Unnatural Acts

London theatre news: Saturday 4 February 2017

Festivals - LGBT - London Fringe

A festival of LGBT work at Omnibus, Clapham, marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967. From 6 to 11 February 2017.
Unnatural Acts festival at Omnibus

Image: Omnibus

Marking 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967, Unnatural Acts is all about repression, activism and questioning how far we’ve really come.

Unnatural Acts will be accompanied by an LGBT+ Visual Arts Exhibition in the Common Room from 9 to 28 February.

The festival schedule comprises:

Forbidden Love (Cabaret) - 8 Feb 2017

Singer Jessica Walker presents a provocative evening of gay love songs in times of repression, in her uniquely androgynous performance style.

The new arrangements for voice, piano and accordion are accompanied by Joseph Atkins.

Out of Sight (Theatre/ talks) - 9 Feb 2017

Since the decriminalisation of male homosexuality fifty years ago Britain has witnessed radical changes in the lives of the LGBT+ community.

But is everyone truly at ease with this new-found visibility?

Iron Hoof Productions presents a reading of an extract of David Dandridge’s new play New Cross Spartacus, which explores the displacement and isolation of individuals, particularly older gay men, amid the increasing gentrification of once overlooked areas of London.

This will be followed by a Q&A with the production team and LGBT activists past and present.

Written by David Dandridge

Directed by Scott Le Crass

Stamp (Theatre - comedy) - 9 & 10 Feb 2017

Hosted by the love-child of Sandi Toksvig and Frank N Furter, STAMP is a cheeky, challenging battle-of-the-sexes gameshow for the rebel in all of us.

Despite the best efforts of some awesome people across the globe (Emma Watson, Beyonce, et al) feminism still has a bad reputation.

A reputation for being boring, inaccessible, guilt ridden.

Spun Glass Theatre smash that stereotype with STAMP - a live game-show that pits men and women against each other in arbitrarily chosen teams to end once and for all the battle of the sexes for ultimate supremacy.

This is a joyous, irreverent interactive theatre experience that breaks the mould for creating art about gender, brushing aside sincerity and instead embracing chaos, humour and heckling.

Queer Shorts (Films/ talks)- 10 Feb 2017

Omnibus presents a night of exceptional LGBT+ cinema.

From animations and dramas to comedies and documentaries, QUEER SHORTS will showcase a multitude of short films to explore the different ways of telling the LGBT+ experience.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion with the participating artists, including Jake Graf and David Castleman.

The Conscious Uncoupling (Theatre/ comedy) - 11 Feb 2017

In an increasingly serially monogamous society, we all face the possibility of more serious breakups in a lifetime than ever before.

Rosie Wilby interweaves a rich, romantic narrative about two people connecting and disconnecting, and the visits of three ghosts from our romantic past, present and future.

In a brand new solo show, the Radio 4 and festival regular interweaves a rich, romantic narrative about two people connecting over a shared love of Richard Hawley and the London skyline with their eventual breakup emails and ghostly returning memories.



1 Northside (The Old Library)

Clapham Common

London SW4 0QW


6 to 11 February 2016


Forbidden Love - £12, £10 concessions

Out of Sight - £5

Stamp - £12, £10 concessions

Queer Shorts - £5

The Conscious Uncoupling - £12, £10 concessions


Festival website

Omnibus - Spring brochure

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