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November 2016

Marc Wayland: All Over the Place

Fri 18 Nov - Thu 10 Dec 2016, 10am to 6pm. Free

Marc Wayland’s new exhibition at Omnibus displays print based mixed media portraits, where classic arts and crafts meets contemporary printmaking. Wayland deals with important themes around memory in the context…

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December 2016

Otto & The Robin

Thu 1 - Sun 18 Dec (excl. 5 & 12 Dec),
11am & 1.30pm (School Days) / 11am & 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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Improbable Winter Mentoring Fete

Tue 6 December, 7:00 pm

Improbable and Omnibus are partnering up again to host Improbable’s yearly Festive Mentoring Fête.

The Winter Mentoring Fete is a fantastic opportunity to pick the brains of companies who have been there, done that, got it wrong, (sometimes) got it right, and learned a lot along the way. There’s a great line up of mentor companies featuring both artists and producers. Whether you are still studying, just starting out, or long established, we invite you to come and share the diverse experiences of these companies.

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Monkey Toast Chrismukkah Spooktacular End of Year Show and Intergalactic BBQ Convention and Party!

Fri 9 December, 7:30 pm

It’s the third annual Monkey Toast Chrismukkah Spooktacular End of Year Show and Intergalactic BBQ Convention and Party! We hope you’ll join us on this special night as we celebrate the holidays and say goodbye to Monkey Toast founder, David Shore, who is moving back to Canada.

Featuring Improv sets by:

Bald: David Shore & Phil Whelans

The Monkey Toast Players: Joseph Morpurgo, Briony Redman, Richard Soames, Phil Whelans, Dylan Emery, Paul Foxcroft, Phil Mann and David Shore.

And our special guests… David Reed (The Penny Dreadfuls) and Celeste Dring (Lazy Susan).

Music by Tom Hodge

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Festive Light Ride

Sun 11 December, 4:00 pm

Fire up your bikes and let Omnibus light the way with a cycle ride to remember!

Witness extraordinary fire performances and installations as you ride across Lambeth guided by our travelling soundscape. Escorted by our safety-conscious Cycle Confident marshals, we’ll be starting at the Polygon in Clapham Old Town and making our way round Clapham Common right on through to Brixton Windmill with many a sight to see along the route.

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Omnibus’ Christmas Take Away Art Fair

Mon 12 – Sun 18 Dec, 10am – 6pm

We are launching our debut Takeaway Art Fair this Christmas. The week long exhibition, held between 12 – 18 December, will be a great place to discover unique artwork and find that perfect Christmas gift.

Expect to see work by over 20 local, new and up and coming artists with prices from £20. Items for sale, which will be hung around The Common Room space, include prints, paintings, illustrations, photographs, ceramics, cards, bags and badges.

Highlights include an opportunity to own catwalk drawings from Sue Dray, respected lecturer of illustration at the London College of Fashion; photographic prints from Erica Echenburg, one time photographic journalist for the NME and Melody Maker, renowned for her iconic punk photograpy taken during the glory days at the Roxy in the 1970s, and discover new artists including local digital artist Simon Currell. His work, inspired by kitsch, repetition and homogeneity uses photographic imagery to create large scale photographic collages. His unique interpretation of the Queen on closer inspection is a collage of hundreds of photographs of flats in Peckham.

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Writers’ Workshop

October – December

Are you working on a play or looking for inspiration with the next one? The Omnibus Writers’ Group has been devised to support writers of any level of experience focus, get their ideas on paper and work towards a complete play. Ten weekly sessions are led by literary manager, Saffron Myers supported by writers Scott Wilson and Mike Carter. Sessions take place on Monday evenings at the Omnibus October to December.

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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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January 2017

Bow Wow Shop: Lorca

Mon 9 January 2017, 7:30 pm

Deep Song: A Celebration of Federico Garcia Lorca Poet and Journalist Michael Glover continues his series exploring artistic interpretations of major figures and themes. Artist and film-maker Chiara Ambrosio discusses…

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Will Gibson Septet

Sun 15 January 2017, 7:30 pm

Will Gibson is joined by a number of musicians including those on his debut album Facets. The tunes draw from a number of different genres, most notably jazz, funk and classical. This will be the first date of 2017 continuing the UK tour, and featuring a phenomenal entourage of first class musicians.

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Engine Room

Thu 19 January 2017, 7:30 pm

Dynamic and talented theatre makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

Be part of the conversation.

