Our Body Politic Spring Tour 2019 begins with a commissioned appearance of Fathe Figurine at Omnibus Theatre’s wellbeing festival.
The mayor of Lambeth, Christopher Wellbelove, will launch the theatre’s wellbeing festival on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 January.
The festival is promoting wellbeing. And it seemed a perfect platform for Father Figurine to continue to raise awareness about mental health problems in men and boys.
Father Figurine is an emotionally profound story about a turbulent father and son relationship, and their inability to deal with a traumatic event.
The show will be followed by a Q&A for audience members to talk through the work’s themes. Similarly, there will be a panel discussion held by the mayor on Wednesday 9 to talk about wellbeing and celebrate those raising awareness.
Additionally, we will work with Omnibus Theatre and local young people in a residency on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 January. These young people will use hip hop dance theatre and spoken word to create a 10-minute curtain raiser. And it will be a thoughtful and creative work they can call their own!
Emma-Jane, our artistic director, is looking forward to working with these young people and sharing Father Figurine with Omnibus Theatre. She said: “We’re very excited to be embarking on our first national tour! Father Figurine is a work we’re immensely proud to be sharing with new audiences.
“This is also a great opportunity for us to work with young people in the Lambeth area. We will create a safe space for them to explore what mental health means to them, and bring their own ideas to the stage. For us that’s what’s really exciting about this tour. It’s about really highlighting the importance of mental health.”
Father Figurine takes place at Omnibus Theatre on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 January at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now from Omnibus Theatre’s box office at £13 (£11 concessions). The residency will take place on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 January. To book tickets and find out more about the residency, call Omnibus Theatre on 0207 498 4699 or visit their website at omnibus-clapham.org.