Mayor’s panel to raise awareness of mental health in Omnibus Wellbeing month

28 December 2018

Written by: Lambeth Council

Arts, culture and events - Focus on Clapham - Health and Wellbeing

Clapham Omnibus Theatre features plays for mental health in January – with a panel discussion chaired by Mayor Wellbelove at its centre.

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Mayor’s panel to raise awareness of mental health in Omnibus Wellbeing month

Omnibus Theatre, Clapham has a Wellbeing season of plays about mental health throughout January to help remove the stigma of mental distress and raise awareness in Lambeth

National Crisis?

Keystone to the programme is a panel discussion chaired by the Mayor of Lambeth, Christopher Wellbelove. The panel will ask the question: ‘Mental Health – A National Crisis?’ The discussion will include speakers from Mosaic Clubhouse, performers/writers in the Omnibus season, and Cllr Jacqui Dyer MBE Lambeth, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care. Mayor Wellbelove is also sponsoring a performance of the play ‘Hearing Things’ with proceeds to his chosen Charity Mosaic Clubhouse.

Free from stigma

Marie McCarthy of Omnibus says: “In January 2019 Omnibus Theatre will be a space where artists and audiences from Lambeth and beyond can delve into their experiences living with mental health free from stigma. Audiences are invited to partake in three dynamic theatre pieces that explore lived experiences of mental health through new writing, physical theatre, dance and discussion.”

Compassion and awareness

“We at Omnibus Theatre believe art has an incredible role to play in destigmatising mental health conditions and informing how we as a community can respond to this issue with compassion and awareness.”

The plays

  • Father figurine (4 – 5 Jan) – poignant spoken word poetry combines with hip hop dance to explore the fractured relationship between father and son. For tickets to Father Figurine
  • The Swimmer (5 Jan) With dollops of goose fat and a glint of foolhardy eccentricity our storyteller emerges from her modesty hut and sets out alone on an epic adventure –swimming to France. For tickets to the Swimmer
  • Hearing Things (8 – 27 Jan) – Returning after sell out success in 2017 Hearing Things is the result of a process which has instigated real change in the lives of patients-For tickets to Hearing Things
  • ‘Mental Health, a National Crisis’ on 9 Jan chaired by Mayor of Lambeth Christopher Wellbelove with a panel featuring Mosaic Clubhouse, the Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, and performers/writers from the Omnibus season, book online


More information

For more about What’s On at Clapham Omnibus, including their LGBT+ season for February 2019, see their information pages   Tel: Box Office 0207 498 4699 or E-mail: