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We can’t wait for: Unnatural Acts

Hollie Hayes looks ahead to an unmissable LGBT+ festival.

Hollie Hayes

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:57:13 GMT | Updated 10 days ago

2017 is fully underway and with a new year comes bigger and better events. So what better way to kick start your year than to celebrate the launch of LGBT+ History Month this February with the LGBT+ Unnatural Acts Festival?

 

This electric programme is all about repression, activism and questioning how far we've really come as a movement. Created by Omnibus Clapham, the six-day event combines the weird, wacky and downright wonderful to mark 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. 

 

From 6-11 February, attendees will be spoilt for choice with a jam-packed programme with featuring theatre, music, talks, comedy, film shorts and visual arts.

 

Here's a little preview of just some of the exciting events to whet your appetite. 

 

Stamp

 

Back in London after receiving a rave of reviews at Edinburgh Fringe and VAULT Festival, Spunglass Theatre's riotous, award-nominated play rips up the rule book for examining gender binaries. Hosted by the love-child of Sandi Toksvig and Frank N Furter, Stamp takes its audience on a joyous, irreverent experience that flies in the face of gender rules and embraces chaos, humour and heckling - just in time for Valentines Day, eh?

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 Feb, 9.30pm. 

 

Forbidden Love

 

We all love the mystery of something we can't have, especially when its denounced with the big ol' F-word (forbidden, that is). That's exactly what Jessica Walker promises her audience. Those who watch Forbidden Love can expect to be transported to the Weimar dives of the 1920s Berlin, the nightclubs of 1930s Paris and the musical halls of Britain and America all in one night. "Four countries for the price of one ticket?!" I hear you cry? You're absolutely right! A cabaret night celebrating illicit same-sex desire, Forbidden Love promises a provocative evening of gay love songs in times of repression. 

Wednesday, 8 Feb, 7.30pm.

 

The Conscious Uncoupling

 

Radio DIVA's very own Rosie Wilby will also be at Omnibus with her show The Conscious Uncoupling, a performance simultanously heart warming and wrenching which celebrates the happy years of a relationship alongside the process of disentanglement. In an increasingly serially monogamous society, Wilby interweaves a rich, romantic narrative about two people connecting and disconnecting, and the visits of three ghosts from our romantic future, past and present.

Saturday 11 Feb, 7.30pm.

 

Appetite whetted? Make sure you hit South London's Omnibus multi-arts venue and theatre this February to be truly inspired.

 

For more information and booking details, visit omnibus-clapham.org/ or call 020 7498 4699.

 

@_holliehayes

 

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