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September 2016

Punk: The Originals

Wed 7 - Fri 30 Sep, 10am - 6pm (excl. Sundays)

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the punk movement, Omnibus are holding an exhibition of iconic yet very personal photographs by Erica Echenberg called Punk: Originals. The series is part…

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The Owl & The Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense

Sun 25 Sep, 11am & 2.30pm

The Owl is a poet, intent on writing his greatest masterpiece yet, but he shares his den with the Pussycat who likes telling stories too, and she has a quite a different approach!

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Ashley Henry Trio

Sun 25 September, 7:30 pm

Mixing contemporary originals and standards, the Ashley Henry Trio have attracted acclaim for recent performances at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the Chopin International Festival in Warsaw. Expect a night of music which seamlessly blends traditional jazz and modern hip-hop influences.

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So, This is What Happened…

Thu 29 September, 7:30 pm

Six storytellers each have ten-minutes to tell their extraordinary story. They’re poignant, funny, life affirming, cathartic and true. You could be a part of it if you have a story to tell.

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In Conversation with… Bill Nighy

Fri 30 September, 7:30 pm

An evening with West End and Hollywood star, Bill Nighy, who will talk about his life and career with Jonathan Maitland.

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October 2016

Fun Palaces

Sat 1 Oct, 11am

Come along to our Fun Palace for an exciting day out filled with music – with family, friends or pets.

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Monkey Toast Comedy Showcase

Sat 1 October, 7:30 pm

Monkey Toast is back with a special night of Improvised comedy!

In the first half we have, Improvised Chat Show, with special guest, the star of BBC’s Sunny D, comedian Dane Baptiste!

Featuring the Monkey Toast Players; Phil Whelans, Briony Redman, Charlotte Gittins, Susan Harrison, Richard Soames and Lauren Shearing. Hosted by David Shore.

Then in the second half, we’re thrilled to have two-improv from Paul Foxcroft & David Reed! Paul is a Monkey Toast Player and one half of Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure. Actor, writer and comedian, David Reed is best known as one-third of The Penny Dreadfuls.

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Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’

Sun 2 October, 7:30 pm

Explore one of the most influential works of the 20th century chamber repertoire, with Yelian He (cello), Jospeh Shiner (clarinet), Michael Foyle (violin) and Maksim Stsura (piano). Composed after his capture at Verdun and subsequent incarceration as a Prisoner of War, ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ is often considered Messiaen’s masterpiece.

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Dante Quartet

Sun 9 October, 4:00 pm

The award-winning Dante Quartet present an evening programme featuring four talented chamber and orchestral musicians. This taster concert features pieces by Sally Beamish, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, performed by Krysia Osotowicz and Oscar Perks on violin, Yuko Inoue on viola and Richard Jenkinson on cello.

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Free

Multimedia Exhibition: From Place to Place

Perception Festival

Mon 10 - Sun 16 Oct, 10am - 6pm

E(u)ephemeral Map, a short film by Jana Pacheco and video artist Femke Fredrix With each new travel experience the extent of the archive’s reach increases. As a result, we see an ever-evolving…

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Heart of Darkness

Perception Festival

Fri 14 October, 8:00 pm

After a five-star run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Scandal and Gallows Theatre bring their searing one-man adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – the book that inspired Apocalypse Now – to Omnibus’s Perception Festival.

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Acts of Defiance

Perception Festival

Sat 15 October, 7:30 pm

On the back of packed-out show The Bogus Woman last Autumn, Mama Quilla return to Omnibus for a brand new debate. Acts of Defiance produced by award winning company Mama Quilla consists of three short explosive one woman plays, written by internationally renowned writer Kay Adshead.

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Beyond the Blue

Perception Festival

Sun 16 October, 12:30 pm

Full of puppetry, live music and audience interaction, join the Sad Teddy Bear, the Honest Tiger Girl and friends as they experience an adventure inspired by events in the world today.

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Jesse Sebastian Flamenco

Sun 16 October, 4:00 pm

Immerse yourself in a traditional tablao-style Flamenco show, and enjoy the spontaneous interaction between musician and dancer which means that each performance is unique and alive. Influenced by the rich geography of Seville and Cadiz, Jesse Sebastian returns to Omnibus, accompanied by Pablo Dominguez and Jesus Olmedo.

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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

Wed 19 - Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm

It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England – where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather.…

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A Pocketful Of Grimms

Sun 23 Oct, 11am & 2.30pm

Retelling the tales of Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, the original Beauty and the Beast, and more.

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The Dream Factory

Tue 25 Oct, 11am & 2.30pm

Have you ever wondered where dreams come from? Or how they get into your head? House of Stray Cats is delighted to present a new sensory puppet show for curious children and dreamers of all ages.

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3 Stories From Radio 4

Thu 27 October, 7:30 pm

Join Radio 4 writer John Osborne for a special evening of stories, written and performed for Radio 4. Here he presents three funny and heart warming tales, which also promise to be a positive masterclass in how to keep an audience captivated.

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Monkey Toast & Friends

Fri 28 October, 7:30 pm

Our regular Friday night comedy is served up with a heavy dose of unpredictability but always promises to create plenty of mayhem and fun to kick off the week. Special…

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Séance Fiction

Sat 29 October, 9:00 pm

Step onto the comedy ghost-train this Halloween and take a ride in the unknown. A voice is calling from beyond the grave! Who is it? We don’t know. What does it want? We don’t know.

Like Derek Acorah or Psychic Sally, we’re making it up as we go along in… Séance Fiction.

