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Bush Theatre announces new Community Associate Companies

The Bush Theatre today announced its new Associate Community Companies as This New Ground Collective, led by Spare Tyre and The Neighbourhood Company, led by Artist Molly Taylor.

Bush Community Associate Companies form a long-term, collaborative, creative relationship with the Bush theatre and are given the same resource support and status as Associate Artists. The Bush, alongside Lead Artists chosen by the companies, will develop a programme of regular artistic interventions and activities with these groups which will lead to a centrepiece project performed at the theatre.

This New Ground Collective

This New Ground is an ambitious initiative to elevate the artistic talents of people with learning disabilities based in Hammersmith and Fulham. This New Ground began as a community choir for people with learning disabilities in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and has since snowballed into something much bigger. Through their exchange projects, they aim to raise the bar for what communities like theirs can achieve and create vital, relevant new artworks for audiences to engage with. Through research and public engagement, they take this work into diverse contexts to cover new ground and deepen our understanding of what is possible. Their Collective of learning disabled and non-disabled artists is the driving force behind everything they do and they will work with Spare Tyre Theatre Company to create a performance for the Bush Theatre.

We are delighted to be the Associate Community Company at the Bush. Our partnership is an opportunity for the collective to collaborate with ground-breaking artists and create innovative, diverse work for new mediums – inspiring social change and celebrating human experience of all kinds.’ – Nathalie Carrington, Artistic Director of This New Ground

I am looking forward to working at the Bush Theatre because it’s an opportunity for me to work with people who are full of creative ideas and I hope to create something that will be remembered for all time even when we are no longer here. Shakespeare done things we still talk about act out and perform, why not us!’ – Faisal Yusuf, Member of This New Ground Collective.

Spare Tyre (Lead Artist)

Spare Tyre is one of the UK’s leading participatory arts charities, with 40 years’ experience of producing bold and powerful theatre with voiceless communities. We use innovative performing and digital arts to challenge prejudice and transform lives, enabling unheard stories to be shared. We currently work with people aged 60+, learning disabled adults, economically disadvantaged communities, women who’ve experienced violence, and people with dementia and carers. We empower participants and artists to have ownership of the creative process enabling personal and political fulfilment and overall wellbeing. Equality, accessibility and diversity are at the heart of everything we do.

The Neighbourhood Company 

The Neighbourhood Company has been running at the Bush Theatre since 2015 as a monthly community theatre group for adults from the local area. The group celebrates and reflects the rich culture of our area and the everyday lives of its residents.  The group will take on writing, acting, producing and stage management roles as they transition to becoming a company in their own right. They will work with Artist, Molly Taylor to create their first performance as The Neighbourhood Company at the Bush Theatre in 2019.

Members of the The Neighbourhood Company said;

The Neighbourhood Project is important because it gets the community together and it is a place where everyone is valued and given the opportunity to thrive in their creativity. This is the only place I can get away from the stress of life, enjoy myself and learn new skills. It is a really special thing to be a part of.’

Bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and abilities is amazing.’

Being a part of it has made me realize how much love and pride people have for Shepherds Bush.’

Molly Taylor

Molly Taylor is a playwright and theatre-maker who specialises in creating original performances inspired by the everyday. She blends lyrical yet down-to-earth storytelling to celebrate the relationship between the microcosm –  small, personal, idiosyncratic stories – and the macrocosm; the communities we inhabit. Her work is often drawn from research and autobiography, and she has worked extensively in the participatory sector.

Recent projects include: See Me Now (Young Vic / HighTide / Look Left Look Right), an original performance created with male, female and transgender sex workers. In 2017 she wrote And Yet It Moves (Young Vic Taking Part), and in 2016 she wrote and created The Neighbourhood Project (Bush Theatre), with a community company of local residents.

As a playwright, her one-woman show Love Letters to the Public Transport System was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, enjoyed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, and won the Critics Circle Award at Adelaide Fringe 2018.

Current projects include Cacophony, a new play for the Almeida Young Company to be staged in July 2018, and Extinguished Things which be staged at Summerhall throughout the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Holly Smith, the Bush Theatre’s Community Producer said;

The Community Associate Companies is such an exciting project because it allows the Bush to create deep, meaningful and long lasting relationships with our communities. It’s an exciting opportunity to influence the artistic work of the Bush, as well as highlighting the voices of communities that are often not heard. The participants take a lot of ownership over the direction the project goes in which is a really lovely process to see and be a part of.

 Bush Theatre announces autumn / winter 2018 season

An Adventure
An Adventure

An Adventure

The Bush Theatre announces Dismantle, curated by its Project 2036 participants

  • 6 plays to end the theatre’s 2018 season – including 3 new commissions and 2 world premieres  
  • Full cast announced for Vinay Patel’s An Adventure
  • Misty by Arinzé Kene transfers to the West End following an extended sell-out season at Bush Theatre    

The Bush Theatre today announce additions to their autumn / winter 2018 season with Artistic Director Madani Younis affirming their commitment to discover, nurture and produce the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, in a bold season of plays and events.

Madani Younis said, ‘As we announce the culmination of our 2018 and a forthcoming transfer into the West End, the journey and success of ‘Misty’ by Arinzé Kene shows the power of an organisation like ours to feed the city’s cultural ecology and to shape its future landscape.  We push the boundaries of new work until they clash head on with the inherent culture all around us – an impetus that’s present across the autumn / winter programme, from ‘An Adventure’, a trans-continental love story that we’ve blown-up to epic proportions, to Dismantle, a radical experiment by this year’s ‘Project 2036’ artists designed to place an uncomfortable spotlight on the power structures of our own industry.

I’m proud that we can shake up cultural offerings whilst still maintaining a great night out for our punters.  Expect to be challenged this season at the Bush, but also to be moved, to feel, to laugh and to cry.

One unexpected outcome of our ‘Misty’ transfer is that many of the creatives who will be working on that show will not be available for ‘Going Through’, which was originally programmed for the autumn.  We now look forward to welcoming them back into the building with the added bonus of the production stepping into our main house and so increasing the amount of people who can see this ground-breaking show

A Bush Theatre Festival

DISMANTLE by Project 2036

24 Jul – 4 Aug

How do we dismantle existing power structures, both in theatre and the wider world? And what should we build in their place?  Through workshops, installation, interactive performance and a house party, Dismantle: A Festival About Power will interrogate these questions.

This festival is created and curated by the current cohort of Project 2036, Milli Bhatia, Ingrid Marvin and Nina Segal. They facilitated a series of open conversations this year, to interrogate existing power structures in theatre – and how it intersects with gender, race, class, economics and education. This festival is the result of those conversations, exploring new potential models for the future.

