Clapham Omnibus continues to push the boundaries with an increasingly interesting and inclusive range of work. The new Summer season at Omnibus Theatre highlights five productions including a modern revival and three pieces of new-writing. Festivals also make their mark on the season, in particular the return of 96 FESTIVAL, a three-week celebration of Queerness and theatre. Highlights in chronological order;
• Director George Richmond-Scott, who brought BLOOD WEDDING to Omnibus Theatre in 2018, returns with Peter Gill’s seminal play SMALL CHANGE. This modern revival has not been staged in London for over twelve years. 21 April – 9 May. PRESS NIGHT 23 April.
• ANGRY YELLOW WOMAN is written and performed by theatre-maker, improviser and actor Vera Chok who co-wrote The Good Immigrant, Book of the Year 2016, BBC Book of the Week, #1 Guardian Books. In this new autobiographical work Vera figures out if she’s a “racist” or if the world is too black and white. 19– 21 May • 96 FESTIVAL, Omnibus Theatre’s celebration of Queerness returns and finds a new regular calendar date, moving from February to June. Three weeks of surprising performances, cabaret, drag and theatre,featuring Cocoa Butter Club’s MisSa Blue, Katie Bonna, Monica Gaga and anchored by special Takeovers from Beth Watson, LGBTQArts’ Amie Taylor and The Family Jewels. 9 – 27 June.
• NOTHING IN A BUTTERFLY, new-writing by Ric Renton, directed by Chris White and supported by the Synergy Theatre Project. A visceral odyssey from flying fists in Tyneside to hard sales in Dubai via elephant rides and the elusive search for the perfect pocket squares. 23 – 28 June. • WOOD by Adam Foster is a sharp, witty and observational play exploring porn and patriarchy. A hit at The Vaults in 2019, this fully-developed production directed by Grace Duggan runs for three weeks. 30 June – 18 July.
• DEM TIMES created and written by Jacob Roberts-Mensah and Rhys Reed-Johnson. A comedy drama which follows the re-education of British-born troublemaker Samuel Adjei who finds himself on a plane back to Ghana. A story about cultural migration. This episode performed live is part of a unique serialised drama which will be aired on the DEM TIMES podcast. 10 July. • Tickets for the new season will be on sale to the public 28 Feb | Omnibus_theatre|Box office: 0207 498 4699. Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 0LH. @OmnibusTheatre