This month’s Engine Room features three different works, including award-winning poet and performer Amy Acre, theatre and documentary film from Kluane Saunders, and the darkly comic Alexandra Donnachie.

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WOW! Said The Owl

Sun 22 Jan, 11am, 1pm, 2.45pm

Based on the acclaimed children’s book by writer Tim Hopgood, Wow! Said the Owl explores the wow-wow world of colours with a curious little owl who is determined to stay awake to see what daylight brings.

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Old Hat Jazz Band

Sun 22 January 2017, 7:30 pm

Old Hat play stomping and swinging songs of their own making, drenched in the blues and vitality of the 20s and 30s jazz. Their dynamic group improvisation and singable melodies make them an enchanting and delightful band to dance to or to listen to.

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So, This is What Happened…

Thu 26 January 2017, 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.

Your stories told live.

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for this extraordinary evening with the power of words.

Storytellers to be announced.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Sat 28 January 2017, 7:30 pm

“What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Award winning Box Tale Soup (Northanger Abbey, Casting the Runes) present Oscar Wilde’s haunting story of evil, debauchery and scandal, featuring puppetry and a powerful original soundtrack.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Bands from 1pm

Sit back and relax in our cosy bar and grab yourself a bite to eat. Now pick up a coffee (or something a little stronger), as we serve up a warming Sunday lunchtime Plateful of Jazz.

It’s the perfect way get over the night before. Bring your friends, bring the papers and let our soothing jazz sounds waft you away to paradise.

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Rob Barron Quartet

Sun 29 January 2017, 7:30 pm

This will be a night of feel good swinging music from the UK’s finest, not to be missed! With regular appearances at the Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show and a sell out show at the London Jazz Festival, the group has gained a reputation as one of the finest new hard bop groups on the scene.

The Rob Barron Quartet features some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians: Rob Barron on piano, Colin Oxley on Guitar, Jeremy Brown on Bass and Josh Morrison on drums. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, the group focuses on fresh new arrangements of classic jazz songs from Rodgers and Hart to Stevie Wonder, drawing influence from the great groups of Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly and Cedar Walton.

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Omnibus Writer’s Group

Monday 30 Jan – Monday 10 Apr, 7.30pm

Do you want to write for theatre? Are you looking for inspiration, practical help and a team to kickstart your play?

The Omnibus Writers’ Workshops are hosted by our Literary Department, on Monday evenings at Omnibus from 30th January.

You will be given a series of exercises to complete and tried and tested tools to develop your skills. You will have the chance to work with professional actors and invite an audience to a reading of an extract of your work at Omnibus.

You will benefit from mentoring throughout and once the ten weeks is complete, have a one-to-one coaching session from one of the course tutors.

The Writer’s Group is a positive, welcoming and enthusiastic environment in which writer’s can share their experiences with each other.

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Hearing Things

Tue 31 Jan - Sat 4 Feb 7.30pm

Playing On theatre company presents a moving and provocative drama that opens a window to the closed world of psychiatry.

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February 2017

Mizuta Trio

Sun 5 February 2017, 4:00 pm

Mizuta Trio are an emerging young String Trio who met at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. They enjoy performing new repertoire alongside the great classics. Amongst them ranks the talented Sheku Kanneh-Mason, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016.

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Forbidden Love

Wed 8 February 2017, 7:30 pm

“The gifted singer Jessica Walker” (New York Times) presents a provocative evening of gay love songs in times of repression, in her uniquely androgynous performance style. The new arrangements for voice, piano and accordion are accompanied by MD Joseph Atkins.

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Out of Sight

Thu 9 February 2017, 7:30 pm

Iron Hoof Productions presents a reading of an extract of David Dandridge’s new play New Cross Spartacus, which explores the displacement and isolation of individuals, particularly older gay men, amid the increasing gentrification of once overlooked areas of London.

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Stamp

Thu 9 - Fri 10 Feb, 9.30pm

Join us for a bit of irreverent cabaret theatre that flies in the face of gender rules, brushes aside political correctness and embraces chaos, humour and heckling. Hosted by the love-child of Sandi…

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Queer Shorts

Fri 10 February 2017, 7:30 pm

Whip out your most sparkly attire for a night of thought-shaking filmmaking and theatricality!

Queer Shorts is a brand new variety night as part of our Unnatural Acts festival. Stick around after the shorts for a post-show panel discussion with artists and creatives.

Full programme to be announced.