Project 2036 is a programme run by the Bush Theatre, which offers three artists of colour – a director, a producer and a playwright – a year-long bursary, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and the opportunity to curate the Studio for a fortnight.

Throughout their residency, this year’s Project 2036 cohort have committed to widening access and sharing resources. To actively practice the redistribution of power, they have partnered with three Associate Companies, Art+ Feminism, Skindeep and Sisters Uncut, who will deliver and support workshop events as part of the opening week.

 

Project 2036 in association with Skindeep present

ZINE MAKING WORKSHOP

24 Jul at 7.30pm

A zine-making workshop responding to the theme of power structures in the theatre industry, led by Anna Himali Howard, supported by Associate Company Skindeep and Project 2036.

Prepare for an evening of radical discourse accompanied by cutting, sticking and photocopying.

The content created in this workshop will form part of a larger publishing project DISMANTLE: A ZINE ABOUT POWER. This zine will be created from content gathered throughout 2018 from Project 2036 associate artists, responses to an open call-out and material generated through this workshop. It will be published in September 2018 in paper and digital forms.

Anna Himali Howard is a director and theatre maker. Skindeep are a London-based multimedia platform that amplifies voices of colour through discussion of race and culture.

 

Project 2036 in association with Art+Feminism present

HACK THE INTERNET

25 Jul at 7.30pm

 

Who edits Wikipedia?

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as women – there are no statistics on how many of these are women of colour. The lack of inclusive participation had led to an alarming gap of content – and inherent bias – in the world’s most popular research tool.  For this workshop, Project 2036 will host an ART+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, as a way to begin to address that imbalance and improve online coverage of women of colour in the arts.  The workshop will include tutorials for beginners and editing support, alongside discussion and refreshments.

Art+Feminism run edit-a-thons and other initiatives to make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism and art-related subjects on Wikipedia.

 

THEATRE AND PROTEST WORKSHOP

26 Jul at 7.30pm

What are the theatrical elements of creative direct action?

Join Associate Company Sisters Uncut and Project 2036 to explore the connections between theatre and protest in an interactive workshop, rehearsing and recreating protest tactics.

Sisters Uncut is a feminist direct action group which fights against sexual, state and gendered violence.  They will draw on their own experiences, as well as looking at examples of other historical protests which helped inspire social justice movements.

 

Project 2036 presents

DISMANTLE HOUSE PARTY

27 Jul at 8.30pm

Turn up the music. Help yourself to food and drink. Make yourself comfortable. This is your house.

A large part of dismantling power structures is questioning the ways in which we use and access public spaces. How do we retake control of public spaces? After workshops and conversations investigating possible ways to invert the use of the Bush Theatre, Project 2036 have decided to take the potentially radical action of: throwing a house party.

Whether you’ve been to the Bush a hundred times or you’ve never been to any theatre before, this party is about engaging with the Studio at the Bush Theatre in a new way.

 

BECOMING ACTIVISTS OF THE FUTURE

28 Jul at 2pm

What do we hope the world will look like by the year 2036?

Census data suggests that by 2036, half of all young people in London will be of dual heritage.  Through a series of games and exercises, we aim to empower young people aged 8-14 to discuss what other changes they would like to see in the next eighteen years, and to examine ways in which they can become activists of their own futures.

 

DISMANTLE THIS ROOM

31 Jul – 4 Aug at 7pm & 9pm

 

Stage a violent revolution. Take them down from the inside. Blow the whistle. Or leave it all behind and entirely start over.

Dismantle This Room is an escape-the-room experience giving you the opportunity to interrogate – and consequently dismantle – the inherited (and often invisible) power structures in theatre. Which raises the question – what should we build in their place?

No matter how much or how little you know about the theatre industry, Dismantle this Room will be a provocative and uniting experience.

Dismantle This Room is an interactive performance collaboratively created by Milli Bhatia (Hijabi Monologues London), Ingrid Marvin and Nina Segal (In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises)Big Guns). The performance lasts an hour with an additional 30 minutes for informal conversation afterwards.

 

WORLD PREMIERE

A Bush Theatre production

AN ADVENTURE by Vinay Patel

 

Directed by Madani Younis

Designed by Rosanna Vize

Cast  – Nila Aalia, Martins Imhangbe, Aysha Kala, Selva Rasalingham, Shubham Saraf and Anjana Vasan

 

6 Sep – 20 Oct

Press Night 11 Sep

 

Vinay’s recent BBC drama Murdered by My Father was one of the smash-hits of 2016. Having broken onto the scene with the critically acclaimed True Brits, An Adventure will be his biggest and boldest play yet. A drama of unprecedented scope and heart, spanning seven decades and three continents, inspired by the experiences of his immigrant grandparents.

A borrowed suit. A half-remembered film. A life of homecomings.

“I’m not much now, I know, but I will be. So pick me Jyoti and I swear I will make us the greatest adventure you ever have.”

On a stormy night in 1954, a woman doomed to marry one of five men discovers the wildcard choice might just be the person she’d been hoping for all along. An Adventure follows headstrong Jyoti and her fumbling suitor Rasik as they ride the crest of the fall of Empire from the shores of post-Partition India to the forests of Mau Mau Kenya onto the industrial upheaval of 1970s London and the present day.

But what happens when youthful ambitions crash hard against reality? When you look back at the story of your time together, can you bear to ask yourself: Was it all worth it?

Witty, charming and full of fearless historical insight, An Adventure is an epic, technicolor love story from one of the country’s most promising young writers about the people who journeyed to these shores in hope and shaped the Britain we live in today.

This world premiere will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis (The RoyaleLeave Taking).

