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Carnival of Crows - #VAULTFestival2019 

13/02/2019 - 17/02/2019

The Vaults,
Leake Street,


Running Time : 1 hour


Show Details

Join Poppy and step into the dark, Victorian underworld of carnival sideshows. In a fiendish fusion of puppetry, poetry, macabre cabaret and comedy, we meet The Laudanum Sisters, their twisted boss and head showman Edward B. Friday, and delve into his menagerie of misfits, amusements and oddities. Secrets are unearthed as Poppy’s charming, yet disturbing tales unfold, leading us on a spiralling journey of horror and suspense, in this remarkable one woman show where there are no happy endings.


A Victorian thriller, based on original concepts by Molly Beth Morossa & Celyn Ebenezer.



Molly Beth Morossa is an award winning theatre-maker, writer, cabaret artist and goth based in London. She has written and produced 2 solo shows, Carnival of Crows (Winner Best Actress Award - Dark Chat 2012) and Greywing House (Winner Vault Festival Spirit Award 2017).

Most recently Morossa performed with Shotgun Carousel playing Aphrodite and Persephone in Divine Proportions (The Vaults, Sep 2018 - Jan 2019) and with Chivaree Circus in the smash hit show Becoming Shades, playing Charon the Ferryman, (Vaults Festival, Jan-Mar 2018). Working alongside Olivier Award winner Marisa Carnesky, Morossa appeared in Carnesky’s Tarot Drome (The Vaults, 2012, Latitude 2013) and in Dr Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman (Soho Theatre, 2016-17).

She was crowned Miss Ghostwood in the Miss Twin Peaks Pageant 2018, and regularly performs with the dark, Lynchian cabaret show The Double R Club. As well as and co-hosting The Night, a variety show with Crowley & Co., Morossa is one of the creative producers on Third Mind Production & Guerilla Zoo’s theatrical event The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball where she creates bespoke treasure hunts and otherworldly characters.


What the press say

"Filled with the freshness of Roald Dahl’s Rotten Rhymes and the nauseating monstrosity of Sweeney Todd... if gothic grisliness is right up your street then make your way to the carnival, if you dare!" - Three Weeks
“The stage is dark and gothic, the props a menagerie of twisted puppets and figures, and the music a constant thorn on your nerves. Combined, these make for a stunningly atmospheric setting for the show, but even they pale in comparison to the performance before our eyes. It is not simply a one-woman show because there is only one performer, it is a one-woman show because [Molly Beth Morossa] dominates it will skill and grace from start to finish... a true showcase of creepy genius at work." - Dark Chat, 5 stars

“Properly, sensationally good from start to finish... [Molly Beth Morossa] is utterly sublime... She embodies every facet of Poppy stunningly...It’s awesome!” - Fringe Guru, 4 stars






Suitable for ages 15+

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Venue Details

The Vaults,
Leake Street,

Eight unbelievable venues, three stylish bars and a top-notch restaurant, all hidden beneath Waterloo. From 6pm until the early hours, there’s nowhere else you need to be. Welcome to VAULT 2016

“The business model for the creative industries is broken. For every performer at Edinburgh working for nothing, read musician on Spotify or writer on the net. Providers of content make peanuts, while the controllers of the infrastructure… walk away with extraordinary profits. … How can we transfer some of the wealth grabbed by, say, hotels in Edinburgh and hand it to the people who generated it?”
Patrick Collinson, The Guardian, 29 / 8 / 15

We want VAULT Festival to be the people’s festival. For six weeks, join this carnival of experience, filled with entertainment and around every corner an unexpected adventure. From hard-hitting drama to outrageous comedy, from dance to late-night parties, VAULT takes in the bravest and best of the next generation of creators.

“It’s risky to bring a show [to Edinburgh Festival] that you know needs a lot of development in the faint hope that someone will spot a gold nugget and offer to help nurture it. In any case, if you are only here with something in the hope of catching someone’s eye, you are selling audiences short. They should be the people you really make the show for, not some producer who may or may not pitch up.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 20 / 8 / 15

We put up the flag here at the edge of theatreland, and gather acts & artists, bands & companies from all over to come and make something unforgettable. It’s their festival, and we’re inviting you to celebrate it with us.

We’re doing our best to reinvent the non-funded creative sector and make it sustainable for both the artist and the festival. What we give is space: to innovate, take risks and cooperate with each other. We don’t charge rent. We do take 30% of show box office, which goes some way – but not all the way towards covering our costs. In this way, Artists and Festival live or die together.
Come and see what the people have made: there’s a conversation every single night about where we go from here. There’s three great bars, fantastic food and enough entertainment to make the outside world irrelevant as long as our doors are open.


Halfway down Leake Street (the Graffiti Tunnel). Please do not go to the Launcelot Street entrance. The venue can be hard to find – please leave more time than you usually would.


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