The Vault Festival takes place in the Vaults beneath Waterloo Station and is an eclectic mix of performance, from cabaret and comedy to dance and drama. The mission is to encourage new and up-and-coming talent and present innovative and challenging productions. Vault has really grown from its birth in 2012 and now hosts at least ten separate performances a day.
Nearby, at the Southbank Centre there’s a children’s opera, ‘Brundibar‘ on 13th and 14th February. Children from the Pembroke Academy of Music in Walworth are teaming up with professional Opera Group, Mahogany, to perform an opera with a poignant backstory. The opera, which has had rave reviews around the country, is suitable for children from seven years and above and would make a nice half-term outing.
It’s Oscars month and there’s the opportunity to see all those films that are up for an award. It’s always good fun discussing who’s going to win with your friends – and then afterwards completely disagreeing with the winners! The ‘Best Film’ nominations are: Whiplash, Theory of Everything, Birdman, American Sniper, Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, the Imitation Game and Selma, and they’re all on in South London during the month.
One sport we’ve never featured before is ice hockey and South London has its very own team in Streatham Redskins. They have two fixtures at home on the 8th and 14th Feb, ‘home’ being the Streatham Ice Arena. We’ve already been down there to have a look and we’ll have a feature on the sport soon.
I’ve been watching some of the tennis from Melbourne, which reminded me to tell you about a tennis league you can join in South London. The Solo Tennis League has three or four rounds a year and provides you with 4/5 opponents of similar standard each round. You arrange the games where and when its suits you and at the end of each round there is promotion, relegation and prizes. The closing date for the next round is 21st February – time to dig out those racquets!
You may have read our article on ‘Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet‘ – the next club night is actually on Saturday 7th March but if you want to go, buy your ticket early as it’s their 5th birthday party at the Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich and will sell out quickly.
Meanwhile over at Clapham Junction, Salsa makes a welcome return with Salsateca at the DNA Club (formerly Wessex House) 1, St John’s Hill SW11 – opposite the station. SLB will be at the relaunch night on Thursday 12th Feb, featuring bachata classes at 7.15, salsa classes at 8.15 and then club until 1am with Orquesta Estelar, Mawu-Lisa Dance Company and DJ Johnny G.
Finally, in case you hadn’t noticed, its Valentine’s Day on the 14th. We’ll tweet some ideas for you.
Have a brilliant February!