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May 2016

Omnibus Edition: Clapham’s Literary Festival

Tue 3 - Sun 8 May | Tuesday Listings

Day 1
Tue 3 May

An Evening with Laura Barnett
Free Event
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Laura Barnett will read from her bestselling novel, The Versions of Us, and discuss how she managed to weave together three fascinating love stories. Fellow author Jenny Colgan, writing in the Guardian, said: ‘Its very scope is a joy, the technical achievement seamlessly done, and the ending – all the endings – suitably affecting…’. A wonderful opportunity to meet the author and join in the Q&A session – all for free!

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Omnibus Edition: Clapham’s Literary Festival

Tue 3 - Sun 8 May | Wednesday Listings

Day Two
Wed 4 May

Michael Glover: Poet and Author
£8 | £7 conc.
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Michael Glover will treat us to readings from his forthcoming poetry collections, Hypothetical May Morning and The Book of Extremities. He will also entertain us with some tales from a writer’s life, taken from his acclaimed memoir, Headlong into Pennilessness. You can also browse Michael’s online poetry emporium at The Bow-Wow Shop.

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Omnibus Edition: Clapham’s Literary Festival

Tue 3 - Sun 8 May | Thursday Listings

Day 3
Thu 5 May

Five Events
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· Book at Breakfast: Join a group of fellow book-lovers to listen to poems and stories read aloud. Free event.

· How does place affect the imagination? Two leading authors, Matthew Beaumont and Eleanor Buchan, join host Julie Andersen to discuss how location impacts upon a writer’s work. Paid-for event.

· The Boy Who Saved The World: Expert storyteller, Eleanor Buchan, tells us what happened when a boy with a bird on his shoulder looked out over a sea of plastic… Free event.

· Brixton Bites: award-winning food blogger, Miss South, will tempt us with delicious morsels and delight us with tasty tidbits from her book, Recipes from Brixton Village. Paid-for event.

· The Food We Eat: Food writer Joanna Blythman and chef Oliver Rowe discuss the subject on all our lips: How healthy is the food that we eat? Paid-for event.

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Omnibus Edition: Clapham’s Literary Festival

Tue 3 - Sun 8 May | Friday Listings

Day 4
Fri 6 May

Seven Events
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· Story & rhyme time: a fun-packed session of tall tales and magical music for children under 5 and their parents and carers. Free event.

· Readers afternoon: Novelist Elizabeth Buchan will chair a discussion between a group of wonderful local writers and you, the audience. A unique opportunity to meet and support writers who live and work in Clapham. Paid-for event.

· Where do novelists get their ideas from? Author Bobbie Darbyshire will guide us through the murky world of character, location, plot and subplot. Free event.

· An evening with the South Bank poets: listen to new works from the latest edition of the South Bank Poetry Magazine, hosted by its editors Peter Ebsworth and Katherine Lockton. Free event.

· Exotic England: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, in conversation with Joanna Blythman, casts her eye over this ‘curious nation’ and asks what ‘Englishness’ really means. Paid-for event.

· A Ghost’s Story: In her debut novel, Lorna Gibb presents the mysterious writings of spirit celebrity, Katie King. Hear Lorna discuss her very unreliable narrator with author Peter Guttridge. Paid-for event.

· Join us in the bar at 10pm for some wonderful late live music. Free event.

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Omnibus Edition: Clapham’s Literary Festival

Tue 3 - Sun 8 May | Saturday Listings

Day 5
Sat 7 May

Seven Events
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· Storytime and Activities with the Zoomers: Listen to the authors read The Zoomers’ Handbook, then help them imagine and draw more mash-up creatures. Free event.

· Hear Max Porter in conversation with Elizabeth Buchan about his extraordinary debut, Grief is the Thing With Feathers – an exquisite meditation on love, loss and crows. Paid-for event.

