Review: Tacenda, VAULT Festival

RedBellyBlack’s Tacenda at the VAULT Festival comes off as a Groundhog Day for millennials, though it could afford to be messier in its dénouement 

“I feel like I’m missing something important”

With my Susie Dent hat on, “tacenda is an archaic term referring to things better left unsaid; the opposite of ‘agenda'”. With the hat off, Tacenda is also the name of RedBellyBlack’s new show devised deviously for the VAULT Festival in their inimitable mix of physical theatre, storytelling and sequins and gold lamé jackets.

Elizabeth and Joy have been friends for a long time but things are becoming highly strained as Joy has moved in while looking for a new place to live and Elizabeth is newly single and both are having problems at work. On the day of their best friend Joel’s 30th birthday party, communication becomes so bad that the universe makes them do over the day until they finally start being honest with each other, and with themselves. Continue reading “Review: Tacenda, VAULT Festival”

Review: A Year From Now, VAULT Festival

“I see I’m starting to get old now”

If I had star ratings, RedBellyBlack would gain an extra one automatically for featuring the theme tune to 80s kids TV programme Round The Twist in their show A Year From Now. I would then probably take it away again because they’re all too young to have watched it when it was on and I’m bitter like that. Fortunately, A Year From Now has much more to it than the cultural appropriation of my childhood so we’re good.

Playing at the VAULT Festival after a run at the Tristan Bates last year, the show is built on a set of responses to the provocation ‘where do you see yourself a year from now?’. Using the techniques of verbatim theatre, a company of 5 interpret the answers to that question from 14 different people from all walks of life, with a multidisciplinary approach. With a keen eye for the visual, Vicki Baron’s direction mixes in movement with the miming, laughter with the lip-syncing, constantly keeping us on our toes.  Continue reading “Review: A Year From Now, VAULT Festival”