Event Calendar

We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; the organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your own information only.
Feb
19
Tue
96 FESTIVAL LAUNCH @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm
96 FESTIVAL LAUNCH @ Omnibus Theatre

This year 96 Festival is launching with an informal conversation between artists, makers, creators, performers, activists, and anyone interested in sharing their viewpoint on the changing landscape of art and LGBTQIA+ issues. How can art enact positive change in our communities?

For our first hangout of the festival, chaired by Omnibus Theatre’s Artistic Director Marie McCarthy, we’re thrilled to welcome founder of UK Black Pride, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah; Board Director of GLAAD and Diva Magazine publisher Linda Riley; actor in The Danish Girl and Colette, Rebecca Root; chair of Stonewall UK, Jan Gooding; Co-founder of Stonewall and former MEP, Lord Michael Cashman; producer of The Cocoa Butter Club – the queer collective celebrating Performers of Colour – Cassie Leon; and writer, producer, podcaster and theatre-maker Nemo Martin.

They’ll explore how queer communities experience divides around class, ability, race and gender and how art can bring us together in shared moments of connection. How can we reinvent queer activism?

The conversation will be facilitated but unscripted. Come to participate in the conversation or just listen and observe, we are open.

After the conversation, artists from 96 Festival’s glittering programme will take to the stage, sharing snippets of dance, theatre, and cabaret as the debate ascends into a late-night party where we encourage further conversation, merrymaking and coming together.

This is a free event; please RSVP below.

Feb
20
Wed
THE ‘OTHER’ FRIENDS OF CLAPHAM COMMON @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm
THE 'OTHER' FRIENDS OF CLAPHAM COMMON @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by And What? Queer. Arts. Festival, HB&Co and Omnibus Theatre

The ‘Other’ Friends of Clapham Common is a new commission by And What? Queer. Arts. Festival, HB&Co and Omnibus Theatre. It is an app-based binaural sound experience that explores some of the past and current histories of Clapham Common as a Cruising ground. The soundtrack takes you on a journey onto Clapham Common while listening to a piece constructed from interviews with people who have and still do use Clapham Common. These memoirs are interweaved with atmospheric surround-soundscapes and include a newly commissioned poem by Gerry Potter. The Other Friends of Clapham Common is about unearthing forgotten or unheard narratives, it is about community and changes in Cruising, it is about being outdoors, technology, public space, and sex.

And What? and HB&Co would like to thank Omnibus Theatre for its support in reaching its local Cruising Community, to David Dandridge for his time and connections, and all other participants/interviewees who have shared their memories and experiences.

To enjoy The Other Friends of Clapham Common merely download the FREE app (www.andwhatfest.com), and at your leisure take a trip to Omnibus Theatre’s box office during its opening hours for further instructions. You will need a phone with the app ready loaded, enough battery and some headphones. Your journey will take no longer than 1 hour, but remember it will take you outside, so wear suitable clothing!

Usually available daily 10-1800 during Omnibus opening hours (please check Omnibus Theatre website for hours).

Republica @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 8:30 pm
Republica @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by Juan Carlos Otero, Keir Cooper and Lola Rueda
In collaboration with Emma Franklin
Part of 96 Festival at Omnibus Theatre.
Republica is an energetic and sexy lament for the untold story of the Spanish Revolution, as seen through the eyes of a stripper, a flamenco dancer and a punk guitarist.
Inspired by the historical events that immediately precede the Spanish Civil War, Republica celebrates the achievements and ideals of The Second Republic (1931-1936). This period represents the most extreme of social and political transitions, from feudal monarchist dictatorship to arguably the most progressive government ever. With the rise of divisive politics across the world, this show promises to forever break The Pact of Forgetting and is a timely examination of the last time the idealist actually won.
Republica is a multi-disciplined and frenetic deconstruction of history brought to you by Juan Carlos Otero, Keir Cooper and Lola Rueda in collaboration with Emma Frankland.
★★★★ The Guardian on Don Quijote
★★★★ “A whirlwind of joyous disintegration” Time Out on Don Quijote

THE MORNING AFTER THE LIFE BEFORE @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm
THE MORNING AFTER THE LIFE BEFORE @ Omnibus Theatre

A groggy Sunday morning, May 24th, 2015 as 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother: “How’s the morning after the life before?”

