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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VANDAL RAPTOR?: Vandal Factory theatre company

A story of rebellion and DIY told with punk poetry and three chords

Vandal RaptorVandal Factory are an emerging theatre company dedicated to dragging the punk ethos kicking and screaming into the world of theatre and story-telling.  They are about to embark on a UK-wide tour with their radical new work visiting theatre venues and DIY spaces.  Vandal Factory’s work not only explores DIY ideas, but they also practise what they preach.  Their work is about resistance and rebellion, friendship, community and rethinking space.

Their debut show, Whatever Happened To Vandal Raptor? is a high-energy and passionate production celebrating theatre, spoken word, storytelling and live music delivered with a character-driven narrative and anarchic force.

In 2016, punk poet Henry Raby visited the British Library’s exhibition on punk which presented the genre as a packable relic.  To kick back, Henry celebrates 40 Years of Punk Rock by breathing hot fiery breath into the spiky spirit of resistance.

Henry tells the tale of a fictional band called Vandal Raptor, the best dinosaur-themed punk band you’ve never heard of.  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, now in their late 20s, accidentally reunited and Occupying their old stomping ground, The New Rose pub.  How have the bandmates changed?  Will they put the band back together? What stands between them and their youthful ideals? Is punk dead?

Whatever Happened to Vandal Raptor? invokes the gritty spittle of Sid Vicious and the heartfelt spirit of Joe Strummer, as well as drawing influence from contemporary performance styles.  The driving narrative is inspired by the story-telling forms of Mark Thomas and Daniel Kitson, with the urgent performance style of modern poets such as Kate Tempest and alternative lyricists like Jason Williamson.

Written and performed by Henry Raby.  Henry has been in love with punk music since a teenager, drawn to not only the rage but also sense of do-it-yourself community.  It’s punk music, amongst many other genres, that has fuelled a sense of resistance after 8 years of austerity.  Henry wanted to tell a story about how art and community can inspire people to take action, whether picking up a guitar or picking up a placard.

Henry is a punk poet who has performed across the UK from festivals to front rooms, from schools and Libraries to anti-fracking sites and anti-cuts rallies.  He’s supported legends such as John Cooper Clarke and Attila The Stockbroker and draws influence from modern slam poetry scenes, guttural hardcore attitudes and the recent wave of community-driven activism.  In his hometown of York, Henry has been a key component of a thriving local punk DIY scene, promoting gigs and supporting bands.

Directed by Natalie Quatermass.  In 2015 Natalie worked with The Freedom Theatre, Palestine and experienced the potential Art has to be a tool of resistance. Since then she has been focusing on creating her own theatre, with politically engaged artists such as Henry. ‘I wish to explore how a thought-provoking piece of theatre can become an action inspiring piece of theatre, and play with the boundaries between protest and performance. In the last 6 months the west has seen hundreds of people take to the streets, often for the first time. As artists it is our duty to articulate this growing resistance’.


Suggested for ages 15+ due to strong language.







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