20:40 at Omnibus Theatre

London theatre news: Thursday 16 May 2019

Off-West End - Premieres - Shows

Alex Pearson Productions will present the World Premiere of 20:40 by David Kerby-Kendall at Clapham's Omnibus Theatre from 4 to 16 June 2019.
20:40 at Omnibus Theatre

Image courtesy Alex Pearson Productions

June sees the world premiere of David Kerby-Kendall's 20:40 at Omnibus Theatre in Clapham.

The show, which plays from 4 to 16 June with press night on the 6th, is set on two evenings 20 years apart with Michael at ages 20 and 40.

Directed by Julie Osman, the play stars the playwright as Michael at age 40 and Alastair Hill as Michael at age 20.

About the playwright

David Kerby Kendall's credits include: Half Moon (London/Europe Tour); Private Lives (Leicester); Abigail's Party (Birmingham); Cuckoos (Southwark Playhouse).

He became the in-house writer for Heartbreak Productions in 2009, and has since adapted five of David Walliam's children's books, (Mr Stink, Ratburger, Billionaire Boy, The Midnight Gang and Gangsta Granny) for numerous national tours.

His second independent play, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven, was produced at Jermyn Street Theatre and his first novel The Rainbow Player (the coming-of-age story of a gay Premiership footballer), was published in 2017.

David would like to dedicate 20:40 to everyone who has fought mental health issues.

He hopes that his play may bring another tiny piece of understanding about this devastating condition and bring everyone together without the need for stigma or label.

About the director

Julie Osman is joint artistic director of the theatre collective Freathy Tippett.

Recent credits include:

The Secretary Turned CEO (Edinburgh Fringe); City Girls (Jermyn Street); Caring and Sharing (Southwark Playhouse); Theatre Uncut (Theatre Delicatessen); Voicing, Salty Sarah (FreathyTippett/ Tête à Tête Opera Festival); Eros and Psyche (Arcola Theatre/ Grimeborn); also movement consultant, Agrippina (English Touring Opera/Britten Theatre/tour).

Show listing information


"84% of men admit to bottling up their emotions.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45."

Like an all-consuming fog, depression has invaded Michael's mind.

And like so many of us, he uses humour as a plaster to conceal his suffering so that only he knows it is there.

Michael would be the first to beg anyone to talk about their mental health issues, so why isn't he?

Set on two evenings, twenty years apart, Michael, at ages 20 and 40, recalls the pivotal moments and people that have shaped his life: from Danny, his soulmate and first love, to Jennifer, the outrageous girlfriend who becomes the distant wife.

20:40 is a study of one man's irrepressible lust for life fighting a disease he will always refer to as The Shadow.


Alastair Hill - Michael at 20

David Kerby-Kendall - Michael at 40


Author: David Kerby-Kendall
Director: Julie Osman
Designer: Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting: Steve Lowe
Sound: Yvonne Gilbert
Production: Alex Pearson Productions


Omnibus Theatre - The Upstairs Studio
1 Northside (The Old Library)
Clapham Common


From: Tuesday 4 June 2019

Closed: Sunday 16 June 2019


Standard: £16

Concessions: £13


Show website
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