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George | Omnibus Theatre

Clapham's Omnibus Theatre is the current home of George, a bold piece of new writing about the 1800’s French novelist, George Sand. Born Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin in 1804, the author pushed gender boundaries, going by a masculine pseudonym, wearing traditionally male clothing, fighting for women’s rights, and having lovers of different genders. Set in 1839, the play explores Sand’s relationship with actress, Marie Dorval, and a period of writer's block as George writes their first play, ‘Gabriel.’

There is clearly a great deal of love for the subject of George, and writer Léa des Garets portrays the titular character thoughtfully. Joined by Iniki Mariano as Dorval, and Conor Dumbrell as a slew of male characters, the cast work well together to flesh out George Sand’s world.

The script skilfully weaves together Sand’s life and the narrative of ‘Gabriel’, making use of Delyth Evans’ sleek, minimalist design comprised of drapes to allow for heightened storytelling, relying on shadows and playing with silhouettes. Rute Costa’s direction carefully guides us between past and present, fact and fiction.

At times, the lightness and fantastical elements of George can somewhat clash with the emotional heart of the piece, but the final monologue brings Sand’s struggles with writer’s block and self-expression into crystalline clarity.

It is an interesting exploration of gender fluidity in a historical context, and George Sand’s inherently theatrical story is suited well for the stage. George runs at the Omnibus Theatre until 14th July - for more information and tickets, you can follow the link here.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4*)

Gifted tickets in return for an honest review | photography by Marie Campain


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