An LGBT+ Festival
This February to mark the launch of LGBT+ History Month and fifty years since the Sexual Offences Act, Omnibus the multi-arts venue and theatre in South London, Clapham, dedicates a week to an eclectic programme of thought-provoking events including theatre, music, talks, comedy, film shorts and visual arts.
– Stamp. Produced by Spunglass Theatre, renowned for their bold, authentic and affecting narratives, this riotous, award-nominated play won rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe for ripping up the rule book, tackling gender politics and the everyday traumas and triumphs of romantic love. After having debuted in early 2016 at VAULT Festival, London audiences will now have another chance to catch this two night run.
Then Singer-songwriter Jessica Walker promises to transport Omnibus’ audience to the Weimar dives of the 1920s Berlin, the nightclubs of 1930s Paris and the music halls of Britain and America. Forbidden Love is a cabaret night celebrating illicit same-sex desire. Originally trained in mainstream opera as a Mezzo Soprano, Walker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has carved a successful career touring her original pieces and new arrangements around the world.
JESSICA WALKER: FORBIDDEN LOVE, Wednesday, 8 Feb, 7.30pm, £12, £10 conc.
Songstress Jessica Walker described by the New York Times as a gifted chanteuse, presents a provocative evening of gay love songs in times of repression, in her uniquely androgynous performance style, accompanied by piano and accordion.
OUT OF SIGHT, Thursday 9 Feb 7.30pm, £5.
Iron Hoof Productions present an extract of writer David Dandridge’s new play New Cross Spartacus, which explores the displacement and isolation of older gay men amid the increasing gentrification of once overlooked areas of London. This will be followed by a post-show talk with the creative team and LGBT+ activists past and present.
STAMP, Thursday 9 – Friday 10 Feb, 9.30pm, £12, £10 conc.
Hosted by the love-child of Sandi Toksvig and Frank N Furter, Spunglass Theatre’s Stamp is a joyous, irreverent experience that flies in the face of gender rules and embraces chaos, humour and heckling.
QUEER SHORTS, Friday 10 Feb, 7.30pm, £5
Whip out your most sparkly attire for a night of thought-shaking filmmaking. Stick around for a post-show panel discussion with artists and creatives.
ROSIE WILBY: THE CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING, Sat 11th Feb, 7.30pm, £12, £10 conc.
In an increasingly serially monogamous society, we all face the possibility of more serious breakups in a lifetime than ever before. Comedian turned theatre-maker Rosie Wilby interweaves a rich, romantic narrative about two people connecting and disconnecting, and the visits of three ghosts from our romantic future, past and present. Described by Female Arts as a show that goes from “Hilarious to heart-wrenching”.
SISTERHOOD, Running throughout February, FREE EXHIBITION
A free exhibition of art working across different mediums curated by Omnibus resident artist Marc Wayland.