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Omnibus Theatre - September to December 2019

Omnibus Theatre and Marie McCarthy

THE new Autumn/Winter season at Omnibus Theatre includes nine productions featuring new writing, four of which are returning companies.

There will be three touring shows, a programme of Irish work which includes a revival by one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights, the fifth annual instalment of Perception Festival celebrating Nasty Women, and a Winter Production, directed by Omnibus Theatre’s Artistic Director Marie McCarthy.

The season also sees Omnibus Theatre producing the national tour of an award-winning play.


HighTide and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company will stage Lit (pictured below) by Sophie Ellerby from September 17 to September 21.

This is new writing that explores the turbulent teenage years of a girl looking for love in all the wrong places. The production came from the writer’s experience studying young women and mothers in the prison system.

Omnibus Theatre’s fifth annual instalment of Perception Festival: Nasty Women takes inspiration from the international rally cry as its theme with six plays programmed across four weeks.

Returning Futures Theatre opens the festival with the final instalment of a triology of plays inspired and informed by women who have lived through the criminal justice system. I’d Rather Go Blind by Somalia Seaton is a new tender piece of writing exploring what it takes to be a mother (October 1 – 5).

Festival headliners Fireraisers present their touring production of Femme Fatale. Written by Polly Wiseman, it’s an unconventional dark comedy about fame, failure and feminism (October 8 – 27).

Following 50 years of writing, David Edgar’s Trying It On, presented by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate, sees the playwright making his professional debut performing and looking back at his revolutionary 20s. (October 11 – 13).

Gutted by Sharon Byrne is a poignant Irish black comedy. Exhilarating and life-affirming, the touring play explores the lives of three strong women who work in a fish factory in 1980’s Dublin. (October 29 – 30).

Acclaimed Irish theatre company Strange Fish revive Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ The Match Box, which is in turns shocking, humorous and moving. (October 29 – November 17).

Winners of the Pleasance Futures Award 2018, Clay Party team up with Cork’s Conflicted Theatre to present Fiji, the most unorthodox of love stories. A relationshipso off-limits, it’s enticing and horrifying in equal measure (November 19 – 24).


Following the success of crafting winter shows for all the family and its 2018 OFFIE winning co-production, Omnibus Theatre is presenting The Little Prince, a contemporary adaptation, directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Marie McCarthy (December 4 – 30).

This season, Omnibus Theatre will be co-producing a national 10 venue tour of Nouveau Riché’s critically-acclaimed play Queens of Sheba, winner of the Untapped Award 2018 and Edinburgh Stage Award 2018. Queens of Sheba tells the hilarious, moving and uplifting stories of four passionate Black Women battling everyday misogynoir – where sexism meets racism. It’s written by Jessica L. Hagan and devised by the company (September 26 – November 29).

Commenting on the new season, artistic director Marie McCarthy (pictured top) said:

“This Autumn, we continue to champion stories untapped and unheard, made by brilliant theatre makers both new and returning to Omnibus Theatre. I’m a huge fan of HighTide, Fireraisers and China Plate and I’m so pleased to welcome them to Omnibus Theatre for the first time. I’m also delighted that Futures Theatre, The Cocoa Butter Club, Strange Fish, Little Angel Theatre and Nouveau Riché are returning to us. All of these artists and their productions tap in to the conversations we’re having as an organisation and a community; Who are we? What do we identify with? Which voices do we need to hear more of?

“The phrase Nasty woman, now universally reclaimed, is the inspiration for our 5th Perception Festival (October) and we welcome a bunch of incredible women making work that inspires and challenges.

“I’m proud to provide a London home to Irish theatre-makers and their perspectives, this year looking at gang warfare, grief and redemption. Irish Theatre Company Strange Fish whose critically-acclaimed hit Quietly ran concurrently with Lizzy Nunnery’s captivating To Have To Shoot Irishman, return with playwright Frank McGuinness’ The Match Box. The Irish line-up also includes Gutted, a black comedy, which tells the story of three women who work in a fish factory in 1980s Dublin and Conflicted Theatre and Clay Party’s Fiji, which is gripping and gruesome in equal measure. Both new pieces of writing have raw and powerful narratives.

“Our reach as an organisation entering its sixth year is continuing to grow. Our new-found London-wide audiences are responding positively to the challenging work we are staging in South London, from re-imagined classics and contemporary new writing to productions that champion unheard voices and provide a platform for the right to speak. With this in mind, I’m proud to announce our co-production with Nouveau Riché, and being able to support their vital and award-winning play Queens of Sheba, which interrogates the dual themes of racism and sexism, on a national tour, connecting up our theatre with ten fantastic regional venues.

“Rounding off the season, Omnibus Theatre is reclaiming The Little Prince story, taking one of the most widely read pieces of children’s literature and contemporising it, confronting stereotypes and looking at the story anew.”

Tickets for the new season are now on sale – call the box office on 0207 498 4699 or visit

Othello: Remixed continues at the Omnibus Theatre until July 14, 2019.