Tom Manning’s Invisible Animal heads to Omnibus Theatre

New play Invisible Animal will open at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham this October.

Tom Manning’s piece will run at the London venue from 17 October – 4 November 2023.

Inspired by writer and actor Tom Manning’s experiences growing up autistic in a world built for neurotypicals, Invisible Animal follows Tom as he faces up to his internalised ableism.

Tom is challenged by the alter egos that help him navigate a neurotypical world that often fails to see him as the person he really is.

Invisible Animal is about ripping off the mask he was hiding behind and questioning why he was wearing one to begin with. Directed by Aisling Gallagher, the show has been created by a majority neurodivergent and disabled creative team.

Invisible Animal is a disabled-led production and accessibility is at the forefront of every element of the work for both artists and audiences. All shows will be captioned in English and in a relaxed environment.

Writer and performer Tom Manning said: “I wanted to write something that reflected my personal autistic experience. I’d love to get to a point where society was able to grow and appreciate the different ways of being that is the reality for so many autistic people. I don’t want other autistic people to grow up feeling like they have to live their lives aspiring to the neurotypical ideal. Hopefully Invisible Animal can go some way to pushing this forward.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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