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Omnibus Theatre - January to April 2020

Maidens, Myths and Monsters

THE new Spring season at Omnibus Theatre highlights six productions, two of which are world premieres. Five are from companies visiting Omnibus Theatre for the first time and the other is the final play by one of the theatre’s most respected playwrights. And the season ends with a dynamic twist on a classic re-imagined.

HIGHLIGHTS

Maidens, Myths and Monsters. Written by Nikita Gill and directed by Thomas Moore, it runs from January 13 to January 18 (7.30pm). Tickets: £16/£13.

Olympus is falling. The time of the Gods is almost over. There is one more story left to tell. The greatest story of all.

For millennia Hera sat atop Olympus watching and waiting while her family fought, her husband philandered, monsters were made, wars left their mark and stories were unwritten. Hera had been treated as a punch line to Zeus jokes for too long but hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Maidens, Myths and Monsters marks the debut of Nikita Gill’s mythological world Great Goddesses on stage. As well co-creating the play with director Thomas Moore, Gill will also take to the stage in this spell-binding world premiere.

The Glass Will Shatter. Presented by Althea Theatre, written by Joe Marsh and directed by Lilac Yosiphon, it runs from January 21 to February 8.

I forgive the way you see me in your dreams.

Rebecca is still having nightmares about the events in her classroom from the time she was teaching Amina, or is it Amina that is still having nightmares? Through a series of flashbacks to the classroom, audiences see how a sequence of misguided decisions led to an incident of violence, which changed the lives of all characters.

This is the UK premiere of a powerful and thrilling play exploring the role of faith and our feeling of belonging in a school environment. The Glass Will Shatter investigates the consequences of the Prevent Strategy in schools and how it ignites, rather than extinguishes, radicalisation on both sides.

The performance includes creative captioning and will be followed by a post-show chat. The cast includes Josephine Arden (ROH) and Nadia Nadif (The Scar Test, Soho Theatre).

Flights

Flights. Written by John O’Donovan and directed by Thomas Martin, it runs from February 11 to February 29.

Flights is a new play about the lives and psyche of men in rural Ireland from the team behind the smash hit If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You.

Flights is a darkly funny new drama. Its seventeen years since 17-year-old Liam was killed, and like every year, there’s a party to remember his life. But when only three of his friends show up, they are forced to confront their diminishing youth, their uncertain futures – and the truth about Liam’s death.

Can I Help You? Written by Philip Osment and directed by Jim Pope, it runs from March 3 to March 21.

Bringing to life Philip Osment’s final play, Playing ON present Can I Help You?, a magical realist examination of the role race and gender have to play in mental health and suicide.

An off-duty policeman is about to throw himself off Beachy Head when he is met by a woman carrying a laundry bag and a cat box. Over the course of one night, two disparate characters learn what it truly means to be touched by the magic of hope.

Join Playing ON at one of the many wraparound workshops and events across the run, including pre and post show workshops, panel discussions and an evening celebration of Philip’s Osment’s work.

The Apologists. Directed by Jane Moriarty, it runs from March 3 to March 8.

Three monologues, which between them look at the art, expectations, and limitations of a public apology – especially when coming from a high-profile woman. The spotlight is on our obsession for words – whether empty, truthful or even justified.

A Secretary of State for Health and Social Care makes a racist comment to her attending doctor when her child is rushed into hospital.

A prominent travel writer is held responsible for a suicide after a scathing review.

An employee of an aid organisation demands the recompense she truly needs from the CEO after a disingenuous public apology.

The piece explores the meaning of the act of apology, the complex power play at work between the giver and the receiver of an apology, and whether we are responsible for the context of our actions.

Volpone

Volpone. Inspired by Ben Johnson and directed by Anna Coombs, it runs from March 24 to April 11.

Honour? There’s no such thing.

Volpone is rich – filthy rich. For him the glory of accumulating wealth is more thrilling than its simple possession.  

In lust for more, he and his assistant, the rascal Mosca, swindle three of the wealthiest men in the city, each believing they are his sole heirs. Daring trickery and avarice ensues in this bitingly fresh version of Ben Johnson’s comedy.  

Inspired by Southern African Township theatre, a multi-skilled ensemble of three actors performs to an enticing backdrop of jazz-fusion, delivered with Tangle’s trademark dynamism.