5th Birthday


Omnibus Theatre's 5th Birthday

10 Nov 2018



Unreserved seating

Join us in celebrating five years of extraordinary theatre at our epic birthday bash for all ages. We’ll be joined by a gaggle of special guests drawn from Omnibus Theatre’s friends, ambassadors and associate artists for this all-day event – celebrating what has been but, more importantly, what is still to come.

On Saturday 10 November our building will be filled with interactive installations and exhibits chronicling our journey as a theatre so far. Come and flex your artistic muscles in our free drawing workshops, contribute your memories to our growing memory tree, or receive a poem unique to you. Whatever it may be there is an activity for the whole family!

Alongside these activities will be a jam-packed schedule of events including a sharing from our wonderful youth theatre Actors Alive, a reading of Tiger Walk by brilliant children’s author Di Hofmeyr and an In Conversation with… esteemed actor Bill Nighy.


14:00 – Actors Alive Sharing
14:00-15:30 – Open House
14:45 – Room by Rob Bowler
14:45 – Tiger Walk with Dianne Hofmeyr
16:00 – In Conversation with Bill Nighy
19:30 – The Pit and the Pendulum
21:00 – Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?
22:00 – Live Music in our Common Room


Actors Alive Sharing

Enjoy a snippet of work from our wonderful youth theatre Actors Alive as they give us their take on the last 5 years.

This is a free event.

Omnibus’ Open House

Join us for tea and cake, as The Common Room becomes the home to a whole host of exciting activities and installations. Peruse Omnibus Theatre’s history, add to our time capsule, receive a poem unique to you, flex your artistic muscles in our drawing workshop and listen to some brilliant live music.

Our Open House includes a free drawing workshop from cartoonist extraordinaire The SMOG.

Pop in and join in the fun!

This is a free event.

Tiger Walk

Join acclaimed children’s author Dianne Hofmeyr on a journey through the jungle as she reads her new book Tiger Walk.

After Tom sees Henri Rousseau’s Tiger painting in the art gallery, he draws his own tiger picture. That night, Tom imagines the tiger creeping out of his drawing into his bedroom. Inspired by this moment in the story, you will be invited to join me in drawing our own tigers with jewel eyes and swishing tails, stepping out from the jungle.

This is a free event. Recommended ages 5-9

Room by Rob Bowler

Room is a short play written by Omnibus’ Writer in Residence 2018. It interweaves narratives of isolation, community, aspiration and family, and draws on the history of the theatre as inspiration. This work-in-progress showing is directed by Olivia Stone.

This is a free event.

In Conversation with… Bill Nighy

Esteemed actor Bill Nighy will be in conversation with The Guardian’s Miranda Sawyer, followed by a question and answer sessions, giving audiences the opportunity to ask Bill their burning questions.

Funds raised by In Conversation with Bill Nighy will go towards our campaign to raise a capital investment of £150,000 to relocate our café-bar to the front of the building.

You can buy tickets here.

The Pit and The Pendulum

A political prisoner wakes in a pitch-black cell, unable to see what terror hides in the darkness. As tension and fear escalate, the chances of survival grow slim.

Award-winning Creation Theatre Company return to Omnibus Theatre with an immersive experience like no other. The

You can buy tickets here.

Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?

With felt-tip pens and his ex-girlfriend’s overhead projector, Scott Turnbull takes us on a journey through space and time. This frolic of cartoon and comic reason miraculously weaves science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy-tale and farce.

With live drawings and absurd, existential musings- it’s funny and heart-breaking all at the same time.

You can buy tickets here.