· Crime in the Afternoon: Three first-class crime writers – Sabine Durrant, Isabelle Grey and Miranda Carter – discuss their work and answer your questions. Free event.

· Louise Stern reads from her startling novel, Ismael and His Sisters, which follows the journey of deaf siblings separated in a hostile world. Louise will be joined by her performance partner, Oliver Pouliot. Plus Q&A. Paid-for event.

· Reconquista: J J Anderson takes us to medieval Al Andalus with a reading from her wonderful new novel – a delight for all lovers of adventure stories. Free event.

· The Stopped Heart: Julie Myerson joins Steven Gale to discuss her devastating new thriller – a story of love, loss, longing and true evil. Paid-for event.

· Literary Pub Quiz: Do you know your Roth from your Rushdie? Join quizmaster Peter Guttridge for a night of literary brain-teasers and some great prizes! Paid-for event.

· Join us in the bar at 10pm for some wonderful late live music. Free event.

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Omnibus Edition: Clapham’s Literary Festival

Tue 3 - Sun 8 May | Sunday Listings

Day 6
Sun 8 May

Three Events
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· Write It / Wear It – Creative Poetry Workshop for Children: Ever had something you need to get off your chest? Well, put it on a t-shirt! Using poetry and art materials, we’ll be creating wearable verse. Paid-for event.

· Coffee and papers with Zoe Williams: Zoe and her audience will discuss the stand-out news stories of the day from all points of view. Paid-for event.

· Ask Marcus Chown Anything! The author of What a Wonderful World and Tweeting the Universe knows all the answers to your scientific questions.

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Colin & Frankie Carr

Sun 8 May 2016, 7:30 pm

Gifted young cellist Frankie Carr will be appearing with his father, Colin Carr, a recording artist and cello soloist with many major orchestras. Frankie and Colin will be joined by a variety of talented musicians from the Menuhin School.

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Suitcase Stories

Sun 15 May, 11am & 2.30pm

One suitcase can tell a thousand stories… Especially when the suitcase belongs to this particular lady. Journey around the world with our well travelled friend as she regales you with tales of fishermen, fairies, feasts and beasts, from Yorkshire, through Poland and on to India!

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Tasting Notes

Sun 15 May 2016, 7:00 pm

Opera singer Emily Estelle and pianist Marina Lieberman infuse pop, jazz and movie soundtracks with classical precision. Taste wines from around the world, enjoy the music in our relaxing cafe bar, and buy wines from Amelia Singer at a 20% discount.

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Monkey Toast & Friends

Mon 16 May 2016, 7:30 pm

Monkey Toast are proud to be hosting a monthly night of improvised comedy at Omnibus.
This month we have one of our Harold Teams followed by The Monkey Toast Players.

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Joe Stilgoe

Fri 20 May 2016, 7:30 pm

Star of stage and radio, Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. His live sell-out shows are unforgettable – a mixture of virtuoso musicianship, breathtaking theatricality and live interaction with his audience.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Sun 22 May 2016, 2:30 pm

Sit back and relax in our cosy bar. Pick up a coffee (or something 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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John Garner Quartet

Sun 22 May 2016, 7:30 pm

John Garner Quartet play standards, arrangements of contemporary tunes and original compositions, with a focus on exploration and experimentation. Covering artists as diverse as John Coltrane, Tan Dun, Joni Mitchell and Pearl Jam, nothing is off-limits.

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So, This Is What Happened…

Thu 26 May 2016, 7:30 pm

Sometimes the best stories are the ones we star in ourselves. Come and join us for our series of storytelling evenings. So, This is What Happened…

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Hangmen Rehanged

Fri 27 May, 7pm - 10pm | Conference: 9am - 6.30pm

Hangmen Rehanged is a performance built around an NT Live screening of Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award winning play, first produced at the Royal Court Theatre, and then transferred to the West End.

A multi-disciplinary collaboration between the National Theatre, Omnibus, Edible Cinema and Kings College London.

