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96 Festival is back for its 9th year!

Described as ‘a glittering celebration of queerness and theatre under one roof’, this is a festival you’re not going to want to miss.

The 96 Festival is back, and it’s bigger and bolder than ever. Mark your calendars from June 4th because Omnibus Theatre is set to transform Clapham into the heart of queer arts for the ninth year running. This year’s festival promises to be twice the extravaganza, featuring an eclectic mix of theatre, comedy, cabaret, music, art, and activism.

96 Festival is named after the Pride party that took place on Clapham Common in 1996. As you might imagine, it has been created as a tribute to that party and all it has stood for since it happened 27 years ago.

Highlights to Look Forward To

Joe Carstairs headlines this year with a striking biopic performance. Running from June 4th to 22nd, this show dives into the life of one of the 20th century’s most audacious queer icons. Expect a riveting blend of physicality, words, and music that shines a spotlight on Joe Carstairs’ rebellious spirit and unyielding defiance of societal norms.

Joe Carstairs

George takes the stage from June 25th to July 14th, telling the tale of French writer George Sand. This narrative brings to life the daring escapades and literary defiance of a woman ahead of her time in 19th century France.

George

Hasbian hits the stage from June 25th to 29th, delivering a nostalgic and humorous look at growing up queer in Brighton. This coming-of-age comedy is set to a soundtrack of Y2K pop classics, making it a must-see for anyone who loves a good laugh paired with a trip down memory lane.

Standing in the Shadows of Giants, an autobiographical play about living in the shadow of a rockstar sibling, runs from June 24th to 29th. This show is a heartfelt and comic journey through the ups and downs of life, success, and self-discovery.

Noteworthy Mentions

Clare Noy’s Funny Though (June 7th-8th) promises a hilarious hour with a bisexual comedienne navigating her chaotic life. Meanwhile, Conor Murray’s Just a Minute (June 8th-9th) offers a riotous comedy about an intern’s misadventures in the corporate world.

Clare Noy’s Funny Though

Rosa Garland’s new WIP on June 14th will explore the intriguing intersection of clowning and kink, promising a show that is as unique as it is entertaining. Hell Yeah!, presented by Monica Gaga on June 15th, is a powerhouse improv show featuring some of London’s finest queer talent.

For music lovers, Out of the Shadows on June 16th showcases contemporary classical compositions by Robert Hugill, celebrating queer love through historical and modern lenses.

Finally, Queer Diary on June 16th invites the audience to share and listen to real-life teenage diary entries, fanfiction, and more, fostering a sense of community and shared nostalgia.

Queer Diary

Festival Details

The festival runs across multiple dates with a variety of performances, ensuring there’s something for everyone. Tickets are now on sale, so grab yours for an unforgettable experience celebrating the vibrant spectrum of queer arts.

Whether you’re a long-time fan or a first-time attendee, the 96 Festival 2024 is an event that promises to inspire, entertain, and celebrate the beauty of diversity. Join us at Omnibus Theatre and be part of a celebration like no other!


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