96 FESTIVAL 2024

PRESENTED BY OMNIBUS THEATRE
A glittering celebration of queerness and theatre under one roof, 96 Festival is back for an 9th year!

96 Festival is back by popular demand! A glittering line-up of artists will set up camp at Omnibus Theatre for a spectacular celebration of queerness and theatre.

An extravaganza of theatre, comedy, cabaret, music, art and activism; now in its 9th year, 96 Festival has been conceived in remembrance and celebration of the iconic Pride party on Clapham Common in 1996.

Scroll down to discover this year’s jam-packed festival programme.

4 JUN- 13 JUL
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JOE CARSTAIRS

4-22 JUN

When a Gen Z playwright learns about the life of 1920’s rebellious force, Joe Carstairs, they can’t help but notice parallels in their own identity. A highly-charged fusion of movement, words and music that brings one of the 20th century’s boldest queer figures into sharp relief , but loyalty can be very wicked. 

ROSA GARLAND:PRIMAL BOG (WIP)

14 JUN

Rosa Garland is the critically-acclaimed clown behind sell-out queer cult hit Trash Salad (‘Best comedy shows of 2022’ ★★★★ – The Telegraph). This is a work-in-progress show for people who want to see what happens when a clown explores kink, but don’t necessarily want to date Rosa to find out.

HELL YEAH!

15 JUN

We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Improvised! Fun, femxle-centered, fearless and completely improvised.

A supHer group of London’s hottest queer improv talent. 

QUEER DIARY

16 JUN

The night where LGBTQ+ adults read aloud from their REAL teenage diaries, poetry, fanfiction and more! A handful of brave queer folk take to the mic to re-tell tales from their formative years in the name of nostalgia, solidarity, celebration.

IS THIS DESIRE?

16 JUN

“It’s like the most incredible wide-awake dream. I want more. I need more.”

An outrageous LGBTQ+ dark comedy about the illusions and delusions of love and lust, inspired by music icon PJ Harvey. A love potion triggers a chain of wild erotic entanglements between mismatched partners in Brighton and London.

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

16 JUN

Out of the Shadows features music by Robert Hugill exploring same-sex attraction that takes us from the earliest tentative admissions of same sex attraction, to cruising in a hostile climate and a visit to a bath house in Imperial Russia to Walt Whitman’s unashamed admission of his sexuality.

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF GIANTS

24 – 29 JUN

Lucie’s brother’s band, THE LIBERTINES were at the vanguard of the 00s indie music scene. Standing in the Shadows of Giants is an autobiographical play about being a rockstar (‘s sister) Funny, provoking, nostalgic and ultimately inspiring; Standing in the Shadows is a zip-train hour of theatre. 

HASBIAN

25 – 29 JUN

Hasbian (has-bee-un) noun A former lesbian.

Beth Watson’s real teenage diary comes to life in the Groovy Chick-style animated world of Hasbian: A queer coming-of-age comedy set to a soundtrack of y2k pop classics (S Club, B*Witched, Destiny’s Child) and indie angst anthems (Placebo, Weezer, Garbage)

GEORGE

25 JUN – 14 JUL

“GEORGE” is the story of French writer George Sand defying all rules through what she wrote, what she wore and who she f*cked. But in 19th century France and beyond, what are we ready to sacrifice to be seen?