The Immersive Theatre Experience in a London Shipping Container

Discover this immersive theatre experience in a shipping container at the VAULT festival, London.

20 minutes in the dark with 20 strangers. Something’s bound to happen…

Immersive theatre in London is having its heyday with a bunch of mediocre pop-ups and a lack of actual epic performances BUT Séance, created by theatre company Darkfield, is probs worth a go. 

At £7.50 for 20 minutes, you’re not getting a bargain but you are getting an experience worth more than half a boujee cocktail in the city. So, welcome to your second instalment of London Living and here’s what happened when 5 pals got locked in the dark, in a shipping container with 20 strangers.

What is it CJ?

What actually is it?

Yeah, good question. So basically every year the underground of Waterloo station is home to one of London’s biggest theatre festivals, VAULT festival. The festival hosts over 400 shows and 2,000 artists in a variety of venues around the area. One of the shows that’s on at the moment is Séance. 

Now, I probably should have looked up what the word Séance meant before we went buuuuuttttt whatever it’s all fun and games. For those who are dumb like me, a Séance is ‘a meeting at which people attempt to make contact with the dead’ HA GREAT, GOOD ONE JEN.

C’mon Jen, enough of the chat, what happened?

So there we are, certainly not ready and I mean, not waiting to make contact with the dead and the lady who brings us round to the shipping container stops to give us a warning. HUH?

She babbles on with a little welcome speech, which soon turns into a:


Sorry, but what is going on?! 

VAULT festival Séance Show Guide
Nice lady coming through with those warnings

My pals CJ and Luke are ahead of me like giddy school boys, I’m there with my below average video skills as we enter the container. My other two pals, Connor and Arj are behind me but the dickheads have all sat on one side, leaving me to fend for myself, alone on the other.

It smells musty but bearable. There’s a table in the middle and what look like old cinema seats lining either side. Above the seats are a set of headphones for everyone. We’re instructed to put them on and the nice lady leaves. There’s a man five seats down who had his hands placed on the table, keeno must have watched the trailer or something as 30 seconds later we’re instructed to place our hands on the table, loser. 

The lights go down, it’s pitch black and someone enters the container. The door slams shut behind them and it turns out we are all there to summon a dead spirit –– a cushty Thursday night. 

A man’s voice booms through your ear, people start climbing onto the table as your fingers curl in to avoid their feet but you don’t dare take your hands off the table or the spirit will take over. One by one, someone is plucked from the audience and invited to ‘believe’ in the spirit. A pulsating, salivating, whisper echoes silently in your ear as you uncomfortably sink your neck down into your body. Then, the spirit attempts to enter you. 

BUT HOLD ON FELLAS, none of it’s real. Darkfield have cleverly manipulated the use of sound and movement that it forces you to question what’s really there and what isn’t. It’s certainly no Punchdrunk, Secret Cinema or You Me Bum Bum Train affair (yeah, I know my London based immersive theatre bitch) but it’s definitely an interesting experience. Maybe someone did come in and slam the door shut? Maybe someone did really cause the table to vibrate? Whatever you choose to believe, this is an intense 20 minute experience. 

Arj, what YOU sayin

The lights come up and everyone does that slight awkward smile towards each other as you do with strangers. Then a raucous laughter bursts through. Why? Remember what I just said about not taking your hands off the table, yeah CJ and Arj are the only people who did. Literal strangers are laughing at them hahaha. Worth noting this show is for age 12+…

We make our way out of the container, every other person in the group starts talking about it as the five of us rush to retrieve the bottles of wine we left at a bar 2 seconds down the road, priorities innit.

Down the tunnel and…
To the bar we go

Worth it then?

If you’re looking for something a bit different to do that won’t break ya bank then definitely hit up VAULT festival. There’s tons of shows to choose from and you can take some sick photos, enjoy some food and sink some bevs in Leake Street Tunnel, where the festival is located. 

Got any questions, hit me up. Want to go to a show but have no one to go with? Don’t ask me, find someone else. 

I’M JOKING, for sure I’d love to go, just shoot me a message. Details and more pics/vids below, check it outttttt.

In a bit xo

Leake Street Tunnel Wall, Waterloo, London
Leake Street Tunnel – hella insta worthy
I mean, we just couldn’t edit it, could we
Séance at VAULT Festival in Waterloo, London.
Creepy creepy creepy
Intensely enjoying a photo shoot in Leake Street Tunnel
Another one…

Girl in front of graffiti wall in Leake Street Tunnel, Waterloo, London.
AND another one


What? Séance @ VAULT Festival

Where? Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7AD

When? 23 Jan – 17 March 2019

How much? £7.50


Find Chicago Style Pizza in London

Trying out the basic bitch stuff so you don’t have to.

Click to see where you can find Chicago style pizza in London!

Welcome to the first instalment of ‘London Living’ with ya gal Jen. Given that I’m strapped for cash and won’t be travelling until the summer, I thought this would be the perfect way to keep you entertained with the blogs.

I will be doing all the basic bitch stuff in London so that you don’t have to waste your money based on the views of one viral video. I’m a loser who doesn’t get paid for any of this so you can trust my opinions are real; I just LOVE the blog.

OK THEN, let’s get to it. Japes in Soho, was it worth it?

In a nutshell, no.

BUT hold on, don’t stop reading.

Lemme tell you what Japes is probably the perfect environment for. You know when you’re wandering around London and nobody can decide where to eat. You don’t want to go to a chain but you also don’t want to go somewhere super spenny and you kind of want to look ‘edgy’ –– whatever that means ???. Well yeah… it’s that vibe.

And when I said ‘edgy’ I mean as edgy as a circle. No edge. Nada. Just the pure essence of basic. It’s a typical restaurant in Soho who has tried to come up with an insta-worthy concept in the form of Chicago style deep dish pizza in London. I mean I guess it’s kind of working given that I’m blogging about it? But I mean, seriously, who even reads this?

Nevertheless, I am committed to telling you the truth about my dining experience rather than simply leaving you with a poor man’s advert for a pizza place (see vid above).

‘Twas a dreary Tuesday afternoon and pizza was my calling. I love pizzas like I love my thighs, thiccccc (lol shut up Jen) so thought this deep-dish den could be my place.

Walked in and some guy comes over who sort of looks like he has somewhere better to be but you know for sure he absolutely doesn’t and needs that cash just like the rest of us. He has one of those SoundWave tattoos that plays actual music. His look is the style we all love to hate but secretly envy.

He takes our order in the driest way possible and 20 mins later I am presented with much of the opposite. This juicy/watery/scrumptious/watery/saucy/watery/mind-blowing/watery pizza.

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V. watery, c’mon now

I mean… it’s not great is it. The pizza actually tasted alright but was let down by the fact it seemed to be drenched in a watery sauce. The highlight of my main course was that it was presented on your own personal Lazy Susan.

I heard they were good for waffles so decided to split a waffle with my pal, Dom. Now this, THIS I could get behind. We went for a “petite” waffle and I’m telling you that’s deffo enough between two after you’ve been balls deep in their pizzas. The waffle redeemed the meal as did their home-made ice cream.

All in all, if you’re looking for a quick bite and enjoy deep dish pizza then go to Japes. I had a sit-down lunch with a desert for a sweet, round £15, which is alright, no?

If you end up going let me know and if there are any hypes in London you want me to try go ahead and message me. I’ll sacrifice the little ps that I have so you don’t end up wasting yours.

In a bit xo