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March 2018

Beyond Borders: Lipstick – A Modern Fairytale of Iran

Fri 16 - Sat 17 March, 4pm & 7:30pm

Part theatre, part drag cabaret, Lipstick: a fairy tale of modern Iran is inspired by time writer/director Sarah Chew spent in Tehran during the Green Uprising of 2010.

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My Dad, The Magician

Sun 18 Mar, 11am & 2.30pm

The year is 1991. Tom is 11 years old. His Dad is a magician and Tom is his assistant. Using handmade magic tricks, live music, cassette players, DJ skills, audience interaction and a rabbit called Horace, this nostalgically inventive show tells the story of the man behind the magician.

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Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone Duo

Sun 18 Mar, 7.30pm

Tori and Alcyona are both highly in demand musicians, working at the forefront of the London jazz scene.

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Beyond Borders: Amie Taylor – Storytelling for 3-7 Year Olds

Sun 25 March, 10:30am

Amie Taylor is a storyteller and theatremaker, and makes performance for both children and grown ups. She is also the Editor of The LGBTQ Arts Review. This event is aimed at 3-7 year olds and their families. It will take the fairytale elements of Lipstick as a starting point to exploring themes of cultural and gender integration, through storytelling, puppetry and creative play.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Sun 25 Mar, 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Join local jazz band Baraka in our Café area performing original tunes and improve with distinctive Afro-Latin sounds.

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Misha Mullov-Abbado Group

Sun 25 Mar, 7.30pm

The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group is made up of some of the finest, multi-award-winning musicians in London, and under Misha’s direction (winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Prize, 2014 Dankworth Prize and a 2017 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist) the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences.

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The Fever

Tue 27 – Thu 29 Mar, 7.30pm

Only two years ago the World Bank declared that nearly two billion people live on less than $2 a day. In 2017, can we still claim ignorance of the deprivation and exploitation around the world? A pertinet play that examines our mostly unacknowledged collusion with a pervasive situation.

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So, This Is What Happened…

Thu 29 Mar, 7.30pm

True stories told by you. Ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.

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Fri 30 – Sat 31 Mar, 7.30pm

A horror-farce which draws on theatre of cruelty, magic and sacrifice.

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April 2018

The First Indian Diva – The Courtesan and the Recording Industry

Tue 3 – Sat 28 Apr, 10am-6pm

The exhibition The First Diva – The Courtesan and the Recording Industry will run throughout April in our cafe space to accompany the production of Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident.

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Healed (Hire)

Tue 3 Apr - Sun 8 Apr, 7.30pm | 6.00pm Sunday

HEALED Ophelia, Bridget & Sajmal are now free of the bars and chains that held them captive in Asylum, they now seek healing and empowerment in order to move on…

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Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident

Tue 10 – Sun 29 Apr | 7.30pm, 4pm Sundays

Gauhar Jaan: The Datia Incident is a multilingual play fused with live music and dance that celebrates the early 20th century musical revolution, and the remarkable story of a talented musician who only ever craved control over her own fate.

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Joy Ellis

Sun 15 Apr, 7.30pm

London based pianist, singer and composer Joy Ellis has toured all over the world playing jazz.

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Gabrielle Ducomble

Sun 22 Apr, 7.30pm

Charismatic and sophisticated … leaving audiences spellbound in her wake’ – Jazz FM Tonight, a little bit of Paris comes to your home town..

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Mon 23 Apr, 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm

Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as your baby enters the multicoloured world of Kaleidoscope.

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So, This Is What Happened…

Thu 26 Apr, 7.30pm

True stories told by you. Ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.

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Shadwell Opera Double Bill

Thu 26 - Fri 27 Apr, 7.30pm

Award-winning company Shadwell Opera present their sell-out production of Janacek’s dramatic song cycle, Diary of One Who Disappeared, as well as a newly commissioned piece by Edward Nesbit.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Sun 29 Apr, 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Join local jazz band Baraka in our Café area performing original tunes and improve with distinctive Afro-Latin sounds.