Gúna Nua presents the internationally acclaimed and multi-award-winning, The Morning After The Life Before. A personal, entertaining tale of weddings, ‘coming out’ and arguments over who takes out the bins.

Written by Ann Blake, directed by Paul Meade, performed by Ann Blake and Lucia Smyth, The Morning After The Life Before is a light-hearted, playful telling of a true story. Be prepared for music, cake, and equality.

Winner of Best Actress (Lucia Smyth) and Best Director (Paul Meade) | Origin First Irish Festival, New York, 2019

Winner of Best Production | London Ontario Fringe 2017

Winner of The Centaur Award: Best English Language Production | Montreal Fringe 2017

Nomination LGBTQ+ Award | Brighton Fringe 2018

Nominated for Best Production, Best Playwright (Ann Blake) and Best Actress (Ann Blake) | Origin First Irish Festival, New York, 2019

Feb
22
Fri
Love conquers hate – Basildon LGBTQI+ history month event @ Colors nightclub
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Love conquers hate - Basildon LGBTQI+ history month event @ Colors nightclub

A free event that explores the theme of history and what that means for LGBTQI+ people who live, work and visit Basildon. It looks at the history of Basildon and why ‘love conquers hate’ is an important part of Basildon’s LGBTQI+ history. This event celebrates that we are unique and diverse individuals.

THE COCOA BUTTER CLUB @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 22 @ 9:00 pm
THE COCOA BUTTER CLUB @ Omnibus Theatre

The Cocoa Butter Club presents a one-off Queer Cabaret showcasing and celebrating performers of colour, from neo-burlesque and poetry, to drag, hoops and voguing.

February can be hard so come and let your hair down and celebrate QTIPOC at our best!!!

Lotion up, baby, because Sadie Sinner The Songbird will bring you a night bold enough to have you screaming ‘yaaaaas queen, smell like cocoa butter up in hurr!’

Feb
23
Sat
TINY LGBTQ+ SHOWS @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
TINY LGBTQ+ SHOWS @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by The Larder

William Faulkner advised writers: “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”

Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows is all about taking chances. A building full of LGBTQ+ theatre-makers will spontaneously create tons of tiny little pieces of theatre, with people they have probably only just met.

The spontaneity of the process is what makes this a great opportunity to experiment and try a new technique, new process, or even a new craft: writers perform, performers direct, directors write.

Using Harrison Owen’s ‘Open Space Technology’, a method by which large groups can self-organize, a great diversity of both experience and material is created. Participants walk in with nothing prepared, except a willingness to be surprised by what might happen; by the end of the second day, we are a creative collective offering a selection of tiny handmade confections to a roaming audience.

In essence, Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows is a celebration of collaboration, connection, and creativity.

“Exhausting, frenzied, funny, touching, human, daring, experimenting, ukulele-ing, sweating. laughing, encouraging, love, respect, celebration, and whatever the word is for when you think you’re going to be frightened and nervous and useless and then it just doesn’t happen like that and everything is amazing.” – previous Tiny Shows participant.

Content warning: devised, improvised work may spontaneously include sexual content and diverse triggers.

Feb
24
Sun
THE DIARIES OF A MISERABLE UNICORN @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
THE DIARIES OF A MISERABLE UNICORN @ Omnibus Theatre

Sometimes it can be hard work being a unicorn, as Dusty only knows too well. Join us in this interactive storytelling session, to see if you can help cheer up the most miserable unicorn in town. Stay after to make your very own unicorn to take home.

LGBTQ+ Social and Open Mic @ Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
LGBTQ+ Social and Open Mic @ Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre

An invitation calling all LGBTQ+ identified creatives, artists and theatre makers in Exeter.

A new creative platform in collaboration with Exeter Phoenix, initiated by playwright Natalie McGrath is happening on Sunday 24th February as part of LGBTQ+ History Month. It will be in the Workshop space between 6-8pm.

Do you identify as LGBTQ+?
Are you creative?
Want to meet and collaborate with other LGBTQ+ Artists and theatre makers in a safe space?

