The Vaults London
A disco-infused play about flirting, sex and one night stands, Love to Love to Love You was our pick for the Vaults Festival this year.
Ushered through the cavernous entrance to The Vaults, the audience were sat in a U-shaped array, still wearing our coats, in front of a sparse set which mainly consisted of some boxes. No one really knew what to expect.
There was a buzz of anticipation; people looked around nervously. Suddenly, from the darkness, shot beams of neon pink light, scattering off the giant mirror ball above us. A procession of scantily clad dancers burst out from behind a huge curtain to an 80s soundtrack which echoed around the intimate space.
The play developed in to a collection of scenes, each telling the story of a one night stand. Characters and stories were connected and interspersed with flamboyant dance performances, which turned out to be the show's real highlight moments. The script itself was fairly mediocre and the characters lacked depth; but the utter ridiculousness of the costumes, shoulder-shaking and general attitude kept the audience captivated. You were sat so close to the actors that you could see things in minute detail - those costumes being bravely revealing.
The beauty of The Vaults Festival is the lucky dip of shows; it's a bit like the Edinburgh Fringe; you still end up having a great time even if the show's aren't exactly Shakespeare.