Theatre Review: Vespertilio @ The Vault Festival 2019
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A damp, yet not uncomfortable, smell meets the nostrils of the audience as we walk into the Cavern at the Vaults where Vespertilio, Barry Mcstay’s new play, is being staged as part of the Vault festival 2019.
Image courtesy of Chloé Nelkin ConsultingThe room looks like a tunnel, and the smell and high ceiling creates a fitting sensation of being remote and underground. As the play begins a train passes over our heads, and the rumbles gives the perfect atmosphere to the beginning of the play.The light goes out, a flashlight cuts through the darkness shining on a figure curled up in the corner. Alan (Benedict Salter) is a bat expert doing his daily routine of checking on a male Greater mouse eared bat, the last in Britain, hibernating in the tunnel, when he finds the young runaway Josh (Joshua Oakes-Rogers).
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