V & V @ The Vaults*

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tickets and more information: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/vv/
Booking until: 8th March 2020
Run time: 1hr
Production photos by: Ali Wright

Taking place across two different time periods, Misha Pinnington’s production showcases how different female romantic relationships are today compared to the early 1900s. An interesting concept that transitions between both time periods smoothly, I found V&V to be thoroughly entertaining.

The play is performed by EM Williams and Heather Wilkins who play both couples. The first being Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf with the two performers reciting the letters both authors sent to each other. And the second couple being Mia and Lottie who meet on a dating app in today’s society. Both actresses portray both couples excellently, however I did think the stronger performances came from playing Mia and Lottie. Similarly, the writing here feels more at ease and I wonder if this is due to the smartphone era we are living in with the anxieties of modern life (let alone dating) being more relatable. Misha Pinnington’s writing is sharp, feels fresh and has really strong humorous moments.

This was my first trip to the Vaults Festival this year and I’m glad it was to a play that put’s women’s voices at the forefront. I found this to be a really charming play that’s wonderfully written with two excellent performances. If you’re able to catch this at the Vaults, I highly recommend this. And I really hope this isn’t the last we see of this production.

Until next time,

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