The cast includes Nila Aalia who has recently filmed A Discovery Of Witches – (all Souls Trilogy) for Bad Wolf Ltd as well as action-packed thrillerThe Commuter starring Liam Neeson.  Other TV and film credits include: Wolfblood (CBBC), The Rebel (Retort), The Intern (Boundless Productions), Scott & Bailey Season 2 (ITV) , Silent Witness (BBC), Diverted (Big Tree Productions), Whitechapel (Carnival Films), Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures), Outnumbered (Hat Trick), Bike Squad (Hat Trick), 5 Days (BBC/HBO), A Touch Of Frost (ITV), Torchwood (BBC), Broken News (BBC),Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Eastenders (BBC), Life isn’t all Ha Ha He he (BBC/Hat Trick), Taggart (ITV1/SMG TV), If Drugs Were Legal (BBC),Spooks (BBC/Kudos), A Good Year (Stripe Productions) . Stage Credits include: Bombay Dreams (Really Useful Theatre Company), Elder Latimer is In Love (Arcola Theatre), Ramayana (Sita Theatre), Mahabharata (Gita Productions), Instant Celebrity (Silver Star Productions). Martins Imhangbe’s theatre include Absolute HellBarber Shop ChroniclesThe RoyalLuceOctagonThe SkrikerLionboyDas DingRomeo and JulietCinderellaA Human Being Died That NightSold and What Does It Take. On film he appeared in The Last British Execution.  Aysha Kala trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her theatre work includes Obsession (Barbican), Frogman (Shoreditch Town Hall), Punk Play and Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), Khadija is 18 (Finborough) and Much Ado About Nothing (RSC).  Aysha has also appeared in two series of Indian Summers for Channel 4; Vicious and Shameless. Her film work includes Second Coming and Jadoo.  Aysha was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit of 2015. Selva Rasalingham’s theatre include The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe),Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Riots (Tricycle), Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (Tricycle, New Ambassadors),Midnight’s Children (RSC), On the Record (Arcola), The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes (Arcola). Television includes VersaillesEastendersSilent WitnessThe MissingHustleCasualty, LutherDoctor WhoSpooks (BBC); Run (Ch.4); Strike BackLegendsThe Borgias (Sky). Selva’s film appearances include Damascus CoverThe MummyGospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and JohnPrince of PersiaThe Veteran and Risen.  Shubham Saraf trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  His theatre appearances include: HamletAs You Like It and Lions and Tigers (Globe Theatre).  Film includes: OverlordThe Cut and Honour and television includes The Bodyguard (BBC) and Fresh Meat (Channel 4).  Anjana Vasan’s work in theatre includes: Summer and Smoke (Almeida) King LearA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Life of Galileo (Young Vic); Image of an Unknown Young Woman (Gate Theatre); DaraBehind The Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre); Macbeth (Park Armory New York/Manchester International Festival); The Taming of the Shrew; Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales). On television Anjana has appeared in Hang UpsIll BehaviourBlack MirrorCall the MidwifeFresh Meat and her films include The Children ActCinderella.

An Adventure has been made possible by a lead gift from Charles Holloway. The production is also generously supported by the Peter Wolff Theatre Trust, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, the London Community Foundation and the Bush Theatre’s Production Syndicate.

Middle Child in association with the Bush Theatre present

ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING 

Written by Luke Barnes

Music by James Frewer

Directed by Paul Smith

Designed by Bethany Wells

31 Oct – 24 Nov

Press Night 2 Nov

Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as ‘special’ as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality?

Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi-award winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes.

It’s a story about the world we inherited and the one we’re leaving behind. It’s the story of a million beating hearts. And an asteroid with other plans.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything has been awarded 2017 Broadway Bobby Award; 2017 The Stage Excellence Award for Acting for Marc Graham; ‘The Best of the Best 2017’ by the 730 Review and was an Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sell Out Show.

Middle Child are a Hull-based company creating gig theatre that brings people together for a good night out with big ideas. They tell untold stories which capture the electrifying moment when the beat drops, mixing original live music with bold new writing. Their events are live and loud, making sense of the modern world.

They are committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that theatre is affordable and accessible for all. They will set fire to your expectations of what a night at the theatre can be.

Middle Child are an associate company of Paines Plough and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, supported by Absolutely Cultured and Hull City Council. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything at the Bush Theatre is supported by the Backstage Trust.

 

A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production in association with Bush Theatre

DRIP words by Tom Wells & music by Matthew Robins

Cast: Andrew Finnigan

Director: Jane Fallowfield

Designer: Russ Henry
Lighting Designer: Adam Foley

3 – 22 Dec

Press Night 6 Dec

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour.

Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help.

There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim.

The original production was supported by Hull City Council and Hull UK City of Culture.

 

tutti fruitti and York Theatre Royal in association with the Bush Theatre present

SNOW QUEEN by Mike Kenny

Directed by Wendy Harris

Composer Ivan Stott

Designed by Kate Bunce​

3 – 8 Dec

Kai and Gerda had been friends for as long as they could remember. Day followed day, Always the same.

Until, in a whirl of magic and deception, splinters of a magical broken mirror blow in the wind, freezing hearts and changing everything!

As Kai is pulled under the spell of the powerful snow queen of ice and coldness, we follow Gerda’s quest to save her friend and return life to normal.

Can it ever be the same again?

Mike Kenny has taken Hans Christian Andersen’s most highly acclaimed story and simplified it into a tale for the young. Ivan Stott returns to tutti frutti (Underneath a Magical Moon) to create memorable music and songs accompanied by a typically beautiful tutti frutti design.

Join us on a winter journey about growing up, loyalty, friendship and the dangers of the unknown.

Especially for those aged 3+

 

A Bush Theatre and Antler co-production

LANDS by Antler

Created by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart with Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead

Directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart

Cast includes Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead

Additionally devised with Richard Perryman and Nasi Voutsas

13 Nov – 8 Dec

Press Night 15 Nov

Jaz Woodcock-Stewart is co-artistic director of Bush Associate company Antler who tell stories through theatre and film. Antler are winners of an IdeasTap Underbelly Award, winner of Pulse Festival Suitcase Prize, nominees for The Stage Best Ensemble Award, and winner of Best Short Fiction at BFI Future Film Festival. They have transferred shows to the Bush, Soho Theatre and toured the UK.

Leah and Sophie have been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here.

But there’s a problem. There’s a fucking massive problem and soon they’re going to have to talk about it. From their own lonely lands, Leah and Sophie seek to help each other, without quite knowing how.

The award-winning Antler return with a playful, intimate dissection of a relationship teetering on the edge of collapse. Lands is an absurd tragicomedy, exploring the impossibility of relationships and our inability to understand one another. This moving play arrives at the Bush following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Bush Associate Artists are kindly supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.

 

UK PREMIERE

A Bush Theatre co-production with the Institut Français du Royaume Uni as part of its Cross Channel Theatre and En Scène! programmes

GOING THROUGH by Estelle Savasta

Translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith

Directed by Omar Elerian

28 Mar – 27 Apr

Press Night 3 Apr

Writer and director Estelle Savasta runs ‘Hippolyte a mal au cœur’, a company creating ground-breaking bilingual work based in France. Her first play Seule dans ma peau d’âne received acclaim at the 2008 Molière awards. Going Through (originally Traversée) premiering at the Bush Theatre is her second play and will have its English language premiere at the Bush.

The little box is on the shelf. She is allowed to look at it and to touch it.

I am not allowed to open it.

