Nov, 8.30pm
The Misdemeanours of Saccharine
Join us for an inconceivable, international, imaginary journey inspired by (a thesaurus) and the likes of Monsieurs Grimm and Dahl.
19th Nov, 8.30pm
Holestar presents Sorry I’m a Lady
Part theatre and cabaret, Holestar exposes her unconventional showgirl biography through storytelling, belting vocals, original music, humour & occasional lap dance.
19th Nov, 10.00pm
The Ruby Darlings Show
Born out of a fiery feminist agenda The Ruby Darlings give an outrageously honest yet totally sexy look at life with a vagina.
20th-21st Nov, 6.30pm
When he is given a job controlling the world’s weather, Kiki Lovechild tries to amuse himself throughout eternity by creating new worlds from his imagination.
20th-21st Nov, 7.00pm
A ridiculous physical comedy that explores the big questions and comes to some astounding,yet allusive conclusions.
20th-22nd Nov and 27th-29th Nov, 9.50pm
Un Cas de Nostalgie
Meet Pi. His head in the clouds and his feet firmly half way up in the air, he cannot help but dream.
20th-22nd Nov and 27th-29th Nov, 10.00pm
Boris & Sergey
Boris and Sergey, your favourite puppet clown vagabonds, present for your viewing pleasure an hour of improvised delights, featuring guests from Mimetic Festival and the odd audience member or two.
20th Nov, 10.00pm
BABY LAME: Don’t Call It a Comeback!
Join the 6 year old cabaret monstrosity Baby Lame for a punk-horror-drag night of song, dance, film and balls-out performance chronicling her much storied return to the spotlight.
21st Nov, 8.30pm
Burlexe is an empowering burlesque show inspired by the women who created and perform the art form.
22nd Nov, 6.00pm
In Our Hands
Using puppetry and visual theatre, In Our Hands tells the story of Alf, a trawler fisherman.
22nd Nov, 6.00pm
Griffin and Jones: Fooling Themselves
Steve Griffin and Nathan Jones are a pair of grifters, tricksters, conmen and award-winning magicians.
22nd Nov, 7.30pm
I am Beast
After the death of his wife, an isolated and troubled father realises he has lost his teenage daughter to her own shadowy landscape of dreams and hallucination.
22nd Nov, 8.30pm
Tricity Vogue: Songs for Swinging Ukeleles
Sporting her trusty ukulele, a vintage three-piece suit and a homburg hat, Tricity invites you to share an hour of her trademark playful wit in this engaging show of original tunes.
24th-26th Nov, 8.30pm
Behind the Mask with Marcus Reeves
Mechanical minstrel Marcus Reeves delves ‘Behind the Mask’, performing songs from his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Quicksilver – The Masquerade Macabre’.
25th-29th Nov, 6.30pm
The Lonely Room
Time has stopped. They wait. And wait… and wait… and wait. They wait, surrounded by
nothingness and the empty loneliness of their existence.
25th-29th Nov, 6.40pm
Jealousy: the fear of losing your loved one. Funny and colourful in childhood, an unstoppable and eventually violent emotion in some adults.
25th Nov, 7.00pm
Neil Henry’s IMPOSSIBLE
Jaw-on-the-floor, good-God-how-does-he-do-it, brain-frying magic.
25th-29th Nov, 7.50pm
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
A dark, hilarious, highly visual and very physical romp through the tale of an evil little boy – a blisteringly funny show adapted from the Tom Baker novel of the same name.
25th-29th Nov, 8.10pm
The messy, sticky, absurdity of marriage told with vocal acrobatics, quirky humour and an evocative 1930’s soundtrack.
25th-29th Nov, 8.20pm
Marion Deprez is Gorgeous
A one-woman physical comedy show that turns the whole concept of ‘beauty’ on its head.
25th-29th Nov, 9.40pm
The Libertine Has Left The Building
Caustic cabaret, autobiographical analysis, theatrical theorem collide as the creator of
‘Confessions Of A Dancewhore’ brings a multimedia feast of a show to Mimetic 2014.
25th Nov, 9.55pm
In this hilarious, absurd and often magical show that juxtaposes themes of loneliness and belonging with joy and exhilaration we are invited to witness one man’s quest for a friend.
26th Nov, 7.00pm
Australian International superstar Lady Celeste Luminary, is back – to relaunch her career like never before.
26th Nov, 10.00pm
We make handcrafted, passionate music after hours in a forest of the imagination, fuelled by bread, wine, cheese and olives.
27th Nov, 8.30pm
Anna Lou’s Contes D’amour
Through her unique brand of indecorous musical storytelling, Cabaret Roulette’s very own petite Parisienne powerhouse will teach you everything she has ever learned about love.
27th Nov, 10.00pm
The Save Rubyyy Jones Revue
A truly neo variety show brought to you as a challenge to face your fears, own your kinks and embrace yourrr Rubyyy Jones.
28th-29th Nov, 7.00pm
A puppet sketch-show making big things small with a peek into the hilarious, ridiculous and altogether normal Christmas Day of the divine three.
28th Nov, 7.00pm
A diva/philosopher comes from the darkness feeling lost looking for her lost lover.
28th-29th Nov, 8.30pm
Lady Carol: Lost and Found
Lady Carol returns to London with more songs of spirited spite and tales of melancholic
29th Nov, 10.00pm
Rubyyy Jones’s Young Feminist Whores!
Rubyyy Jones presents a sensational and sexy showcase of her incredible students; otherwise known as Young Feminist Whores.
Programme subject to change – please see http://mimeticfest.com/.
The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
Tuesday 18th – Saturday 29th November 2014
More Details about each event can be found the the vaults comphrehensive website here
Telephone: 0207 620 3364