Do not miss LGBTQ+ Festival 96 at Omnibus Theatre

A month-long LGBTQ+ festival kicks off on February 1 at the Omnibus theatre. The 96 Festival, billed as a celebration of progress, achievement and possibility, will see four weeks of theatre and music performed at the Clapham Common venue. Events include Drag Me To Love, a three-person autobiographical show featuring drag performance, and a concert by The Pink Singers, the longest running LGBTQ+ choir in Europe. According to organisers, the festival celebrates a “massive coming together” of people on Clapham Common in 1996 for an after party following that year’s Pride march through London. Omnibus Theatre Artistic Director Marie McCarthy said: “96 Festival is a wonderful celebration of our connection to the Common and its historical links to the LGBTQ+ community. It’s an opportunity to reflect from what’s happened since 1996 and where we are now and beyond.”

Full Programme

Sat 10, 1-5pm Afternoon Readings In Association with LGBTQ+ Arts Review
Sat 10, 9pm Ideally I’d Be Me
Sun 11, 7.30pm Queertet
Fri 16, 9pm HIP
Sun 18, 10.30pm & 2pm Once Upon A City
Sun 18, 7.30pm Gildas Quartet

Fri 23, 9pm The Other Team
Sat 24, 9pm Hotter
Sun 25, 7.30pm Tell Me The Truth About Love
Mon 26 – 28, 7.30pm Stella Duffy – Learning to Swim In The Abyss

Listings in detail
Fri 9, 9pm                

Written and performed by Georgia Bruce, this new show incorporates drag and musical comedy. It takes the traditional character comedy formula, queers it up,
shakes it up and adds a healthy dose of Dolly Parton for good measure.

£6 For ages 12+

Sat 10 Feb 1pm – 5pm Afternoon Readings in association with LGBTQ

Arts Review

Editor Amie Taylor and co-producer Ellie Keele present an afternoon of readings of exciting new work by vibrant artists at various stages of development. Come along to hear the work in a relaxed, informal atmosphere and give us your thoughts.
Free Entry

Sat 10, 9pm         

Ideally I’d Be Me
Being you sounds nice but we don’t know who you are. Or who we are for that matter. Theatre-makers Hal Coase and Mary Higgins present readings of some new(ish) poems and maybe monologues about desire, doubt, and what they might have to say to each other.

£6 For ages 12+

Sun 11, 7.30pm    

The Queertet brings together a collection of London’s finest LGBTQ+ musicians to present a unique evening celebrating everything queer about jazz. Featuring the talents of special guest star Ian Shaw, they will explore the works of LGBTQ+ composers and musicians through the years.

£12 | £10 | £5 under 25s

Fri 16, 9pm          


A Brighton flat caught between two timelines. Jolie Booth welcomes you into her squat in 2002, before transporting you away in space and time to the home of Anne Clarke during 70s Bohemian Brighton. A semi-autobiographical one-woman show based around found objects.

£12 | £10 For ages 16+

Sun, 18 10.30pm & 2pm              

Once Upon A City (Family)
Follow the story of one brilliant princess and the friends she meets along her journey. Bring your imagination as you help build the story, creating unexpected twists, eccentric characters and magical moments. All welcome, an especially inclusive tale for LGBTQ+ families.

£9 | £7 For ages 4-7

Sun, 18, 7.30pm                               

Gildas Quartet
Four distinctly juxtaposed voices of a quartet, featuring work from LGBTQ+ composers Britten and Ades, followed by Janacek, full of themes of jealousy, love and deception.

£12 | £10 | £5 under 25s

Fri, 23, 9pm         

The Other Team
Jessy and Nicholas are big gays. Well, Nicholas is big, Jessy is quite little. But they are still grown up gays. They feel like they’ve been there, done that, got the queershirt. The hard part is done, whoever they were before can be forgotten. Life, love and YOU start at coming out. Someone said that. Could have sworn it. Right?

£12 | £10 conc. For ages 14+

Sat 24, 9pm               


Intimate and rude, two women launch a laughing crusade around the question “What gets you hot?” through sketch theatre, song and dance. Prepare to sweat, blush, and boogie.

£12 | £10 For ages 14+

Sun 25, 7.30pm            

Tell Me The Truth About Love (SUNDAY MUSIC)
A new play by Sue Blundell that celebrates the relationship between the composer Benjamin Britten and his long-term partner Peter Pears. Two actors, six musicians and one opera singer tell the story in a fascinating combination of live music and dynamic physical theatre.

£12 | £10 | £5 under 25s

Mon 26 – 28, 7.30 pm       

Learning to Swim in the Abyss
An improvised solo show about life and death, grief and joy, and making some sense of the space in between. It’s not rehearsed, it’s not written, it will be very live and about process as much as product – quite a lot like life.

£12 | £10 For ages 14+

Listings information:

Box Office: Tel: 020 7498 4699,

Email: boxoffice@omnibus-clapham.org
Online: www.omnibus-clapham.org
Address: Omnibus Theatre, 1 Northside, Clapham Common, London, SW4 0QW

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