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The Power Behind the Crone

Sunday 9th April, 7pm in the Music Room 

Alison Skilbeck will give a charity performance of her new one-woman show ‘The Power Behind The Crone’, a serio-comic celebration of Shakespeare’s older women, directed by Tim Hardy.  Alison has already been seen at Omnibus in ‘Are There More Of You?’ and ‘Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London’, and Tim in ‘The Trials of Galileo’ and ‘At The Mountains of Madness’.


In this new piece, Alison plays U3A Lecturer Professor Artemis Turret, who is let down by her famous actress chum Dame Bunti Smart, and is obliged to revive her own hidden theatrical talent and give her own interpretations of seven of Shakespeare’s older women, linked by her enthusiastic commentary…


This is not a ticketed event, but all proceeds on the night ( cash or cheque only ) will go to help the wonderful work of Sunera Foundation, which runs drama workshops for disabled people all over Sri Lanka.


Alison in a Trustee of Friends of Sunera Foundation, and has been to Sri Lanka many times to help. If you can come, do not contact Omnibus, but email When donating, bear in mind a typical £15 ticket price for Omnibus events – anything in excess most welcome. The show lasts just over an hour; there will be a bar!’

Find out more about Friends of Sunera Foundation on their website.


Joan Eardley: A Private View

Monday 5th June, 7.30pm, Theatre

Joan Eardley was an extraordinary painter who, quite simply, died before she had finished. As an artist she remains unsung. Best known in Scotland where she was not born; rarely heard of in England where she was.

Heroica Theatre Company – with the support of National Galleries Scotland and Stellar Quines Theatre Company – is creating a new journey for Joan Eardley: one which brings her back to new life, and follows her as she makes her way through joys and frustrations, friendships and solitary stretches, disillusionments and disappointments – as well as passions and triumphs.

This interactive promenade piece by Anna Carlisle- directed by Marilyn Imrie and starring Alexandra Mathie – will take you, quite literally, along with ‘Joan’ as she paints, ponders – and pursues her very unusual lifestyle. Meet her ‘children’, her friends and her lovers, hear the sounds of the streets and the Catterline coast and become a living part of her painting day.

The production tour of Joan Eardley: A Private View comes to you through the generous support of Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and random arts giving.

‘Photograph of Joan by Audrey Walker; courtesy of The Scottish Gallery’.

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