These shows will be performed by Rose Bruford South West (formerly ALRA) students. 

A Monster Calls based on the novel by Patrick Ness and inspired by an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, devised by Sally Cookson, Adam Peck and the Company

‘Stories are wild creatures’, the monster said. ‘When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?’

Connie has the same dream every night, ever since her mother first fell ill and started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working.

But tonight is different. Tonight, when Connie wakes, there’s a visitor at her window. A monster has come walking. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. It’s come to tell Connie tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, it wants the most dangerous thing of all. It wants the truth.

A Monster Calls is an extraordinary and heart-breaking tale of love, loss, hope, and above all, the courage it takes to survive.


Wednesday 20 March – 7:30pm

Thursday 21 March – 7:30pm

Friday 22 March – 2:30pm and 7:30pm 

Venue: Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0QW


Show Programme

This production contains themes of mental health, bullying, violence, references to cancer and death.

This amateur production of A Monster Calls is presented by arrangement with Jonathan Church Productions and Global Creatures Ltd.


Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale

‘Love or knowledge: which would you choose?’

1896, Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, while the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘blue stocking’ – an unnatural, educated woman.

Tess and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them.

Blue Stockings is the empowering and eye-opening story of four young women fighting to change the future of education.


Wednesday 27 March – 7:30pm

Thursday 28 March – 7:30pm

Friday 29 March – 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Venue: Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0QW

Show programme

This production contains themes of misogyny, references to and depictions of physical violence, references to death, references to mental illness

This amateur production of Blue Stockings is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

A Little Bit of Glitter in the Grey by Paloma Oakenfold

‘If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?’ 

A Little Bit of Glitter in the Grey follows the extraordinary life of a girl as she wakes on a lab table – a creation that has been patched together from the best bits of her parents, inspired by the poetry of Shakespeare…she is an experiment that broke the mould.

Based on true events, this is a defiant story of overcoming prejudice, smashing limitations, and finding self-acceptance.


Thursday 28 March – 6:15pm

Friday 29 March – 1:15pm and 6:15pm

Venue: Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0QW

Show Programme

This production contains themes of ableism, derogatory ableist language suicidal references

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