She is not allowed to open it.

                I  promised.

She promised.​

For as long as she can remember, Nour has lived with Youmna. Youmna is beautiful and gentle and good, and she smells like the wind. She’s also deaf. But Youmna is not Nour’s mother, even though she wishes she was.

Nour’s journey begins without warning. The men come to drive her to a new life faraway, in a better place for girls like her. All she can take with her is a little box and the memory of Youmna’s loving hands.

Going Through is a poetic and touching story of one girl’s journey through adolescence, across borders and through a well-guarded secret. This bilingual production seamlessly mixes English and British Sign Language and is directed by Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (Misty, NASSIM, One Cold Dark Night, Islands).

Thank you to the Dorsett Shepherds Bush for their support in-kind.

 

Also at the Bush Theatre

Our Associate Artists programme is in its second year with an intake of three artists whose practice is focused on new writing and new work.  Supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Associate Artists will be attached to our new Studio.  We continue to work with last year’s artists Milk Presents, Deafinitely Theatre and ANTLER Theatre whilst this year welcoming new Associate Artists Sh!t Theatre, Gameshow and Rachel Bagshaw.

Up Next will hand over the power and resources to visionary BAMER leaders and artists.  Artistic Directors of the Future have partnered with the Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre to respond to the needs of ADF members in giving them practical leadership experience across a range of disciplines including artistic direction, producing, programming, fundraising, marketing and production and the opportunity to become part of a network of BAMER leaders going through a similar experience who can share learning and support each other. Tobi Kyeremateng, Sita Thomas and Ruthie Osterman will be handed the keys to the Bush Theatre in early 2019.

 

And in the West End

In Misty Arinzé Kene takes us on an epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart and dark soul of inner city London. An inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, Misty which premiered at the Bush Theatre in March and extended after a sell-out season transfers to the West End in September, opening at Trafalgar Studios on 8 September (press night 13 September).

Confronting the assumptions and expectations underpinning the act of telling a story, Misty is directed by Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (NASSIM, Islands) and features an original musical score performed live during the show.

 

Ticket prices at the Bush Theatre

Count Me In: £10 (Theatre)

Adult: From £20 (Theatre) and £10 (Studio)

Count Me In tickets are just £10 and are available for performances in the Theatre. These are unreserved tickets which will be allocated to a seat on the day of performance. Audience members might not be sitting next to the people they booked with but will be guaranteed a seat.

Concessions: Bush Locals, Senior Citizens, Disabled and Unemployed patrons, and Bush Connect (Students and U26) members will be eligible for concession prices.

Booking:

Phone                   020 8743 5050

In person             Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ

Online                  bushtheatre.co.uk

 

The sold-out Bush Theatre production of Arinzé Kene’s ‘Misty’ transfers to the West End

Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray
Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray

Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray

Following its sold-out run at the Bush Theatre, Arinzé Kene’s acclaimed Misty transfers to London’s Trafalgar Studios for six weeks only from 8 September 2018 (press night 13 September). Tickets go on sale at 10am on 29 June.

Through a blend of theatre, gig and performance poetry, Arinzé delivers an epic, heartfelt and playful exploration of creative freedom, set against a pulsating vision of modern London.

Misty is directed by Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (NASSIM, One Cold Dark NightIslands) and features an original musical score performed live during the show.

‘Here is the city that we live in

Notice that the city that we live in is alive

Analyse our city and you’ll find that our city even has bodily features

Our city’s organs function like any living creature

Our city is a living creature

And if you’re wise enough, you’ll know not all of us are blood cells…

Some of us are viruses.’

Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow, actor and writer Arinzé Kene was raised in London to Nigerian parents. His most recent plays include good dog, which tiata fahodzi theatre company toured throughout the UK in 2017, God’s Property, a co-production with Talawa, whichran at Soho Theatre in 2013 and Little Baby Jesus, directed by Che Walker at the Oval House Theatre, where his play Estate Walls was also produced. Arinzé was named ‘Most Promising Playwright’ at the Off West End Theatre Awards for Estate Walls in 2011, which was also nominated for Best New Play.

His original feature film, Seekers, is on the Brit List and currently in development. Arinzé was also involved in the development of the second series of Big Talk’s Youngers for E4, in which he played the part of Ashley.

On screen he appeared in new E4/Netflix Original series Crazyhead and took the lead of ‘Ade’ in the film The Pass opposite Russell Tovey for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 BIFA’s and won the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2016 Evening Standard Film Awards. On stage he played soul singing legend ‘Sam Cooke’ in One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse and in Girl from The North Country in the West End. Next he takes the lead role opposite Micaela Cole in Netflix’s acquired feature film, Been So Long and in the BBC’s new thriller, opposite Paddy Considine, Informer.

Omar Elerian is an award-winning Italian / Palestinian theatre director, deviser and performer who trained at Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris.  He joined the Bush in 2012 alongside Madani Younis and since then has been the resident Associate Director.  His directing credits for the Bush include NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour, One Cold Night by Nancy Harris, Islands by Caroline Horton and Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock.  As Associate Director he has worked alongside Madani Younis on the Bush’s productions of The RoyalePerseverance Driveand Chalet Lines.  Other credits include acclaimed site-specific production The Mill – City of Dreams, Olivier Award-nominated You’re Not Like the Other Girls ChrissyTesta di Rame (Italy), Les P’tites Grandes Choses (France) and L’Envers Du Décor (France).

Misty is the fourth theatre production Shiloh Coke has musically directed after having previously worked on the Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy (Julius CaesarHenry IV and The Tempest) for both stage and screen (including the New York transfer of The Tempest).

Shiloh’s acting stage credits include Into The Woods (Stratford Circus), Tomorrow’s World (Theatre Centre), The Litter (Bargehouse), Henry IV(Donmar Warehouse), The Chaplain (Yard Theatre), Henry IV (St Ann’s Warehouse NYC), The Tempest (Shakespeare Trilogy), Julius Caesar(Shakespeare Trilogy), Henry IV (Shakespeare Trilogy), The Tempest (St Ann’s Warehouse NYC).

Musical Director and musician Adrian McLeod has worked with various artists such as Toddla T, Chronixx, Sway and Plan B.

Rajha Shakiry is a freelance theatre designer and maker, who works across the spectrum of scripted and devised theatre, dance, musical theatre, and opera. Born in Iraq and educated in England, Rajha’s work has most recently been exhibited at the V&A (Make:Believe, 2015) and as a finalist at World Stage Design 2013.

