Omnibus opened in November 2013 and is a multi-arts centre housed in the old Clapham Library. The Victorian building overlooks Clapham Common and is home to a 90-seat studio theatre, café/bar and two performance and rehearsal spaces which host a diverse and high quality programme of work including theatre, music, dance, comedy, spoken word, and visual arts exhibitions. From 2006 – 2013 the local community campaigned to save the building from redevelopment plans and convinced Lambeth Council that an arts centre was a necessary part of the fabric of the community.
Young people are at the heart of our work and we regularly programme some of the best artists creating work for families in the UK including Little Angel Theatre, Theatre Rites and Garlic Theatre. Our aim is to tell inspiring new stories as well as classics with a modern twist and believe that in a world that is increasingly digital, our family theatre is an important reminder to the next generation of the power of face-to-face communication and shared live experience.
Alongside our artistic programme, we deliver creative learning projects that explore new territory, giving children and young people opportunities to engage and participate in the arts. We run Actor’s Alive, our Saturday morning youth theatre with an all encompassing approach, where students as young as 5 have written monologues, built puppets and even designed the publicity for their latest show “The Monsters and Hamster Beavers had a battle” in which professional actors starred in their play.
This October we will tour our early years production Colour around South London libraries and Children Centres. Colour, inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem of the same name, is an interactive multi-sensory performance for under 5s that facilitates language development.
Our projects also include working with young people struggling to make the expected academic progress connecting up classic texts with contemporary pop culture, and using their own knowledge and experiences to create cutting edge work that arises from the intersection of the classical and the contemporary.
We are delighted to announce our first summer family arts festival, Grasshopper, which will take place on Clapham Common from 23 – 26 July. Grasshopper will be a dazzling array of events and activities to suit families of all budgets, with little ones from 6 months to 10 years. A range of sponsorship opportunities are available – please do get in touch.
We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful red brick building and for more information on our work, please visit: www.omnibus-clapham.org
We make Theatre, Music and Art.
We believe in stories. Especially the made up ones.
Art in all shapes and sizes, from the sidelines, across borders, with surprises.
Art all over our walls, film from other worlds.
Tall-tales from funny people, mighty characters for little people.
Ideas too. Particularly the new ones.
Creative learning and learning to create.
Opening doors, starting conversations.
The freedom to explore different rules.
London SW4 0QW
Tel: 020 7498 4699