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Omnibus Unplugged: Lánre EP Launch

Fri 27 May 2016, 8:00 pm

Lánre is a British singer-songwriter whose unique sound combines acoustic folk and soul with captivating storytelling influenced by her Nigerian Yoruba heritage. This exclusive Omnibus Unplugged session will launch her exciting new EP, ‘Human’. Lánre won praise from the MOBO Awards for her 2014 EP, ‘Home’, and has been featured on BBC 6 Music’s ‘Introducing’. She will be joined by some very special guests to be announced soon.

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Alex Hutton Trio

Sun 29 May 2016, 7:30 pm

This wonderful jazz piano trio will be performing work from their new album Magna Carta Suite – a musical journey of ideas exploring the layers of history and landscapes from 1215 to 2015.

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June 2016

Scribe & Chime

Thu 2 June 2016, 7:30 pm

An exciting showcase for new work from emerging artists and musicians. Listen to some amazing acoustic performers as you wander amongst new tactile art, all in relaxed surroundings.

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In Conversation with… Alison Steadman

Fri 3 June 2016, 7:30 pm

Continuing our series of In conversation with… events, we are delighted that national treasure Alison Steadman OBE will be paying a visit Omnibus to talk about her career and personal experiences.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Sun 5 June 2016, 2:00 pm

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.

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Eusebio & Friends

Sun 5 June 2016, 7:30 pm

Hot, vibrant, exciting, Mexican marimba artist Eusebio plays evocative percussion music inspired by the colour and rhythms of his home nation.

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PSK Trio

Sun 12 June, 7.30pm

PSK Trio is the new live project lead by master bass Theo Pascal with Carmen Souza and Mozambican percussionist/drummer, Elias Kacomanolis.

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Monkey Toast & Friends

Mon 13 June 2016, 7:30 pm

Monkey Toast are proud to be hosting a monthly night of improvised comedy at Omnibus. This month we have one of our Harold Teams followed by The Monkey Toast Players, and we’re thrilled to welcome special guests, Abandoman!

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Underwater Love

Tue 14 June 2016, 7:30 pm

Underwater Love explores how young people assert themselves within relationships in a world saturated with sexual imagery and content. Each performance will be followed by a Forum workshop in which the audience will become involved as actors to change the outcome for the characters, exploring how they can make positive change.

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A Midsummer’s Dream Cycle Ride

Sun 19 June 2016, 2:30 pm


Following our popular Festive Light Ride in December celebrating the International Year of Light, the bike ride returns! Featuring trick cyclists, stilt walkers & antics from the cast of Shakespeare’s finest comedy, all in the glorious summer sun.

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Samuel & Louisa Staples & Friends

Sun 19 June 2016, 7:30 pm

Louisa and Samuel are joined by some of their closest and most talented friends for a wonderful evening of solo and chamber works, highlights to include a performance of Schoenberg’s glorious Verklärte Nacht.

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So, This Is What Happened…

Thu 23 June 2016, 7:30 pm

Join us for a celebration of words and voices as ordinary people tell their real-life stories. All characters appearing in these stories are non-fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is intentional.

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Omnibus Unplugged

Fri 24 June 2016, 8:00 pm

Lánre’s music combines acoustic folk and soul with captivating storytelling influenced by her Nigerian Yoruba heritage. Lánre has won praise from the MOBO Awards and been featured on BBC 6 Music. She will be joined by some very special guests.

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Jazz Sensation!

Sun 26 June, 11am & 2.30pm

Oren Marshall and Afla Sackey bring their unique set of musical instruments and masterful skills together in a show for everyone aged 7 and under which promises a chance to learn, an opportunity to join in and a whole lot of fun!

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Electric Dawn

Sun 26 June 2016, 7:30 pm

Join saxophonist and composer Alastair Penman as he brings his unique blend of saxophone and electronics to Omnibus. Expect rich soundscapes, haunting melodies and explosive technique in this exciting genre-defying project.

