Vault Festival 2016: Echoes By Henry Naylor
Award-winning interlinking story of Jihadi brides and Victorian women
London's biggest arts festival is returning: make your way underground for six weeks of creativity, innovation and chaos at Vault Festival. With more than 100 different shows spread across eight incredible venues, you're not going to find anything else like it above or below ground any time soon. Following a critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fringe First Award winning Playwright Henry Naylor brings Echoes to the Vault Festival. In it, he finds surprising similarities between the Islamist adventurers of today, and early Victorian pioneers. Presented as a pair of intercut monologues, Echoes tells the stories of two women, born 175 years apart. One is a student jihadi from London - the other a Victorian member of the Fishing Fleet (the women who travelled to India to be brides of those men who were setting up the Empire). Both are idealists: intelligent adventurers, with strong religious beliefs. Both travel to the East with a mission to impose a system of government upon an unwilling people. Echoes is a provocative and brutal tale of colonialism, and the rhyme of history. Featuring superb performances by Felicity Houlbrooke and Filipa Braganca, this is a production that wows and intrigues in equal measure. ★★★★★ – Scotsman ★★★★★ – The Times Show takes place in the Pit space. Running time is approx 60 minutes.
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