Omnibus Theatre unveils season of new writing

Last Updated on 19 January 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

New plays Sad by Victoria Willing and Nothing in a Butterfly by Ric Renton feature in the spring 2022 season at Omnibus Theatre in Clapham in London

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Omnibus Theatre’s new season will include Victoria Willing’s new play Sad and twisted rom-com Fiji

Omnibus Theatre in London has unveiled its spring season of contemporary theatre and new writing including the world premiere of Victoria Willing’s dark comedy Sad.

It features works by both emerging and established theatre makers and includes collaborations with Conflicted Theatre and The Queer House theatre companies.

New writing includes Nothing in a Butterfly by Ric Renton – originally scheduled for 2020 before Covid-19 hit – which runs at the Clapham theatre from 29 March to 2 April. Based on lived experience, it takes us from Tyneside to Dubai to ask how we can break cycles of violence.

Developed by Synergy Theatre Project and presented with Doorty Mooth Theatre, this fast-paced and fluid production is directed by Chris White, with lighting designer Marty Langthorne and dramaturg Neil Grutchfield. It will also be performed at HMP Thameside prison in south-east London.

The world premiere of Victoria Willing’s play, Sad, will be directed by Omnibus Theatre’s artistic director, Marie McCarthy and run from 5 to 30 April 2022. It is a dark comedy about escaping your problems and the messiness of life, following Gloria who is living in her attic despite the entreaties of her friends and family.

The spring 2022 theatre season opens with Response: Orlando, a radical contemporisation of Virginia Woolf’s passionate, funny, problematic novel. Written and performed by The Queer House, it runs on 10 and 11 February 2022.

Omnibus Theatre will host Get on the Internet!, a festival of “full-throttle female-identified fabulousness” curated by digital theatre trailblazers Varjack-Lowry, from 28 February to 5 March. It will be a hybrid mix of live and online theatre from a line-up of cutting-edge performance artists.

Conflicted Theatre and Clay Party return with “twisted true crime rom-com” Fiji from 8 to 25 March. Based on true events, the dark comedy was a hit when it ran at Omnibus Theatre in 2019.

Commenting on the new season, McCarthy said: “This spring at Omnibus Theatre is jam-packed with thrilling world premieres, bold contemporary re-imaginings and vivid new writing.

“Companies in residence Body Politic and Moongate, long-time collaborators like Conflicted Theatre and The Queer House, and our own production Sad sit alongside brilliant emerging and established theatre makers new to the Omnibus Theatre stage.

“We’re jumping into 2022 energised by the brilliant work and enthusiastic response we saw here last autumn. It is a new year and boundaries will be pushed, forms will be stretched, new voices will be heard and, above all, people will be entertained!”

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