Recent projects include: The Mountaintop (Young Vic/JMK), Mobile (The Paper Birds), The Head Wrap Diaries (Uchenna Dance) and Muhammad Ali & Me (Mojisola Adebayo). Rajha’s current collaborations include projects at the National Theatre, the Bush Theatre, and The Place.

Kirsty Housely is a theatre director, writer, dramaturg and an associate of Complicité. Work with Complicité includes: The Encounter (UK/International Tour – Co-Director), Seen and Not Heard (Southbank Centre), A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre – Dramaturg) and War and War (Pleasance). Other recent directing includes: The Believers Are But Brothers (Edinburgh Fringe and Bush Theatre); Wanted (Chris Goode and Company /Transform Festival/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Walking The Tightrope (Offstage andTheatre Uncut), All I Want (Live Theatre, Leeds Libraries and Jackson’s Lane) and Mass (Amy Mason / Bristol Old Vic / CPT). She is currently collaborating with Bryony Kimmings, Complicité, The Unicorn and the Bush Theatre. Her play Myth (written with Matt Hartley, from an original idea from Kirsty) was performed at the RSC in Spring 2017.

Sound Designer Elena Peña designed the sound for Hir by Taylor Mac and Islands by Caroline Horton at the Bush Theatre. Other theatre credits include: The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate); Pixel Dust and Wonder (Edinburgh Festival); The Bear/The ProposalFlashes (Young Vic); The Lounge (Soho Theatre – Offie Nomination For Best Sound Design); Boat (Company Three, Battersea Arts Centre); Years Of Sunlight (Theatre 503); Sleepless (Shoreditch Town Hall, Staatstheater Mainz); I Call My Brothers (Gate Theatre); Patrias (Sadlers Wells Theatre, Eif); Thebes Land, Brimstone And Treacle (Arcola Theatre); The Christians (Gate Theatre, Traverse Theatre); Brainstorm (ICT, National Theatre); The Kilburn PassionArabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre); Not Now Bernard (Unicorn Theatre); Pim & Theo (Nie With Odsherred Teater, Denmark, Unicorn Theatre); Mass Observation (Almeida Theatre); Village Social (National Theatre Wales); Quimeras (Sadlers Wells, Eif); The 13 MidnightChallenges Of Angelus Diablo (RSC); Gambling (Soho Theatre); My Name Is Sue (Soho Theatre, Bristol Old Vic); Under Milk Wood (Royal & Derngate).
Elena’s sound installation includes: Have Your Circumstances Changed? and Yes These Eyes Are The Windows (Artangel). Television/Online includes: Brainstorm Live at Television Centre (BBC4 and iPlayer); The Astro Science Challenge (Online Television Episodes, Unlimited Theatre).Radio includes: The Meet Cute (Recordist /Sd/Editor/Musician, BBC R4) Twelve Years (Recordist / SD / Editor, BBC R4).

Jackie Shemesh is a designer of lighting and space. He works internationally in dance, theatre, music and with performance and visual artists. Most recently he has designed for projects as part of Manchester International Festival 2017 (Yael Bartana – What if Women Ruled the World and Phil Collins – Ceremony); for new work by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company; and The Almeida’s productions of Robert Icke’s Mary Stuartand Uncle Vanya.

Jackie has designed for many theatre productions in the UK including works for Lyric Hammersmith; Bristol Old Vic; Duchess theatre and Trafalgar Studios West End; The Young Vic; Bush Theatre; Curve Theatre, Leicester and more. Jackie has designed the lighting for many dance companies including Batsheva Ensemble, Ballet Boyz, Arthur Pita/Sadler’s Wells, National Dance Company Wales, Scottish Dance Theatre, CanDoCo, Protein and Avant Garde among others. Other collaborations around Europe include the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Steirischer Herbst Festival Austria and several productions for the Hebbel Theatre Berlin.

Daniel Denton is a London based Video Designer and Animator and associate of video design collective Mesmer. A graduate of the University for the Creative Arts his background was originally in illustration and experimental film. He has gone on to animate and design visuals for a range of different media from theatre, opera, music, fashion, web and broadcast.

His original designs include: Alice in Winterland (The Rose Theatre); Flashdance: The Musical (UK Tour); As You Like It(Theatre By The Lake); To Love Somebody Melancholy (UK Tour); Ready Or Not (Arcola Theatre and UK Tour); Peter Pan(Exeter Northcott); Bumblescratch(Adelphi Theatre); Biedermann and the Arsonists (Sadler’s Wells).

Misty

8 September – 20 October at 7.30pm

Matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm

Audio described performance on 24 September at 7.30pm

Captioned performance on 1 October at 7.30pm

Age guidance – 14+, please note that strong language is used in this production

Ticket prices from £10

Booking:

http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios/

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY

0844 871 7632 (Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge)

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Cast announced for Winsome Pinnock’s ‘Leave Taking’ at Bush Theatre

Winsome Pinnock is ‘the godmother of Black British playwrights’ (The Guardian) who defined and inspired a generation with her work for the stage.

To begin Bush Theatre’s three-year initiative Passing the Baton, introducing or reacquainting theatregoers with the artists of colour who carved their way through British playwriting with distinction, paving the way for many of the writers and performers who appear at Bush Theatre, Artistic Director Madani Younis will direct a contemporary revival of Leave Taking, Pinnock’s classic, award-winning play from 24 May to 30 June (press night 31 May).

For each of the three years of Passing the Baton, a promising emerging writer of colour will be given a full length commission for the main house alongside mentoring to develop their work, so passing the baton between established writers and emerging writers of colour.  The first writer will be announced in May.

‘Passing the Baton will create a dialogue between past, present and future generations’ –  Winsome Pinnock

The cast of Leave Taking has today been announced as Adjoa Andoh (Mai), Seraphina Beh (Del), Nicholle Cherrie (Viv), Wil Johnson (Brod), Sarah Niles (Enid).

 

In Deptford, Del and Viv are soul-sick.  Del doesn’t want to be at home – staying out late, 3pm-the-next-day late is more her thing.  Viv scours her school books trying to find a trace of herself between their lines.

When Enid takes her daughters to the local ‘Obeah’ woman for some traditional Caribbean soul healing, secrets are spilled.  There’s no turning back for Del, Viv and Enid as they negotiate the frictions between their countries and cultures.

Two generations.  Three incredible women.  Leave Taking is the epic story of what we leave behind in order to find home.

Winsome Pinnock won the George Devine Award for Leave Taking in 1991 and was the first black British woman to have a play produced at the National Theatre. She has written numerous, award-winning plays that put black experiences centre-stage. In 2017, Winsome’s short play The Principles of Cartography opened the newly refurbished Bush Theatre as part of Black Lives, Black Words.

