96 Festival ideas pitch

A spectacular celebration of queerness and theatre

atOmnibus Theatre

20 Feb – 31 Mar 2019

96 FESTIVALa no holds barred extravaganza of queerness and theatre, returns to Omnibus Theatre next year from 20 February to 24 March 2019. Events and performances setting up camp in the Clapham venue span the worlds of comedy, cabaret, drag, burlesque, theatre, music, art and activism. Headlining this month-long festival is writer and director Sarah Chew’s LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN, part theatre, part drag, a timely story of rage and redemption.

96 FESTIVAL was conceived in remembrance and celebration of the iconic Pride party on Clapham Common in 1996. This year the festival is being held in association with DIVA magazine.

Omnibus Theatre’s Artistic Director Marie McCarthy said: “I’m delighted that 96 Festival is back by popular demand, this time with glittering events that bring neo-burlesque, poetry, comedy, drag, dance, and voguing together for one spectacular celebration of queerness and theatre. The festival is poignantly headlined by Sarah Chew’s vital playLipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran, a fearless story that straddles Tehran, Derry and London.”

REPUBLICA and THE MORNING AFTER THE LIFE BEFORE are highlight productions that open the festival. REPUBLICAis a fusion of anarchic theatre and dance, presented by a trio of creatives including flamenco dancer and performance artist Juan Carlos Otero.Irish theatre company, Guna Nua’s play THE MORNING AFTER THE LIFE BEFORE presents a personal tale and experience of Ireland before and after the referendum on Marriage Equality. And don’t miss extraordinary fun-filled one-nighter’s in the shape of THE COCOA BUTTER CLUB and 24/7 LIVE.

LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN,the headline show, runs through the 96 Festivalfrom 26 Feb to 24 Mar. In 2010, just after the contested 2009 Iranian election, during riots urging the removal of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from office, writer/director Sarah Chew went to Iran on a theatre residency. The experience changed her life. Chew’s play is inspired by that time, driven by the passionate desire to address the rise in hard borders and cultural and ethnic exclusion – from a political and from a personal perspective. Cabaret, workshops and post-show talks have also been programmed as complementary events exploring the issues in the play. See the website for more details.

During the final week of the festival, award-winning comedian and theatre-maker Elf Lyons brings her sell out Edinburgh Fringe 2018 hit CHIFFCHAFF to London. Her one-woman show is about the economy, but not as you know it. The queen of clown and daughter of an economist is making the dismal science fun. BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. Fringe World Best Comedy Show 2018 nominee and also British Vogue’s ’20 Names of Now’. 


Wed 20 – Fri 22 Feb, 7.30pm Republica

Wed 20 – Fri 22 Feb 7.30pm The Morning After The Night Before

Fri 22 Feb 9pm The Cocoa Butter Club

Sat 23 – Sun 24 Feb LGBTQ+ Tiny Shows

Sun 24 Feb – 11am & 2pm The Diaries of a Miserable Unicorn

(For Families)

Tues 26 Feb – Sun 24 Mar, 7.30pm Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran

Sat 23 Mar – 9pm 24/7 Live

Mon 25 – 30, 7.30pm (excl Wed) ChiffChaff

Sun 31 Mar – 7.30pm Queertet

Listings information:

Please use this link online – https://www.omnibus-clapham.org/96-festival-2019/

Box Office: Tel: 020 7498 4699, Email: boxoffice@omnibus-clapham.org

Online: www.omnibus-clapham.org

Omnibus Theatre, 1 Northside, Clapham Common, London, SW4 0QW

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