There will be a mic and stand in the room so if anyone wants to share any short extracts of work you can. But no pressure.

It’s a pilot to see if there is any interest.

Any questions you can direct message Natalie via Twitter @NatLMcG

Feb
26
Tue
ENGINE ROOM @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
ENGINE ROOM @ Omnibus Theatre

Dynamic and talented theatre-makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

Be part of the conversation.

LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm
LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by Critical Mass and Paul Virides Productions. Written and directed by Sarah Chew

So, I live with this geeky, kind of brilliant boy.

Every night, the clock chimes midnight and this boy turns into the most beautiful woman in  all the world.

It’s gorgeous.

Just, it’s a fairytale.

And that makes me scared that it’s bollocks.

London, Summer 2010. Orla and Mark cordially invite you to the grand opening of their fabulous new drag bar.

There’s one problem. Orla has just returned from witnessing a failed revolution. By accident.

Part theatre, part drag cabaret, Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran is a story of rage, redemption and  weaponised  whimsy, which straddles Tehran, Derry, and London.

Artwork credit Flavia Fraser Cannon

Mar
2
Sat
WRITING ON THE BODY @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WRITING ON THE BODY @ Omnibus Theatre

How do we use bodies to tell stories when there are no more words? Choreographer Camille Jetzer and Iranian journalist Maryam Violet explore testimonies of female Iranian political prisoners. Come and be encouraged to physicalize responses to activist narratives, and explore how dance and movement can engage with other’s stories in a non-linguistic way.

Please wear clothes and shoes you are comfortable to move in.

*This event is presented in association with Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran, which runs 26th Feb -24th March at Omnibus Theatre. Ticket holders will receive a £5 discount on tickets purchased for Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran.

Mar
7
Thu
TOPSIE REDFERN & FRIENDS @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 7 @ 9:45 pm – Mar 21 @ 9:45 pm
TOPSIE REDFERN & FRIENDS @ Omnibus Theatre

Join your hostess, drag superstar Topsie Redfern, for a variety night showcasing London’s most exciting cabaret talent.

“Topsie gives me chills… she has so much variety in her act it transcends to any stage.” Attitude Magazine

Mar
16
Sat
DRAWING ON THE BODY @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DRAWING ON THE BODY @ Omnibus Theatre

A guided figure drawing session exploring constructed personas and the processes of ‘dragging’, hosted by British artist Drucilla Burrell and Iranian artist Vahid Evanezzah. Drag queen Topsie Redfern and drag king Izzy Aman will transition between drag and their daily personas. Come with us behind the scenes and draw the process to explore the social rituals of femininity and masculinity.

 Basic art materials provided, but please feel free to bring your own.

*This event is presented in association with Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran, which runs 26th Feb -24th March at Omnibus Theatre. Ticket holders will receive a £5 discount on tickets purchased for Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran.

Mar
23
Sat
24/7 LIVE @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 23 @ 9:00 pm
24/7 LIVE @ Omnibus Theatre

Join British-Chinese pop artist LE FIL as he, she or it explores a 24/7 world of gay-straight men, desire and objectification through a fusion of gender-bending performance art, hip-thrusting dance, twisted autobiography and kaleidoscopic pop music from his Nightlife EP.

This pop-gig-with-extras opens its doors to cruising toilets, bad romances and the modern constructions of gender that package us up for consumption. Armed with killer hooks and queer looks, LE FIL is ready to smash gender stereotypes one song at a time.

Try before you buy folks, it’s open 24/7… how will you have yours?

Mar
25
Mon
ELF LYONS: CHIFFCHAFF @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm
ELF LYONS: CHIFFCHAFF @ Omnibus Theatre

CKP & InterTalent Group present: Elf Lyons: Chiffchaff

The Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee (Best Show 2017) presents her London debut of her one-woman musical about the economy. You read that right. Let’s get fiscal. The queen of clown is back and she’s making the dismal science fun with a whole orchestra and an Invisible Hand.

BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017.

Fringe World Best Comedy Show 2018 nominee.

British Vogue’s ’20 Names of Now’.