Starring Suki Webster, Michael Orton-Toliver, David Reed, Alison Thea-Skot and Phil Whelans.

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Baltika

Sun 30 October, 7:30 pm

Inspired by the traditional roots of Eastern European music, Baltika is a London based group exploring Balkan, Gypsy, Klezmer and Baltic musical traditions. Trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, accordion, guitar, double bass and percussion all take to the Omnibus stage for an eclectic evening of raucous energy.

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November 2016

The Man Who Would Be King

Tue 1 Nov - Wed 2 Nov, 7.30pm

A tale of greed, adventure and ruin inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s classic mercenary yarn.

This is the story of Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot; soldiers-for-hire amid the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan; head to Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings.

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The Trials of Galileo

Thu 3 November, 7:30 pm

The Trials of Galileo focuses on the events surrounding Galileo’s heresy trial in 1633. In this reprimand by Pope Urban is Galileo’s tragedy, a mistaken belief that if he supplied the church with proof, he would enlighten the world while escaping persecution. He understood the science better than any man alive, but never grasped the politics. Until it was too late.

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Covent Garden Consort

Sun 6 November, 7:30 pm

Hailing from the Royal Opera House and comprising four singers and a pianist, The Garden Consort presents a scintillating selection of vocal gems from across the musical spectrum. From Grand Opera to the West End and Broadway, including Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Strauss, Hammerstein, Sullivan and Romberg.

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Bow Wow Shop (Edward Lear Special)

Mon 7 November, 7:30 pm

This is the second of our multi-faceted events showcasing artistic responses to the work of Edward Lear.

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Mule

Tue 8 - Sat 19 Nov (excl. Sun 13 & Mon 14), 7.30pm

How does the seemingly innocent adventure of a summer spent in the party capital of the world spiral out of control and end locked up in a notoriously hard core South American prison?

Inspired by the real events of the Peru Two, Mule explores the murky, hedonistic world of drug smuggling and its apparent female-isation.

Written & directed by award-winning Omnibus Associate Kat Woods.

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Albee Vector The Sound Collector

Sun 13 Nov, 11am & 2pm

An interactive tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard!

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Bahla

EFG London Jazz Festival

Sun 13 November, 7:30 pm

Bahla creates a vivid picture of the past, present and future of Jewish identity, channelled through the rich traditions of jazz. Venezuelan pianist Joseph Costi and English guitarist Tal Janes join forces with Greg Gottlieb and Ben Brown to form the band, drawing on classical Hebraic approaches and jazz interpretation.

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Luftabbamic

EFG London Jazz Festival

Sun 20 November, 7:30 pm

What happens when you put together two Kenny Wheeler Prize winners and one of Europe’s best touring drummers? New jazz heights in the shape of Rob Luft, Misha Mullov-Abbado and Marc Michel. Join Luftabbamic for an evening of jazz standards alongside original arrangements and compositions.

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So, This Is What Happened…

Thu 24 November, 7:30 pm

Our regular evening when ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.

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Monkey Toast & Friends

Fri 25 November, 7:30 pm

If you like your comedy unpredictable, you’ll love this regular night of mayhem and fun. And you never know who might turn up as a special guest.

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Permission Improbable

Sat 26 November, 6:00 pm

Permission Improbable is Improbable’s ongoing project to support the growth of an improvisation culture created by women. Some of the women you’ll see this evening have been improvising for years, some only a few months.

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Rautio Piano Trio with TV Presenter Dallas Campbell

Sun 27 November, 4:00 pm

The pleasure of finding things out: an evening of science & music. TV science presenter Dallas Campbell (City in the Sky, Supersized Earth), teams up with the Rautio Piano Trio in a special programme, re-enacting famous scenes from historic TV documentaries such as The Ascent of Man (Bronowski) alongside the music of Shostakovich, Bernstein, Philip Glass and Michael Nyman, as performed by the Trio.

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December 2016

Otto & The Robin

Thu 1 - Sun 18 Dec (excl. 5 & 12 Dec),
11am & 1.30pm (School Days) / 2pm (Weekends)

You are invited to the Piddle under Puddle annual Christmas party! Everyone will be there. Well nearly everyone… Otto would like to go, but he’s just too shy. Then one day a robin flies in through Otto’s window and changes his life forever.

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Otto & The Robin

Thu 1 - Sun 18 Dec (excl. 5 & 12 Dec),
11am & 1.30pm (School Days) / 2pm (Weekends)

*Please note the Saturday 3rd December 2pm show will be a relaxed performance. Please let us know at the time of booking if a wheelchair space is required. You are…

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Otto & The Robin

Thu 1 - Sun 18 Dec (excl. 5 & 12 Dec),
11am & 1.30pm (School Days) / 2pm (Weekends)

*Please note the Saturday 3rd December 2pm show will be a relaxed performance. Please let us know at the time of booking if a wheelchair space is required. You are…

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Raphaela Papadakis

Sun 4 December, 7:30 pm

Omnibus is thrilled to welcome the world-class British soprano Raphaela Papadakis for an exclusive recital. Raphaela is establishing herself as one of the brightest operatic talents of her generation. Her professional debut at Garsington Opera in 2014 was singled out by the Financial Times as the “most attractive solo performance” of the show.

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So, This Is What Happened…

Thu 15 December, 7:30 pm

Our regular evening when ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.

A night of revelations and inspiration, through the simple power of storytelling. Come and hear what’s happening around you.

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