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Come To Where I’m From: London

Tue 28 June 2016, 7:30 pm

Since 2010, Come To Where I’m From has seen more than 100 writers from across the UK writing plays about the places that shaped them. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now Come To Where I’m From invites London playwrights to tell their stories for the first time. In partnership with Tamasha, Paines Plough present a series of London Come To Where I’m From events across the city.

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Yellow Spot Film Night

Wed 29 June 2016, 7:00 pm

Yellow Spot Collective are back with another Spot Night featuring an array of eclectic short films. This time our panel will shine its light on the ‘Director – Actor Relationship’ answering questions submitted by emerging filmmakers and actors including:

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Engine Room

Thu 30 June 2016, 7:30 pm
A scratch night presenting emerging artists working across art forms and between genres. This month's Engine Room artists are: Welcome to Rabbit Beach Written by Juliet Miriam Clark Devised and… Find out more »
July 2016

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party

We are sorry to say that this event has been cancelled.

Get out your petticoats and your blue suede shoes for an evening of jive-tastic rock ‘n’ roll, in celebration of the King, Elvis Presley. With live music from Peachy Beat, there’ll be no excuse not to get ‘All Shook Up’. Come dressed in your best and be ready to rock.

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Hot Club of Jupiter

Sun 3 July 2016, 7:30 pm

Hot Club of Jupiter bring their unique mix of Gypsy swing, hot jazz and raunchy rhythms to Omnibus. Dance the night away to the hedonistic sounds of a swing band on fire.

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Thu 7 July 2016, 7:30 pm

Australia’s premier improv troupe brings its riotous musical comedy to London. Based on a single suggestion, this talented ensemble improvise an entire musical, completely on the spot. It’s unrehearsed. It’s unpredictable. It’s a whole lot of fun. It’s Impromptunes.

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Character Tålks & Squirrel

Fri 8 July 2016, 7:30 pm

Previewing their shows for the Edinburgh Fringe, two of Norway’s finest comedic talents are here to bring their unique sense of humour to the heart of Clapham. Character Tålks A…

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Gould / McCormack / Schimpelsberger Trio

Sat 9 July 2016, 7:30 pm

Imagine a stunning blend of sound – world percussion meets jazz and classical music, communicating through powerful melodies while showcasing the joys of group interplay and individual virtuosity. Welcome to the unbridled creativity of Gould / McCormack / Schimpelsberger.

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Big Bad Wolf

Sun 10 July 2016, 7:30 pm

Big Bad Wolf is a London-based four piece band with a distinctive sound. Their unique technique bridges the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles.

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Mike Hobart Quintet

Fri 22 July 2016, 7:30 pm

After the sell-out launch of debut album Evidential, the Mike Hobart Quintet have gained an reputation for their powerful and exciting live performances and the ‘passionate cool’ of their new sound.

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Pea Green Boat

Sat 23 July, 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm & 1pm

Sail away to a land of imagination in our beautiful pea green boat. Join magical storyteller Camilla Gürtler for a journey of fantasy and adventure.

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In Conversation With… Greta Scacchi

Sat 23 July 2016, 7:30 pm

Star of stage and screen Greta Scacchi makes her debut at Omnibus in the multi-arts venue’s seventh In Conversation With. These series of intimate evenings are spent getting up close…

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Actors Alive Summer Workshops (Ages 5-7)

Mon 25 - Wed 27 July, 9am - 12pm | Registration from 8.45am

A three-day workshop led by Camilla Gurtler, the children will be working on The Sandman by Hans Christian Andersen, focusing on how we tell stories onstage and breathe life into the world of a play.

Students will have the opportunity to invite friends and family along to a performance on the Wednesday.

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Tomorrow, Maybe

Tue 26 - Wed 27 July, 7.30pm

An immersive original British musical set in a commuters’ coffee shop. It focuses on snapshots of the people we cross paths with every day: from a Sicilian woman who fails to connect with the world around her, to a homeless man and his powerful tale of hope, the show questions how much we can really know about those around us.

