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The Significant Other Festival

  • The Vaults Leake Street London, England, SE1 7NN United Kingdom (map)

MAR 14 - MAR 18

Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm, matinee 2.30pm on Saturday, 90 mins



The Pensive Federation are proud to present the 6th Significant Other Festival, this year at the Vaults under Waterloo Station, giving them their biggest stage ever. For the sixth time, they will present 10 new 10 minute plays, including a new musical, created in just 10 days.

The Significant Other Festival is an attempt to explore relationships and our connections with the people around us in more detail, and to really celebrate modern relationships. We start with the theme of the significant other: colloquially used as a gender-blind term for a person's partner in an intimate relationship without disclosing or presuming anything about marital status, relationship status, or sexual orientation. We ask 10 writers to create a 10 minute play in 5 days with this theme in mind. We then hand the scripts over to a director and a company of 3 actors and give them 5 days to stage it. Every year we now add a further theme and stimulus, previous themes have included, genre, undercover (which gave us 10 different bed covers) and object of affection. This year our added theme is conditions.

The Pensive Federation are a small theatre company who have a shared aspiration in theatre which reflects people like you, situations you may have faced and reflective of the ordinary world around you. They strive to create accessible work that examines the hopes, fears and dreams that live in all of us; the need for a connection with those around us, the instinct to love and the desire to be loved, to be seen in the world and acknowledged for the person you are and not the labels you wear. 

The Federation are now in their 5th anniversary year of bringing their special brand of collectively devised and created theatre to London – including the Collective Project, the Significant Other Festival and their new Rewritten project, which asks writers to develop new work from an original 5 page script. 


★★★★★ “The Pensive Federation have reaffirmed their position as one of the most exciting new writing companies” Views From the Gods

★★★★ “I’m sure there was blood, sweat and tears putting this show together, but the team’s talent and hard work make it look easy” Female Arts

★★★★ “an intriguing evening of intelligence and ingenuity” Grumpy Gay Critic


Earlier Event: March 8
Wisdom of a Fool
Later Event: March 14