Push at the VAULT festival: Fun and experimental twists that will test the audience

“Half stand-up skit, half Greek tragedy, there was a surprising amount of heavy material in this show and we went places I didn’t expect to go.”

Vault Festival has become a place for sharing experiences, and for a large part, sharing the experience of crisis. Push is the story of an existential crisis: ‘An existential crisis of motherhood’. Have them? Not have them? Why have them? Why not?

The elevator pitch for Push is, ‘So what do you do when you’ve made the brilliant decision NOT to have children and then, at age 35, you find yourself pregnant?’

The show includes some perfect physical theatre, conscientiously put into spin by our performer. She tested her audience at every opportunity by chopping between fun and experimental twists, physical and narrative. There was a lot of this though, electric convulsing and flailing. Some of this felt extra and unnecessary.

Half stand-up skit, half Greek tragedy, there was a surprising amount of heavy material in this show and we went places I didn’t expect to go. This is a trend with short festival pieces, and not one I dislike. But some do it better than others, and Push is not others. Push had force and catharsis, laughs and tears.     

This is a finely cut show, unified and snappy. It shows great technical and emotional range, it uses old techniques with new dexterity and is perfectly frank without being self-aggrandizing.


Push is on at the Network Theatre on Lower Road from 28th Jan to 2nd Feb.


Rex is studying for a BA in English and Drama at Goldsmiths. He is especially interested in new political writing, theatre directing and contemporary French and German theatre.

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