Winsome Pinnock said:

‘The young woman that I was when I first wrote Leave Taking looked forward to a post-racial world. The play was last produced in London in 1997 so I was thrilled when in October 2017 the Bush Theatre informed me that they were going to revive the play.  The exciting news also gave me pause to reflect on whether the goals of my parents’ generation – often called the Windrush generation and the focus of the play – had been achieved.

That same month the government released its Racial Disparity Audit. Twenty years after Leave Taking was last produced in London the statistics reveal that BAME people continue to face discrimination in almost every sphere of social life whether it be within the criminal justice system, housing or employment. It brought into focus the importance of Passing the Baton which I am immensely proud to be part of. The initiative will create a dialogue between past, present and future generations as well give a voice to those who continue to be marginalised.’

Adjoa Andoh is making her Bush Theatre debut.  Previous theatre includes Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre), Assata Taught Me (Gate Theatre), Soul(Royal & Derngate, Hackney Empire), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse), Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre), Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic), Julius Caesar (RSC),  Or You Could Kiss Me (National Theatre),  Joe Turner’s Come and GoneIn The Red And Brown Water (Young Vic), The Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre), Purgatorio (Arcola), Sugar Mummies (Tricycle), Nights at the Circus (Lyric, Hammersmith), Blood Wedding (Almeida Theatre), His Dark Materials (National Theatre), In The Bunker With The Ladies (Drill Hall), Stuff Happens(National Theatre), Pericles (Lyric, Hammersmith), The Vagina Monologues (Old Vic), Breath Boom (Royal Court), A Streetcar Names Desire(National Theatre studio), The Dispute (RSC/Lyric Hammersmith), Starstruck (Tricycle), Tamburlaine and The Odyssey (RSC), Death Catches the Hunter (Traverse), Love at A Loss (BAC National tour), Cloud Nine (Contact), The Snow Queen  and Glory (Lyric, Derby Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Our Day Out (Birmingham Rep), Princhdice and Co (Women’s Theatre Group), Crowned With Fame (Swan RSC), Getting Through(International tour), Twice Over (Gay Sweatshop), Lear’s Daughters (Women’s Theatre Group). On film Adjoa has appeared in Brotherhood,RemainderJulius CaesarInvictusAdulthoodEvery Time I Look at YouA Rather English Marriage, I Is a Long Married Woman and What My Mother Told Me.

Television includes Death in Paradise (BBC), Acceptable Risk (RTE) Liar (ITV), Line of DutyNew TricksRiver (BBC), Cucumber (Ch4), Brian Pern: Death of Rock (BBC4), Broadchurch: Series 2 (ITV), Wizards vs Aliens (CBBC), The Interceptor (BBC), Chasing Shadows (ITV), Grandpa in My Pocket (CBBC), Law and OrderScott and Bailey (ITV), Missing (BBC), Mrs. Inbetweeny (BBC3), MI HighDoctor WhoThe Shadow in the North,  (BBC), Wire in the Blood (ITV), Chopra TownSilent Witness (BBC), The Bill (ITV), Dalziel & PascoeEvery Time I Look At YouCasualtyIn Search of Myths and HeroesMacbethJonathan CreekA Rather English MarriageClose Relations (BBC), The BillPeak PracticeThieftakers (ITV), Brass Eye(Ch4), Twelve Angry Men (ITV), An Independent Man (BBC), Tomorrow PeopleCircle of Deceit (ITV), What My Mother Told Me (Film Four), Health and Efficiency , Brittas Empire (BBC), Birthrights; West Indian Women at War (Ch4), The Missing FingerEastenders (BBC), The South Bank Show(ITV), One in Four A Short Film About MemoirsBedtime Stories (BBC).

Seraphina Beh recently appeared in the Bush Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Parliament Square. Her other theatre credits include: Pigeon EnglishRomeo & JulietDNA (National Youth Theatre); Cosmic Jives (Albany Theatre); Black Attack (Bush Theatre); My Beautiful City (Arcola Theatre); Jack and The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith); OndistingRomeo & Juliet Et Al and Skeen (Ovalhouse Theatre). Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Game Face (Objective Productions) and Live at The Electric (Avalon Television).

Nicholle Cherrie is a recent graduate of Arts Ed. Her theatre credits include: Mamma Mia (Cyprus) in the role of Lisa and Jesus Christ Superstar(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Whilst in training her credits include: The LifeThe Mystery of Edwin DroodWish Me LuckCandideHay Fever(Arts Ed); My Lifelong Love; Olivier Awards 2016; Olympia Horse Show.

Wil Johnson Wil Johnson is an extraordinary stage actor whose extensive credits include: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic), King Lear(Royal Exchange), A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre), Fuente Ovejuna (Royal National Theatre), Redundant (Royal Court), A Mad World My Masters (Shakespeare’s Globe), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), The Queen and I (Out Of Joint), Torn (Arcola Theatre) and the lead in Othello(Royal Lyceum). Most recently, Wil appeared in Fuente Ovejuna (National Theatre).

TV credits include Carnival Row (Legendary), Outlander (Starz/Amazon), Vera (ITV), Waking the Dead (BBC), Lewis (ITV), The Five and Clocking Off(Red Productions), Moving On (LA Productions) and BAFTA best drama series, Cracker (Granada Television). Wil has also appeared in Waterloo Road (Shed Production), Hollyoaks (C4) and Emmerdale (ITV Yorkshire).

Wil’s film credits include Adulthood (Adulthood ltd), Anuvahood (Revolver), Midnight Breaks (Film 4), Dead End (Oceanstorm films) and Macbeth(Green Screen Productions).

Sarah Niles last appeared at the Bush Theatre in The Interrogation of Sandra Bland as part of Black Lives, Black Words. Her theatre credits include: BThe Sewing GroupFather Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), Truth & Reconciliation (Royal Court); Boy (Almeida); The Crucible (Old Vic); Anthony & Cleopatra (RSC/Off Broadway); TableMrs Affleck (National); A Question of Freedom (Feelgood); The Long Road(Curve, Leicester); The Quiet Little Englishman (Zho Visual); Play Size (ATC/Young Vic); Bones (Bush Theatre); The Bogus WomanThe Lion the Witch & the WardrobeTo Kill a Mockingbird (Haymarket, Leicester); Entarete Musik (Amazonia Theatre Company); Lowdown High Notes (Red Ladder);Black Love (Black Arts Development Project); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Manchester Library).

