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Split, Network Theatre at Vault Festival – Review

Pros: Amazing performance created by two incredibly talented women.
Cons: Having to wear all of my layers inside – “Beast from the East” problem, though, not the play or theatre’s!

Pros: Amazing performance created by two incredibly talented women. Cons: Having to wear all of my layers inside – “Beast from the East” problem, though, not the play or theatre’s! After facing the bizarre and freezing weather London seems to be vaguely coping with, Split made the journey across icy London completely worth it! With its quirky and characteristic location, Network Theatre is just under Waterloo Station. To gain access you need to go to the right of McDonald's and into a loading bay area where the security guard lets you through once you state what you’re there for,…

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Five stars - Unmissable!

Split is the evening of nostalgia and hilarity that everyone needs to see!

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After facing the bizarre and freezing weather London seems to be vaguely coping with, Split made the journey across icy London completely worth it!

With its quirky and characteristic location, Network Theatre is just under Waterloo Station. To gain access you need to go to the right of McDonald’s and into a loading bay area where the security guard lets you through once you state what you’re there for, and your experience has only just begun. Big thanks to the website’s description of location otherwise there was no hope of arrival!

Although a little on the chilly side, Network was a great choice for Split, especially being so close to the main Vaults Festival area.

Split, though only an hour long, took the audience through the trials and ridiculous teenage years of two girls, starting in 2002. Having gone through my own teenage years not too long after this, it was almost like watching my own life shown back to me, which was terrifying but absolutely hilarious!

From exams, to boys, glossy lipgloss, smelly gel pens, MSN and brutal self discovery, Split breeched the subject of what it was like to grow up as a teenage girl in the noughties.

Massive shout out to the best performance playlist I have ever experienced, but an even bigger shout out to the two that made it all happen. Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard performed and created Split so exceedingly well. Their awkward conversations, quick witted responses, loving relationship and teenage stupidity was displayed effortlessly and with absolutely no fault.

This play is cringey, nostalgic, timeless and the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in a long time. These two women deserve every credit and every audience member the theatre can hold for the duration of their run. Even if you’ve never been a teenage girl, Split is enjoyable for the sheer awkwardness that Tamar and Emma show being a teen was like.

Created by: Tamar Broadbent and Emma Pritchard
Director: Sara Joyce
Booking Link: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/split/
Booking Until: 4th March, 2018

About Dayna Jeynes

Dayna Jeynes
Dayna has previously studied a Foundation in Musical Theatre at Mountview academy of Theatre Arts. This year she is going on to do a BA (Hons) in Arts Management at Goldsmiths University, London from 2016-2019. Alongside cocktail making, travelling and all food experiences the world has to offer, her Welsh heritage is finding its way in London.'