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The Conscious Uncoupling

Sat 11 February 2017, 7:30 pm

In an increasingly serial monogamous society, we all face the possibility of more serious breakups in a lifetime than ever before.

In a brand new solo theatre and storytelling show, Radio 4 and festival regular Rosie Wilby interweaves a rich, romantic narrative about two people connecting over a shared love of Richard Hawley music and the London skyline with their eventual breakup emails and the visits of three ghosts from our romantic future, past and present.

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Deco Ensemble

Sun 12 February 2017, 4:00 pm

A special Valentine’s Day concert from the Deco Ensemble with the music of love – tango! Enjoy a unique selection of Piazzolla’s most beautiful music, as well as traditional and modern tangos.

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Fish Eye

Wed 22 February 2017, 7:30 pm

Pam’s already got a low opinion of her neighbours. So when someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, it’s all-out war.

Join our busy-body hero as she becomes a one-woman MI6, ramping up her operation from curtain twitching to spy cameras hidden in hand-knitted novelties. But what Pam unearths is what she already suspects – that everyone around her is a thief, a pervert or a terrorist. A dark comedy about nosiness gone wild.

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So, This is What Happened…

Thu 23 February 2017, 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.

Your stories told live.

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for this extraordinary evening with the power of words.

Storytellers to be announced.

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Engine Room

Fri 24 February 2017, 7:30 pm

Dynamic and talented theatre makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

Be part of the conversation.

This month’s Engine Room features three different works, including sci-fi adventurer Georgia Murphy, Omnibus Associate Artists High Hearted Theatre, and a blazing punk fairytale from Sally Pomme Clayton with Georgia Kalogeropoulou.

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Ensonglopedia of Science

Sat 25 Feb 11am & 2.30pm

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs and cells. Expect X-rays, Y-chromosomes and plenty of zoology. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Bands from 1pm

Sit back and relax in our cosy bar and grab yourself a bite to eat. Now pick up a coffee (or something a little stronger), as we serve up a warming Sunday lunchtime Plateful of Jazz.

It’s the perfect way get over the night before. Bring your friends, bring the papers and let our soothing jazz sounds waft you away to paradise.

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Caravela

Sun 26 February 2017, 7:30 pm

With feet planted firmly in the traditions of Afro-Brazilian music, Caravela’s heart is full of the soaring creativity and fervour that comes with improvised jazz. Weaving impressionistic Portuguese melodies around vibrant South American and West African-inspired rhythms, their music is sensitive and full of passion, energy and life.

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March 2017

Heart of Darkness

Thu 2 - Wed 8 Mar, 7.30pm | Sun 4 Mar, 4pm

Following their sold-out show in the Autumn, Scandal and Gallows return with their gripping one-man adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the book that inspired Apocalypse Now, for six performances. Join Marlow on the deck of his steamboat, as he tells the story of his journey down the Congo River deep into the dark, greedy heart of European colonialism.

★★★★★
“Great things will come of this company.”
British Theatre Guide

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Misha Mullov-Abbado Group

Sun 5 March 2017, 7:30 pm

The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group is made up of some of the finest, multi-award-winning musicians in London, and under Misha’s direction the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences.

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Bow Wow Shop: Coleridge

Mon 6 March 2017, 7:30 pm

In Pursuit of the Ancient Mariner: A Celebration of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We explore the life of Coleridge, the master storyteller whose poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner takes us on a transforming journey from fascination to fear.

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Elephant & Castle

Fri 10 March 2017, 7:30 pm

Do you tell the truth when you talk in your sleep? Does your sleep talk even make sense? And could it just be that you analyse your relationships in a way that’s more honest than you do when you’re awake? That’s the dangerous premise behind Elephant and Castle, a new, experimental show that springs from two years of recorded sleep talk. Using live music and extracts from those recordings, Elephant and Castle is a show about how honest it’s possible to be and have your relationship survive.

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Man Overboard Quintet

Sun 12 March 2017, 7:30 pm

Get ready for an evening of infectious, melodic swing. Man Overboard have trawled the decades of the early 20th century to bring together this collection of toe-tapping, quick-stepping tunes of the highest quality.

The Man Overboard Quintet add their own stamp to a repertoire of tunes made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, the Mills Brothers, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. The chemistry between these superb musicians and their audience makes every performance a magical occasion.

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Bright Sparks

Sun 19 Mar 11am & 2.30pm

Link and Rex are Like light and dark, left and right. Watch these two opposites get their wires crossed as they strive to find ways to work and play together.