Madani Younis took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. Last year, he was appointed to the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board to advise Sadiq Khan on issues facing the creative industries and culture sector and help him craft a bold new Culture Strategy for London.  In 2016 he directed the world premiere of Zaida and Aadam by Gbolahan Obisesan and revived 2015’s critically acclaimed production of The Royaleby Marco Ramirez. In 2013 he won the Groucho Club Maverick Award for the theatre, following the most successful season in the theatre’s history which played to 99% capacity. Also for the Bush Theatre he has directed Perseverance Drive and Chalet Lines. Prior to his appointment at the Bush Theatre, he was Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford, Yorkshire where his work included the site-specific work, The Mill – City of Dreams. He has also worked nationally and internationally as a theatre director, writer and practitioner. Whilst at Freedom Studios he collaborated with the Bush Theatre through workshops culminating in Freedom’s two-week residency in 2010 at the theatre. He was previously Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Asian Theatre School. He originally trained in film, and his debut short film Ellabellapumpanella, commissioned by the UK Film Council, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. He was the recipient of the Decibel Award at the South Bank Awards show in 2006.

Designer Rosanna Vize trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  She has worked regularly as an assistant to Anna Fleischle and was the resident design assistant for the RSC from September 2014 – September 2015.  She was a Linbury Prize Finalist in 2013 working with English Touring Opera and is currently one of the Jerwood Young Designers. Rosanna’s theatre work includes: King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe, Dir: Nancy Meckler), The Earthworks & Myth (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Almighty Sometimes (Royal Exchange Manchester), Yous Two and The Phlebotomist(Hampstead Theatre), Henry I (Reading Between the Lines),  Girls (Soho Theatre, Hightide & Talawa Theatre), FUP (Kneehigh Theatre), Noye’s Fludde (Kneehigh Theatre), Dark Land Lighthouse (Bristol Old Vic), St Joan of the Stockyards (Bristol Old Vic), A Thousand Seasons Passed (Bristol Old Vic), The Tinder Box (Bristol Old Vic), The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic), Talon (Bristol Old Vic), Diary of a Madman (The Gate Theatre), The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco (The Gate Theatre), Infinite Lives (Tobacco Factory Theatre), Banksy: The Room in the Elephant(Tobacco Factory Theatre and Traverse Theatre), Coastal Defences (Tobacco Factory Theatre) Edward Gants Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), The Wicked Lady (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), The Picture of John Grey (The Old Red Lion), Measure for Measure (Oxford School of Drama).  Opera includes: Don Giovanni (Hampstead Garden Opera), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC & Garsington Opera).

BushGreen Live post-show events are free to ticket holders and will include

Post-Show Q&A: Wed 6 June

Ask cast and creatives about the creation and performance of Leave Taking after the show.

Misty

24 May – 30 June at 7.30pm

Wednesday matinees on 6, 13, 20, 27 June at 2.30pm

Saturday matinees on 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June at 2.30pm

Audio described performance on Sat 9 June at 2.30pm

Captioned performance on Thurs 21 June at 7.30pm

 

Ticket prices

Count Me In: £10

Adult: From £20

Count Me In tickets are just £10 and are available for performances in the Theatre. These are unreserved tickets which will be allocated to a seat on the day of performance. Audience members might not be sitting next to the people they booked with but will be guaranteed a seat.

Concessions: Bush Locals, Senior Citizens, Disabled and Unemployed patrons, and Bush Connect (Students and U26) members will be eligible for concession prices.

Booking:

Phone                   020 8743 5050

In person             Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ

Online                  bushtheatre.co.uk

Sell Out run of MISTY extends at Bush Theatre

Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray
Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray

Arinze Kené in Misty © Helen Murray

Due to ticket demand the current run of Misty written and performed by Arinzé Kene has been extended until 27 April with 60 more ‘Count Me In’ £10 tickets released.

Arinzé takes us on an epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart and dark soul of inner city London. An inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, Misty which opened at the Bush Theatre on 15 March (press night 21 March) confronts the assumptions and expectations underpinning the act of telling a story.

Misty is directed by Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (NASSIM, Islands) and features an original musical score performed live during the show.

‘Here is the city that we live in

Notice that the city that we live in is alive

Analyse our city and you’ll find that our city even has bodily features

Our city’s organs function like any living creature

Our city is a living creature

And if you’re wise enough, you’ll know not all of us are blood cells…

Some of us are viruses.’

Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow, actor and writer Arinzé Kene was raised in London to Nigerian parents. His most recent plays include good dog,which tiata fahodzi toured throughout the UK in 2017, God’s Property, a co-production with Talawa, which ran at Soho Theatre in 2013 and Little BabyJesus, directed by Che Walker at the Oval House Theatre, where his play Estate Walls was also produced. Arinzé was named ‘Most Promising Playwright’ at the Off West End Theatre Awards for Estate Walls in 2011, which was also nominated for Best New Play.

His original feature film, Seekers, is on the Brit List and currently in development. Arinzé was also involved in the development of the second series of Big Talk’s Youngers for E4, in which he played the part of Ashley.

On screen he appeared in new E4/Netflix Original series Crazyhead and took the lead of ‘Ade’ in the film The Pass opposite Russell Tovey for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 BIFA’s and won the Best Supporting Actor award at the 2016 Evening Standard Film Awards. On stage he played soul singing legend Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse and most recently appeared in the West End in Girl from The North Country. Next he takes the lead role opposite Michaela Cole in Netflix’s acquired feature film, Been So Long and in the BBC’s new thriller Informeropposite Paddy Considine.

Omar Elerian is an award-winning Italian / Palestinian theatre director, deviser and performer who trained at Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris.  He joined the Bush in 2012 alongside Madani Younis and since then has been the resident Associate Director.  His directing credits for the Bush include NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour, One Cold Night by Nancy Harris and Islands by Caroline Horton.  As Associate Director he has worked alongside Madani Younis on the Bush’s productions of The RoyalePerseverance Drive and Chalet Lines.  Other credits include acclaimed site-specific production The Mill – City of Dreams, Olivier Award-nominated You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy, Testa di Rame (Italy), Les P’tites Grandes Choses (France) and L’Envers Du Décor (France).

Misty is the fourth theatre production Shiloh Coke has musically directed after having previously worked on the Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy (Julius CaesarHenry IV and The Tempest) for both stage and screen (including the New York transfer of The Tempest).

Shiloh’s acting stage credits include Into The Woods (Stratford Circus), Tomorrow’s World (Theatre Centre), The Litter (Bargehouse), Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse), The Chaplain (Yard Theatre), Henry IV (St Ann’s Warehouse NYC), The Tempest (Shakespeare Trilogy), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Trilogy),Henry IV (Shakespeare Trilogy) and The Tempest (St Ann’s Warehouse NYC).