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A Damned Mob of Scribbling Women

Sun 29 Apr, 7.30pm

Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys present a recital for voice and piano in celebration of women writers

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May 2018

Memories of Fiction: The Living Library

Wed 9 May - Sun 13 May

Omnibus Theatre transforms into a ‘living’ library. Be taken on a sensory journey around the building and explore powerful stories of comfort, discovery, self-learning and escape, translated from memories of local readers who were asked about what they valued about reading and why.

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The Writing Game

Sat 12 May, 11am – 12noon

Looking to find someone to publish your fiction or non-fiction writing? Leading industry experts Philip Gwyn Jones, editor-at-large at Scribe UK, and agent Lucy Luck share all the do’s and don’ts of publication and open up the writing world.

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Word Force

Sat 12 May, 12.15pm – 1.15pm

Critically acclaimed award-winning poet and presenter of Poetry Extra on BBC Radio 4 Extra Daljit  Nagra and poet, writer, performer, theatre maker and poet Cecilia Knapp talk together about writing and loving poetry, reading and performing.  

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Sat 12 May, 2pm – 3pm

BBC arts and Guardian journalist and author Mark Lawson and London-based crime writer Vaseem Khan, author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency explore – forensically – motives, locations and moralities… in the crime they write.  

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Dame Margaret Drabble in Conversation with Natasha Cooper

Sat 12 May, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Bestselling author Natasha Cooper talks to Dame Margaret Drabble about her writing life and the relevant and topical themes and issues of her latest work The Dark Flood Rises.

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Walls Have Ears

Sat 12 May, 5pm - 6pm

Simon Berthon, BAFTA-winner and Clapham-based author of Warlords and Allies at War, discusses the defence of the realm before and after World War II with award-winning author and journalist Henry Hemming and acclaimed war biographer Clare Mulley.  

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A Room in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Deborah Moggach

Sat 12 May, 7pm - 8pm

Deborah Moggach OBE takes us inside her extensive and highly successful writing career, spanning Tulip Fever and many other novels, her latest being Something To Hide.

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Robert and Elizabeth: Let Me Count The Ways

Sun 13 May, 7.30pm

This is the story of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett, portrayed in words and music from their letters and poems, and from Ron Grainer’s musical ‘Robert and Elizabeth’, with the help of John David.
To be followed by a Q&A led by Dr Simon Avery.

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A Substitute For Life

Tue 15 - Thu 17 May, 7.30pm

Born to affluence in the middle of the nineteenth century, Francis has always used his love of books as a means of insulating himself from real life. But books can’t protect him when a family accident brings him face to face with reality. Tim Hardy plays Francis Kenworthy, directed by Alison Skilbeck.

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Non Parent Trap

Fri 18 May, 7.30pm

When tabloid magazines conjure celebrity pregnancies out of post-dinner bloats, when the leader of the free world might grab your pussy at any moment, every woman’s reproductive status seems to be public property.
This funny and poignant show from writer/performer/broadcaster Nina Davis explores our modern obsession with other people’s procreation.

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Bicycles And Fish

Fri 18 May, 9pm

How I became a woman. A period piece. With songs.
Combining comedy, storytelling and original songs, writer Katie Arnstein wants to talk about why feminism is discovered so much later than misogyny and how we might change that.

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Sun 20 May, 11am and 2pm

An imaginative retelling of the book by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher. Perfect is a remarkable story of anticipation and disappointment, acceptance and love, and the power of nature in all our lives.

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Into The Melting Pot

Sun 20 May, 8pm

Music and storytelling inspired by the women of medieval Spain. The Telling are five musicians and an actress who come together to highlight the rich cultural heritage of the Spanish peninsula.

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The Power Behind The Crone

Sun 20 May, 7:30 pm

This one-woman show sets out to disprove that “there are no good parts in Shakespeare for older women.” The Power Behind The Crone opened the 2016 RADA Festival and played in Edinburgh Fringe Assembly Rooms 2017.