Inspired by research into the human brain, Bright Sparks is a playful, visually rich and delightfully humorous show that explores the beauty of difference.

Research into Bright Sparks began at the egg’s 2015 Incubator. The piece looks at the left and right sides of the brain and attempts to debunk the popular and limiting myth that people are either simply ‘logical’ OR ‘creative’. In this wordless production we aim to demonstrate that the human brain actually needs both sides to function together without one dominating the other.

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Alex Hitchcock Quintet

Sun 19 March 2017, 7:30 pm

The Alex Hitchcock Quintet features some of the exciting and distinctive rising stars from London’s vibrant jazz scene.

The group showcase a spirit of openness and interaction, blurring the boundary between written and improvised music, whilst also balancing harmonic curiosity with melodic impact.

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Engine Room

Thu 23 March 2017, 7:30 pm

Dynamic and talented theatre makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

Be part of the conversation.

This month’s Engine Room features three different works, including a mother and daughter pairing from Josie Dale-Jones, beautiful puppetry and music from Paul Mosley, and inspiration from the Cthulhu mythos arising from Lucy Grace.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Bands from 1pm

Sit back and relax in our cosy bar and grab yourself a bite to eat. Now pick up a coffee (or something a little stronger), as we serve up a warming Sunday lunchtime Plateful of Jazz.

It’s the perfect way get over the night before. Bring your friends, bring the papers and let our soothing jazz sounds waft you away to paradise.

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Southern Cone Quintet

Sun 26 March 2017, 7:30 pm

Southern Cone Quintet take the traditional dance forms of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay and produce new music that is compelling, complex and uninhibited. Their sound includes variations and re-arrangements of Tango, Cueca, and Candombe, as well as indigenous folk songs and ancient native chants.

Taking its name from the geographical area in Southern America, it is from this rich earth that the Southern Cone Quintet draws its inspiration. The repertoire consists of re-arrangements of pieces from a wide variety of sources. From twentieth century composers like Astor Piazzolla and Violeta Parra, to traditional folk songs and ancient native chants. While the style resembles Nuevo Tango, it could also be described as “Nueva Cueca” or “Nuevo Candombe”.

“Absolutely outstanding… Wonderfully romantic”
BBC Radio 3

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Offside

Mon 27 - Tue 28 Mar, 7.30pm

A new play by Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish, Offside is told through lyrical dialogue, poetry, and punchy prose, placing the audience on touchline of a game of a lifetime.

Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very different obstacles in pursuing their dream profession, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their futures – and the world – is tantalisingly close.

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So, This is What Happened…

Thu 30 March 2017, 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.

Your stories told live.

Join us on the last Thursday of each month for this extraordinary evening with the power of words.

Storytellers to be announced.

Find out more »
April 2017

A Strange New Space

Sun 9 Apr, 11am & 2.30pm

A non-verbal one woman show lasting roughly 50 minutes for 3 – 7 year olds and their families. It’ll contain physical theatre, beautiful hand-made puppets and original music by Matt Huxley.

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Spring Offensive

Tue 18 - Sun 30 Apr | Tue - Sat 7.30pm| Sunday 4pm

Welcome to the best Bed & Breakfast on the Somme. Like any proud owner of a quality establishment, expat and B&B hostess April is committed to delivering the best customer service imaginable. The catch? It’s all on the site of some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War.

Hosting a captive audience of enthusiasts, tour guides, gravestone archivists and people selling lovely little German helmet shaped chocolates, every night is like a dinner party; she even serves up her own lambs. But when her guests start to get a little on edge, the safe world April has created begins to unravel…

Omnibus presents Victoria Willing’s brand new comedy Spring Offensive, a play about war, prejudice, survival and lost boys.

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Apollo5

Sun 23 April 2017, 7:30 pm

Apollo5 is a gruop of five outstanding vocalists who perform a cappella, with a repertoire ranging from retro to jazz and pop to classical arrangements. Collaborating with artists such as Joe Stilgoe, they have broadcast live on Resonance FM and BBC Radio 2.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Bands from 1pm

Sit back and relax in our cosy bar and grab yourself a bite to eat. Now pick up a coffee (or something a little stronger), as we serve up a warming Sunday lunchtime Plateful of Jazz.

It’s the perfect way get over the night before. Bring your friends, bring the papers and let our soothing jazz sounds waft you away to paradise.

Find out more »
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