Perception Festival 2017 banner - A festival About Going Against the Tide
What inspires us to not conform, take chances, make radical choices and find a new tribe? This October, we’re hosting a festival of vibrant drama, music and debate that examines what it means to step outside the box.
Explore the uncertainty, rebellion and bravery of going against the tide. What will you bring to the debate?

 

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THE OVERCOAT

Wed 4 – Fri 6 Oct, 7.30pm

Hilarious and brutal, Scandal and Gallows are back with a new staging of Nikolai Gogol’s famous short story.

 

★★★★
‘Well and truly riveting
The Sunday Times

£12 | £10 conc.

WHERE DO ALL THE DEAD PIGEONS GO?

Sat 7 Oct, 7.30pm

Scott Turnbull takes us on a journey through space and time in this weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairytale and farce.

‘As a meditation on loneliness and the power of fantasy, it’s a great success.
The Stage

£12 | £10 conc.

OMNIBUS THEATRE FUN PALACE

Sat 7 – Sun 8 Oct, 11am – 4pm.

Our Actors Alive scientists launch the weekend with a bang with their immersive show. Science relies on those brave enough to be revolutionary and to go against the word of the day. Get stuck into experiments and maybe even sample some themed refreshments in our new cafe-bar.

Free Event | All Ages

MOSAIC

Sun 8 Oct, 7.30pm

Led by 2015 Kenny Wheeler prize winner Ralph Wyld, Mosaic blend elements of contemporary jazz and chamber music in exciting and unexpected ways.

 

£12 | £10 conc.

A DANGEROUS WOMAN

Wed 11 – Thu 12 Oct, 7.30pm

The story of one woman’s struggle to carve her own path in a family of six women.  This new play explores what happens when you challenge conformity and make your voice heard.

★★★★
‘Touching and poignant
Behind the Arras (for Flying Solo)

£12 | £10 conc.

THE FROG PRINCESS PUNKED

Fri 13 Oct, 7.30pm

Sally Pomme Clayton and the swamp girls embark on a provocative collaboration, combining girl punk, spoken word and demonic drums.It’s gonna be loud! Adults only!

£12 | £10 conc.

SCHUTTE THE UNROMANTIC

Sat 14 Oct, 7.30pm

A comic solo show written and performed by Katy Schutte. This is the story of her trying to find love despite freezing up at chocolates, serenades and thoughtful surprises.

 

★★★★★
Broadway Bady (for Happily Never After)

£12 | £10 conc.

BEETHOVEN'S QUARTET JOURNEY

Sun 15 Oct, 4pm

Actor David Timpson in this thrilling concert-drama, with Dante Quartet performing all three of Beethoven’s great ‘Razumonvsky’ Quartets.

 

£15 | £12 | £5 for under 25’s

MARY AND ME

Tue 17 – Thu 19 Oct, 7.30pm

An original and sometimes humorous imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding, in a conversation with the Virgin Mary.

 

★★★★
‘It’s many writer’s dream to have their first play be as good as this
Broadway Baby

£12 | £10 conc.

I'M UNIQUE...JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE

Fri 20 Oc, 7.30pm

Omnibus Theatre collaborates with theatre makers Rachael Black and Naomi Joseph in an evening that celebrates individuality. Join us for an evening of theatre, film and spoken word as we explore conforming and rebelling in today’s world.

£10 | £8 conc.

I WALK IN YOUR WORDS

Sat 21 Oct, 7.30pm

This funny and poignant piece of verbatim theatre challenges cultural stereotyping and addresses the important issues pervading modern society. Hear true stories of identity that are all at once tender and funny.

 

 

£12 | £10 conc.

JESSE SEBASTIAN FLAMENCO

Sun 22 Oct, 4pm

Jess Sebastian returns as part of Perception Festival with special guests for no less than the fifth time. Flamenco is music on the edge. It is passion only just contained by form. It is wild, subversive and elemental. A fight to the death in music and dance.

 

£10 | £5 under 25’s

A CRACKED PLASTER SKY

Tue 24 – Sat 28 Oct, 7.30pm

Inspired by real stories of women working in street prostitution, A Cracked Plaster Sky tells the irreverent and at times painfully amusing story of Grace and the voice inside her head. Told over 70 years, the story strips to the bone a fleshy raw life and an entire generation and their dreams. It proposes a different way of being. It reveals other shining universes.

 

★★★★
‘Essential watching
The Independent (for A Bogus Woman, written by Kay Adshead).

£15 | £12 conc.