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Whatever Happened to Vandal Raptor

By Vandal Factory. Directed by Natalie Quatermass

Punk poet Henry Raby celebrates 40 Years of Punk Rock by breathing life into the spiky spirit of resistance.

This event is part of the FiRST BiTES season
  • Thu 26 Apr – Sat 28 Apr, 7:45pm

Venue: Upstairs

Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs theatre is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.

Sometimes you’ve just got to get out there and do something.  Henry Raby has spent the last 10 years writing punk poetry for gigs, festivals, protests, picketlines and occupations.  Henry has joined forces with director Natalie Quatermass to create the spikey story-telling show Whatever Happened To Vandal Raptor? 

Whatever Happened To Vandal Raptor? uses poetry, spoken word and terrible (but tenacious) live music to tell the tale of a fictional band called Vandal Raptor.  Anti-commercial, uncompromising, and ever-snarling, the teenagers in Vandal Raptor thought they would change the world one gig at a time.    Inevitably the group breaks up and the 3-chord wonders go their separate ways. Our story finds them 10 years later accidentally reunited and Occupying their old stomping ground, The New Rose pub.  Will they put the band back together? What stands between them and their youthful ideals? Is punk dead?!

Currently touring the UK, the show has visited a pop-up theatre in an old office space in Durham and the legendary booze-soaked music venue, the New Adelphi Club, in Hull.  In Bristol the show played at the workers co-operative Hydra Bookshop, before finally hitting Derby Theatre and Harrogate Theatre.  Vandal Factory are excited to finish this UK tour in the heartland of punk rock in London.

“A perfect demonstration of a performance as protest” ★★★★★ - Broadway Baby

  • Thu 26 Apr, 7:45pm
  • Fri 27 Apr, 7:45pm
  • Sat 28 Apr, 7:45pm

Additional information

BOOK LAUNCH! Friday 27th April 9:15pm

Nerd Punk is an anthology of poems collecting 10 years of political, heartfelt and sharp spoken word.  Stories of friendship, growing up, cartoons and comics sit beside protest poetry, feminism and anarchism. And nerdism.

To celebrate the release of Nerd Punk, Henry will perform a free set of poems post-show (once he's caught his breath). Click here to book your FREE ticket.

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