You know how, when you live in London, you’re always meaning to take advantage of all the culture on offer, but somehow rarely get around to it? Well, this year’s Vault festival has pulled together more than 100 shows in one place, so that you can get a top-up of talking-point culture – be it cutting-edge theatre, out-there comedy or critically acclaimed dance and spoken word performances – whenever you feel like it.
There’s so much going on at Vault 2016 that it’s impossible to give you anything but a taster here, but shows that are not to be missed include: Underground, a comedy-drama about two strangers who meet via a dating app and then realise they take the same train every day (January 27, £12); We Can Make you Happy the latest comedy vehicle from the sweethearts of the Edinburgh Fringe, House of Blakewell (February 3, £12); and Butter, a dramatic exploration of the relationship women have with food (March 2, £12).
Talking of food, Vault isn’t only concerned with feeding your soul – and to prove this they’ve gone and set up a pop-up ‘country’ pub, The Suffolk Punch, which aims to keep you fed and watered, Suffolk style. It’s a collective effort from some of the finest producers the county of Suffolk has to offer – including the Artisan Smokehouse in Falkenham, Pump Street Bakery in Orford, and Fen Farm Dairy in Bungay. Snacks include a Suffolk-style BLT, while sit-down meal options range from beef and Adnams ale hotpot, to venison shortcrust pie, with decadent desserts such as chocolate-truffle brownie or cider-laced trifle. Sundays, meanwhile, are given over to pizza.
Vault 2016 runs from January 27 to March 6. With all tickets around a tenner a throw, you’ve really got no excuse not to ditch the box sets for the night and do something spontaneous in the city. See the full programme here and start the year as you mean to go on.