Vault Festival 2023: Side FX

Join Katie for a camp, chaotic show about the Pill. And Vampires.

About The Show

When it comes to contraception, things are better than they were – but that’s a low bar. Exploring all things hormonal, from the delightful to the unexpectedly dark, this is PhD research as you’ve never seen it before – drawing on interviews, autobiography, archival research, and a teenage Twilight obsession.

Seriously silly and based on real-life experiences, Side FX features musical comedy, poetry, games, and a dose of medical sexism. Be prepared for audience participation, bingo, lollipops and country singing.*

*Side Effects may include laughter, rage, and an aversion to ketchup.

KATIE PATERSON is a theatremaker pursuing a PhD at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her practice is informed by a queer feminist concern with lived experience, comedy, and the audience relationship. Her theatre work has been shown at the Barbican, Pleasance, Camden People’s Theatre, Theatre Deli, Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe, Maiden Speech and Waitress Festivals. Katie has given papers on her doctoral research at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and TaPRA. Katie’s research is supported by the Guildhall Arts and Health Studentship.


  • 18:30 Friday 10th February 2023
  • 14:30 Saturday 11th February 2023
  • 18:00 Saturday 11th February 2023
  • 18:00 Sunday 12th February 2023

 Age: 14+ // Admission: £11.50, £13.50

How to get there

  • Network Theatre
  • VAULT Festival, Studio, The Vaults, Leake Street London, SE1 7NN
  • Nearest tube and rail station is Waterloo (Exit 1).
  • Nearest bus stop is Bus Stop K on Lower Marsh or A on Westminster Bridge Road.
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Cast & Creative Team

Writer Performer: KATIE PATERSON
Associate Producer: LEXI CLARE
Stage Manager: CHAZ WEBB
Associate Director: JESSICA DALTON
Lighting Designer: TOM TURNER


VAULT Festival is the UK’s leading independent showcase of live performance and artistic talent; featuring thousands of sensational performances across Theatre, Comedy, & Live Entertainment, made by the most exciting and boldest artists of our time. Set in bespoke venues across the heart of Waterloo, the festival bursts to life for eight glorious weeks of joyous creativity; adding vibrance and colour to the otherwise dreary deep winter months. We’re the most accessible, sustainable, affordable, and welcoming performance festival in the UK. We value art and entertainment equally, creating a safe-space environment where artists and audiences feel welcome, surrounded by culture created by, and for, them.

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