ONE. MAIN STAGE EXTRAVAGANZA
Omnibus Theatre celebrates LGBT+ History Month with not one but two queer stories on our main stages. Live To Tell: (A Proposal For) The Madonna Jukebox Musical (7-18 Feb) mashes up queer history and pop artifice into some highly personal Confessions on a Dancefloor. Following on from that, Merboy (21 Feb – 4 Mar), a poetic and queer retelling of The Little Mermaid, takes us to where the fantasy world of fairytale meets the dramatic yearnings of 1960s girl band music, exploring the intense depths of gay shame.
Live To Tell runs 7-18 Feb. Find out more here→
Merboy runs 21 Feb – 4 Mar. Find out more here→
TWO. THE MADONNA PODCAST
Creators of the popular podcast All I Want to Do Is Talk About Madonna, Kenny Finkle and Mark Snyder bring their Immaculate insights live to London. Join them on 12 Feb for a live recording of their fourth season American Woman (2000-2005) during which they will trace the evolution of Madonna‘s music and recorded body of work, discussing the final four songs from her quintessential UK record American Life. This one is a must for all die-hard Madonna fans!
Stick around after the event and take advantage of the combined ticket deal to also attend the 4pm performance of Live to Tell for a truly immaculate Madonna Sunday.
The All I Want To Do Is Talk About Madonna podcast will be recorded live on 12 Feb. Find out more here→
THREE. A PICTURE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
Taking over the walls of our Café Bar is a groundbreaking exhibition that showcases the stories and experiences of LGBTQ+ residents on the Isle of Wight. Through a collection of interviews and photographic portraits by Jon Habens, visitors can gain a new perspective on what it means to be LGBTQ+ on the island. Out On An Island provides an inspiring look at the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals from surviving exclusion and prejudice to thriving in a close-knit community.
The project is produced by StoneCrabs Theatre with support from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and a book of the oral histories will also be available for purchase.
Out on an Island, An LGBTQ+ History Through Portraits will be open to the public in our Café Bar space throughout February (3 Feb – 3 Mar), with a ticketed launch party on 3 Feb. Find out more→
FOUR. LIFE DRAWING
Explore your artistic side and have a fun night out at Red Art Club’s Friday life drawing classes. Open to all levels, from beginners to experienced artists, the classes offer a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. Guided by an experienced you will be able experiment with different drawing techniques and methods, using a mix of short and long poses. The small and intimate setting, with stage lighting, makes for a unique and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Red Art Club’s Friday Life Drawing takes place every Friday from 7:30pm at Omnibus Theatre. Find out more→
FIVE. READING IS FUNDAMENTAL
The library is open with this month’s special edition of our Playreading Group, chaired by Literary Officer Sam Pout. On the reading list this month is cult classic Angels In America by Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner. As the play’s subtitle – A Gay Fantasia on National Themes – suggests, there will be lots to discuss, so put your thinking caps on.
Omnibus Theatre’s Playreading Group is open to everyone and will meet in the Café Bar on 20 February at 7:30pm.
(BONUS) SIX. DIVE INTO THE DEEP WITH OUR UNDER THE SEA COCKTAIL
A cocktail that is sure to make a splash enters the scene at the Omnibus Theatre Café Bar this month! Dive into the deep blue with Under The Sea, a refreshing cocktail inspired by Merboy that will take your tastebuds on a journey to a tropical paradise.
This ocean-inspired drink is our signature twist on a Mojito. A perfectly balanced blend of rum, muddled mint, and a dash blue curaçao that gives the drink its vibrant blue colour. Serving tropical realness, Under The Sea will have you dreaming of faraway places from the first sip!
Under The Sea is available in the Omnibus Theatre Café Bar from 21 Feb. Find out more→