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Edinburgh Fringe Preview

Thu 28 - Fri 29 July, 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 with two young women 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.

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Omnibus Unplugged

Fri 29 July 2016, 8:00 pm

Lánre’s music combines acoustic folk and soul with captivating storytelling influenced by her Nigerian Yoruba heritage. Lánre has won praise from the MOBO Awards and been featured on BBC 6 Music. She will be joined by some very special guests Karl Nova and Amy Fitz Doyle.

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Mr Kingdom’s Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy)

Sat 30 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

The queen who ruled a kingdom (and an empire) as you’ve never dared think of her before.

A bitingly irreverent, painfully funny and strangely moving new show from legendary Fringe First Award winner Bob Kingdom (Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, The Truman Capote Talk Show).

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Sun 31 July 2016, 7:30 pm

The girly one from Fringe sketch veterans WitTank (‘Masterful’ Sunday Times) presents his debut stand up show about how weird we all are.

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August 2016


Omnibus at Edinburgh Fringe

3 - 29 August (excl. Wed 17 Aug), 1.30pm

How does the seemingly innocent adventure of a summer spent in the party capital of the world spiral out of control and end with two young women 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.

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September 2016

Three Photographers: Wild in the City

Thu 4 Aug - Fri 2 Sep, 10am - 6pm, Free Event
This summer, come along to Omnibus to see the Visual Arts Department's exhibition of photographs of life in and around Clapham and central London. Photographs by Robert Connolly, Ejiro Evwierhoma… Find out more »

Clapham Village Fete

Sat 3 September, 12 noon - 6pm

In celebration of 150 years of the London Fire Brigade, be transported back to the 19th century and experience the re-creation of Clapham circa 1866.

Learn about local history with installations from Clapham Society and an interactive Fire Engine Display. Battle it out in the Egg and Spoon Race, try your hand at the Coconut Shy, get creative at our Arts and Craft Stalls, say hello to some furry faces from Vauxhall City Farm and much more, all topped off with some of the best food and drink Clapham has to offer!

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Camilla George Quartet

Sun 4 September 2016, 7:30 pm

Inspired by artists such as Kenny Kirkland, Wynton Marsalis and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, join the Camilla George Quartet for a night of traditional jazz with a twist of calypso and modern edge. Their debut EP ‘Lunacity’ has been praised for its “fresh” sound, and they’re currently working on their latest album, a celebration of jazz from its African roots to its modern conception.

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Bow Wow Shop (Orpheus Special)

Mon 5 September 2016, 7:30 pm

What is it about the story of Orpheus, and his pursuit of his dead wife Eurydice into the underworld, that has so inspired generations of artists and composers?

At our Bow Wow Shop Michael Glover’s guests will share their passion for the poet.

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The Jamie Leeming Project feat. Emily Dankworth

Sun 11 September 2016, 7:30 pm

London based jazz guitarist Jamie Leeming presents an exciting mix of jazz, pop, folk and melodic guitar. Following his recently released EP ‘Heartsong’, he is joined by some of the UK’s brightest young talent, blending melodic and original guitar with pure vocals. Featuring Emily Dankworth, Liam Dunachie and special guest Ben Cox.

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Engine Room

Thu 15 September 2016, 7:30 pm
An inspirational night of new performances from theatre-makers working across art forms and between genres. We are programming for the next Engine Room on January 19. If you're a theatremaker… Find out more »


Fri 16 September 2016, 7:30 pm
Omniwrite profiles the newest of new writing for performance. An audience sees 20 minutes of three pieces of new drama, hot off the pen, performed in public for the very… Find out more »

Lauren Kinsella Ensemble

Sun 18 September 2016, 7:30 pm

Omnibus presents Irish vocalist and composer Lauren Kinsella and her ensemble, as the Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year continues her Autumn tour. Having been commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival, Kinsella’s new music features Tom Challenger on sax, Dan Nicholls on piano, Conor Chaplin on bass and Simon Roth on drums.

