About the OSO
It took nearly five years to raise the money to refurbish the premises,
but The OSO Arts Centre, next to ASK Restaurant on Barnes
Common by the Pond has become an important part of the social
life of Barnes. The Centre opened in September 2002 and provides
a venue for theatre and live performances, art exhibitions,
dance classes, music, drama for all ages and abilities, writers'
groups, Yoga, Pilates classes, education opportunities...
in fact, anything and everything. Several events are run for
the benefit of the public with no charges involved.
What we do
Besides the daily activities, the artistic side is really flourishing.
Art exhibitions are held throughout the year. The theatre is immensely
popular with professional plays and musicals, amateurs being encouraged
to stage productions and free rehearsed play readings acted and directed
There are three studio spaces which can be adapted to one large space
or several computations of the three, with a sprung dance floor and soundproof
We also host private functions, anniversary parties, birthdays, charity
evenings and fund-raising events – and we have been granted a licence
to hold civil wedding ceremonies, perfect for those who wish to marry
and hold their wedding reception in the amazing setting of the OSO.
Come and visit us, volunteer your help, enjoy the facilities, have lunch,
come to a production, view the exhibitions, hold your parties –
the OSO is special and we're proud of it. Come and see for yourselves.