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[Working Title]

Tue 22 May, 7.30pm

An evening of writing in development from distinctive new voices. Writers and pieces to be announced.

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The Man On The Moor

Wed 23 - Thu 24 May, 7.30pm

In December 2015, an elderly man was found dead on Saddleworth Moor. Train tickets in his pockets showed he’d travelled 200 miles, apparently just to die.
Written and performed by Max Dickins, this powerful drama looks at how people come to disappear and the impact on those they leave behind.

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The Fate We Bring Ourselves

Tue 29 May, 7.30pm

Join performance storyteller Ben Haggarty at his most alarming, as he presents three remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. This is world-class storytelling: dark, magical and provocative.

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Engine Room

Wed 30 May, 7:30pm

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.

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June 2018

La Manche: The Sleeve

Fri 1 - 2 June, 7.30pm

Twenty-one miles (as the gull flies) to France. So near yet so far. Flashback to a golden age of bathing when Channel fever gripped the nation. Expect one woman, witty physical theatre and a gloriously absurd tribute to The Channel.

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The King With Dirty Feet – and other stories of global shows

Sat 2 Jun, 10.30am

Can you help solve the problem of the king’s dirty feet? Come and explore how shoes are represented in fairytales and myths around the world.

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Shakespearean Summers

3 June, 7.30pm

Following the sell-out success of Debut’s ‘Shakespearean Summers’ at the Shoreditch Treehouse, this popular concert transfers for one night only to Omnibus Theatre. Featuring soprano Lizzie Holmes and special guests.

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Sun 3 June, 11am & 2pm

A play about the dangers of the Internet for 3-8 year olds, based on the best-selling picture book by Stuart Spendlow. Educational and fun-filled.

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A Plateful of Jazz

Jun 3, Jun 24, Jul 1, Jul 29, Aug 5 | 12.30pm - 3pm

Come for the chat, the music, the atmosphere. Leave re-charged for the week.

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The Yellow Wallpaper

Tue 5 Jun – Sun 24 Jun, 7.30pm (4pm Sundays)

Alice doesn’t love her baby enough. That’s what her doctor and husband say. They take it from her and she tumbles down a rabbit hole of depression.

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National Youth Orchestra Quintet

10 June, 7.30pm

Led by Artistic Director and trumpeter Mark Armstrong, the NYJO quintet is a bijou showcase for some of the hottest up-and-coming musicians the industry, stepping out of NYJO’s big-band setting for one night only.

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Emma Stannard and Keval Shah

17 Jun, 7.30pm

Inspired by Brahms’ Ophelia Lieder, Emma and Keval will go on a journey from innocence to experience with female characters in song. Their programme will also include Schumann’s Frauen- Liebe und Leben and Rossini’s Giovanna D’Arco.

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A Life On The Wind – Telling a Story for Absolute Beginners

Sat 23 June, 10am

Discover the creative process of liberating a story and bringing it back to ‘a life on the wind’.

This interactive workshop will give you the confidence to develop your own unique version of a fairytale, myth or legend through a series of creative, thoughtful and fun practical tasks.

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24 Jun, 7.30pm

UK based opera company XOGA presents an evening of opera, song and dance based on Shakespearean couples – Ophelia and Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet… turbulent love stories of jealousy, disappointment, vanity, ambition, chance, fate and madness that with death come to an end.

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Engine Room

Wed 27 June, 7:30pm

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.

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July 2018

So, This is What Happened…

Thu 26 July

True stories told by you. Ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories. They’re poignant, funny, life-affirming, cathartic and true. Join us on the last Thursday of each month for this extraordinary…

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November 2018

Elina Duni & Rob Luft Duo

Sun 18 November, 7.30pm

Elina Duni is a Swiss-Albanian singer. Having been signed to ECM Records since 2012, her hallmark combination of traditional Albanian folk songs and jazz has lead to worldwide critical acclaim. For this new project, she is joined by guitarist Rob Luft, acclaimed as one of the rising stars of London’s flourishing contemporary jazz scene.

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