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64 Squares

Wed 21 - Fri 23 Sep, 7.30pm

‘You might have noticed there are four of me. Don’t worry. You’ll get used to it. I have.’ A one man show performed by three actors and a drummer. Welcome…

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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 2016, 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 2016, 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 2016, 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 2016, 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 2016, 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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Punk: The Originals

Wed 7 - Fri 7 Oct, 10am - 6pm (excl. Sundays) EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

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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Dante Quartet

Sun 9 October 2016, 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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Heart of Darkness

Perception Festival

Fri 14 October 2016, 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 2016, 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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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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Beyond the Blue

Perception Festival

Sun 16 October 2016, 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 2016, 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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The First Annual Anshu Asthana Memorial Exhibition

Mon 17 Oct - Fri 4 Nov, 10am - 6pm
"Art is not what you see, but you what you make others see." Edgar Degas The First Annual Anshu Asthana Memorial Exhibition celebrates the life of Anshu Asthana and his work… Find out more »

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 2016, 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 2016, 7:30 pm

Monkey Toast: The Improvised Chat Show is back, with Matthew Crosby from the award winning sketch group, Pappy’s!

Matthew will be interviewing our special guests, from the Allusionist podcast and Answer Me This!, Helen Zaltzman, plus the start of SuperBob, comedian Brett Goldstein!

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Séance Fiction

Sat 29 October 2016, 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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Sun 30 October 2016, 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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Halloween Games and Fun!

Mon 31 October 2016, 4:00 pm

Omnibus is celebrating Halloween in style by giving away bags full of treats, plus games for the whole family!

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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 2016, 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 2016, 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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Edward Lear – An illustrated tribute

Mon 7 Nov - Thu 17 Nov 2016, 10am to 6pm, Free

Edward Lear left a huge legacy as a musician, a poet, an artist, and an illustrator. Following on from the Bow Wow Shop evening featuring readings from his poetry, live performances…

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Bow Wow Shop (Edward Lear Special)

Mon 7 November 2016, 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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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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EFG London Jazz Festival

Sun 13 November 2016, 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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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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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 events of the Peru Two, Mule explores the murky, hedonistic network of drug smuggling and it’s apparent female-isation. Award-winning Omnibus Associate Kat Woods explores the complex roles of victimhood, media spin and personal tragedy in this flawless two-hander. Delving into a dingy world of fake smiles and real tears, the web of characters involved grow and shrink in a mess of details, lies and carefully guarded truths.

An Omnibus production from the writer/director of Belfast Boy and Wasted

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EFG London Jazz Festival

Sun 20 November 2016, 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 2016, 7:30 pm

Our regular evening when ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.

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Permission Improbable

Sat 26 November 2016, 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 2016, 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

Clapham Lights

Sat 3 December 2016, 1:00 pm

Welcome in the winter season with a night of magic, lights and festive cheer!

Gather at 3.30pm in the Paddling Pool on Clapham Common for the a spectacular fire breathing performance. Don’t forget to bring a lantern or torch, ready to join the the Parade of Lights, where we will be led by an illuminated stilt walker through the Common and across to The Polygon. When we reach The Polygon, watch a very special guest switch on the Lights and the tree begin to sparkle.

After the switch on there will be a fantastic selection of live music, including a breathtaking performance by award winning Gospel choir Get Gospel.
The Old Town Christmas Market is afoot from 1pm, full of delicious treats, hot mulled wine, and live music. And you can grab yourself a special gift at our cosy Christmas Grotto!

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Raphaela Papadakis

Sun 4 December 2016, 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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Improbable Winter Mentoring Fete

Tue 6 December 2016, 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 2016, 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 2016, 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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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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