96 FESTIVAL

4 JUN- 14 JUL

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.

Click below to discover this year’s jam-packed festival programme.

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.

ENGINE ROOM

17 JUN | 8 JUL

Dynamic theatre makers present work for the very first time in front of a live audience. Discover the next generation of theatre before anyone else.

JAZZ IN THE PRESENT TENSE: TAMAR OSBORN & AL MACSWEEN DUO

21 JUN

Powerhouse UK musicians, composers, bandleaders and frequent collaborators come together in special new duo format to develop and traverse unexplored sonic landscapes.

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)

FRIDAZE

28 JUN | 26 JUL | 23 AUG | 27 SEP | 25 OCT | 22 NOV

A monthly Cabaret style night featuring the best emerging musicians, comedians, drag performers and everything in between!
Where Every Month Unites Creativity, Community, and Celebration.

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? 

FINGERZ PRESENTS...

1 JUL | 5 AUG

Join us for an evening of hosted entertainment an immersive fun. We aspire to bring people together and form new friendships. Along with creating a safe space where we can represent the unrepresented.

VIVA PORTUGAL - TWO STORIES FROM THE TIME OF SALAZAR

2 – 14 JUL

Viva Portugal!–Two stories from the time of Salazar. Two writers bring a double bill of new plays set in 1960s Portugal, showing history (some as it was, some imagined) through a different lens. To commemorate 50 years since Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, we also have an exhibition of 1970’s street art from Portugal, fado evenings and panel discussions.

CLASSICAL MEETS CABARET

7 JUL

Clarity VA presents a night of classical music and cabaret performed by Royal College of Music singers. Join us to be entertained and inspired, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry!

MOONGATE MIX

8 JUL

Asian Poets Corner II with poets Jennifer Wong, Nina Mingya Powles and Eric Yip and finding out what inspires their work?

AVOCADO PRESENTS:AN IMPROVISED PLAY

12 JUL| 9 AUG | 13 SEP | 11 OCT | 8 NOV | 13 DEC

Go on a different journey every month as Avocado pull an ORIGINAL ONE – ACT PLAY out of thin air; turning truth into belly laughs and
tension into surprise. Legendary music seasons each show, from soulful grooves to rare classics, leaving you dancing in your seat and rolling in the aisles.

EDINBURGH PREVIEWS

13-28 JUL

Get one jump ahead of Edinburgh Festival Fringe this Summer at Omnibus Theatre.

A dynamic mix of emerging and established theatre-makers preview their work in Clapham before heading to the largest theatre festival in the world, giving Londoners the chance to experience the best of the Fringe before anyone else.

OUT OF THE WINGS

16-20 JUL

Out of the Wings returns for its eighth annual festival of theatre in translation from the worlds of Spanish- and Portuguese-language playwriting. Over five nights, we present readings of plays from six different countries, in English translation and in the UK for the first time.  

WORMHOLES

23 JUL–10 AUG

A domestic abuse survivor, imprisoned by recollections of the past that she can’t make sense of – and tormented by paths not taken – finds herself in a secure mental facility being questioned by police. But what is her crime? A gripping, relevant tale about the effects of coercion in relationships

MEDLAND/SMART/SMITH TRIO

04 AUG

This innovative new piano trio explores great masterworks of the piano trio literature, interspersed with improvisatory performance based on a variety of sources, including classical works, folk music and jazz as well as free improvisation and original works.

Programme includes Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.

Tobie Medland – vln, Shirley Smart – vcl, Ben Smith – pno

CLAPHAM FAIR

7 SEP

Join us this Summer to indulge in some of the best food and drink Clapham has to offer, enjoy a whole host of incredible local artists and battle it out in the return of the hotly anticipated Clapham Mutts Dog Show.

CLUB LIFE

12 – 24 NOV

The London premiere of the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe-First-winning club/theatre immersive experience. Lemon Jelly’s Fred Deakin hosts an interactive joy-ride through his 80s/90s crazy clubland adventures

MATERIAL GIRLS COMEDY

THIRD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

A mixed bill comedy show starring some of the biggest and brattiest comedians on the circuit. Expect a night of laughs from four comedians who were spoilt as children and a famous headliner! 

JAZZ IN THE PRESENT TENSE: TAMAR OSBORN & AL MACSWEEN DUO

21 JUN

Powerhouse UK musicians, composers, bandleaders and frequent collaborators come together in special new duo format to develop and traverse unexplored sonic landscapes.  

CHILLED HOUSE SUNDAYS

12 MAY | 14 JULY

Andy Hill mixes melodic, chilled house with Afrobeats for a happy, dreamy vibe. He trained as a DJ at the London Sound Academy and lives locally.

Sunday May 12th and Sunday July 14th

Check out his music HERE and HERE!

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

16 JUN

An evening of music by Brixton-based contemporary classical composer Robert Hugill for Pride 2024
Following their premiere last year, they feature two cantatas that take us from the twilight world of the 19th & early 20th century homosexual to a desperate search for eternal life, alongside songs celebrating love in all forms.

BETWEEN HISTORY AND UTOPIA

4-30 JUN

In this solo exhibition Henri T curates 25 of their works which blur the line between reality, queer coding and the imagined.

They explore our queer history and create a dreamscape of what could be. The works challenge the word ‘tradition’ which is predominantly used in a hetero-patriarchal context.

We, as in LGBTQAI+ people, have always been here and we have a rich and complex history, with a strong sense of community. This is an invitation for the viewer to dream of a better future and to feast their eyes on the flamboyancy of boundless self expression.

About Henri T:

Henri T (they/them) is a visual storyteller, working with photography, moving image and performance. They are interested in documenting and exploring queerness, deconstructing the gender binary and raising visibility for underrepresented groups and issues. Henri describes themselves as an observer who, with an honest and kind eye, encourages their subjects to embrace all of who they are. In contrast to this, the set in their work is often staged, as they want the viewer to reflect on our environments as what they are, social constructs. The more we don’t feel align with those constructs, the harder it is to navigate this world and to find a comfortable space within it.

Being a dancer and performer themselves, Henri is also very passionate about documenting the Arts, mainly theatre, dance, performance art and cabaret.

Omnibus Theatre Online: Young People

Stop by our Omnibus Theatre Online: Young People hub to download two new activity packs each week for your young person to polish up on their drama skills and have some creative fun in the process.

THEATRE CLUB: JOE CARSTAIRS

11 JUN

Do you enjoy talking about theatre, but hate post-show discussions? Come to Theatre Club! 

Free to ticket holders.

LIFE DRAWING

SELECTED THURSDAYS

Whether you’re the next Tracey Emin or if you haven’t picked up a pencil since school, our life drawing class is for anyone who wants to have a relaxed, fun alternative night out.

CLAPHAM COMMON BOOK CLUB

FIRST THURSDAY EVERY MONTH
6:30PM

Find new books, authors and maybe some friends at this friendly and welcoming monthly book club, which takes place in our café-bar. Please contact Rhiannon Croker below for more information about the club and the current books being read. Free to join!

LINO PRINTING

SELECTED SATURDAYS

Our lino workshops include an introduction to lino printing, etching your own lino stamp and printing your stamp onto paper.

CLAPHAM COMMON FILM CLUB

MONTHLY

Clapham Common Film Club presents diverse films from internationally acclaimed and award-winning directors on a large screen in a friendly community setting.