Musical Director and musician Adrian McLeod has worked with various artists such as Toddla T, Chronixx, Sway and Plan B.

Rajha Shakiry is a freelance theatre designer and maker, who works across the spectrum of scripted and devised theatre, dance, musical theatre, and opera. Born in Iraq and educated in England, Rajha’s work has most recently been exhibited at the V&A (Make:Believe, 2015) and as a finalist at World Stage Design 2013. Recent projects include: The Mountaintop (Young Vic/JMK), Mobile (The Paper Birds), The Head Wrap Diaries (Uchenna Dance) andMuhammad Ali & Me (Mojisola Adebayo). Rajha’s current collaborations include projects at the National Theatre, the Bush Theatre, and The Place.

Kirsty Housely is a theatre director, writer, dramaturg and an associate of Complicité. Work with Complicité includes: The Encounter (UK/International Tour – Co-Director), Seen and Not Heard (Southbank Centre), A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre – Dramaturg) and War and War (Pleasance). Other recent directing includes: The Believers Are But Brothers (Edinburgh Fringe and Bush Theatre); Wanted (Chris Goode and Company /Transform Festival/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Walking The Tightrope (Offstage andTheatre Uncut), All I Want (Live Theatre, Leeds Libraries and Jackson’s Lane) and Mass (Amy Mason / Bristol Old Vic / CPT). She is currently collaborating with Bryony Kimmings, Complicité, The Unicorn and the Bush Theatre.Her play Myth (written with Matt Hartley, from an original idea from Kirsty) was performed at the RSC in Spring 2017.

Sound Designer Elena Peña designed the sound for Hir by Taylor Mac and Islands by Caroline Horton at the Bush Theatre. Other theatre credits include: The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate); Pixel Dust and Wonder (Edinburgh Festival); The Bear/The ProposalFlashes (Young Vic); The Lounge (Soho Theatre – Offie Nomination For Best Sound Design); Boat (Company Three, Battersea Arts Centre); Years Of Sunlight (Theatre 503); Sleepless (Shoreditch Town Hall, Staatstheater Mainz); I Call My Brothers (Gate Theatre); Patrias (Sadlers Wells Theatre, Eif); Thebes Land, Brimstone And Treacle (Arcola Theatre); The Christians (Gate Theatre, Traverse Theatre); Brainstorm (ICT, National Theatre); The Kilburn PassionArabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre); Not Now Bernard (Unicorn Theatre); Pim & Theo (Nie With Odsherred Teater, Denmark, Unicorn Theatre); Mass Observation (Almeida Theatre); Village Social (National Theatre Wales); Quimeras (Sadlers Wells, Eif); The 13 Midnight Challenges Of Angelus Diablo (RSC); Gambling (Soho Theatre); My Name Is Sue (Soho Theatre, Bristol Old Vic); Under Milk Wood (Royal & Derngate).
Elena’s sound installation includes: Have Your Circumstances Changed? and Yes These Eyes Are The Windows (Artangel). Television/Online includes: Brainstorm Live at Television Centre (BBC4 and iPlayer); The Astro Science Challenge (Online Television Episodes, Unlimited Theatre). Radio includes: The Meet Cute (Recordist /Sd/Editor/Musician, BBC R4) Twelve Years (Recordist / SD / Editor, BBC R4).

Jackie Shemesh is a designer of lighting and space. He works internationally in dance, theatre, music and with performance and visual artists. Most recently he has designed for projects as part of Manchester International Festival 2017 (Yael Bartana – What if Women Ruled the World and Phil Collins –Ceremony); for new work by Ben Duke for Rambert Dance Company; and The Almeida’s productions of Robert Icke’s Mary Stuart and Uncle Vanya. Jackie has designed for many theatre productions in the UK including works for Lyric Hammersmith; Bristol Old Vic; Duchess theatre and Trafalgar Studios West End; The Young Vic; Bush Theatre; Curve Theatre, Leicester and more. Jackie has designed the lighting for many dance companies including Batsheva Ensemble, Ballet Boyz, Arthur Pita/Sadler’s Wells, National Dance Company Wales, Scottish Dance Theatre, CanDoCo, Protein and Avant Garde among others. Other collaborations around Europe include the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Steirischer Herbst Festival Austria and several productions for the Hebbel Theatre Berlin.

BushGreen Live post-show events are free to ticket holders –

Post-Show Q&A: Thu 12 April

Ask cast and creatives about the creation and performance of Misty.

Theatre Dialogue: Wed 18 April

Discuss the show with fellow audience members and independent producers Maddy Costa and Rhiannon Armstrong after the 7.30pm show. Free to ticket holders from any performance of Misty.

Misty

15 March – 27 April at 7.30pm

Wednesday matinees on 11 & 18 April at 2.30pm

Saturday matinees on 14 and 21 April at 2.30pm

Audio described performance on Sat 14 April at 2.30pm

Captioned performance on Thurs 19 April at 7.30pm

Age guidance – 14+, please note that strong language is used in this production

 

Ticket prices

Count Me In: £10

Adult: From £25

Count Me In tickets are just £10 and are available for performances in the Theatre. These are unreserved tickets which will be allocated to a seat on the day of performance. Audience members might not be sitting next to the people they booked with but will be guaranteed a seat.

Concessions: Bush Locals, Senior Citizens, Disabled and Unemployed patrons, and Bush Connect (Students and U26) members will be eligible for concession prices.

Booking:

Phone                   020 8743 5050

In person             Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ

Online                  bushtheatre.co.uk

 

The Believers Are But Brothers at the Bush Theatre – enveloping the audience in a digital realm

TRANSFORM FESTIVAL 2017 Javaad Alipoor The Believers are but Brothers
TRANSFORM FESTIVAL 2017 Javaad Alipoor The Believers are but Brothers

Javaad Alipoor
The Believers are but Brothers
Credit: The Other Richard

Writer and theatre maker Javaad Alipoor presents his 2017 Scotsman Fringe First Award-winning play The Believers Are But Brothers at the Bush Theatre from 24 January (Press Night 26 January).  This morning the shows’ use of WhatsApp live group chat, putting technology at the core of the performance, has been shortlisted for The Stage newspaper’s Innovation Award.

We live in a time where old orders are collapsing: from the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy and extremist groups rip up political certainties.

Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment, without the money, power and sex they think they deserve. This crisis of masculinity leads them into an online world where fantasy, violence and reality collide.

The Believers Are But Brothers envelops its audience in this digital realm, exploring the blurry and complex world of extremists, journalists and fantasists in an electronic maze of meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right and ISIS.   This bold one-man show weaves together their stories to reveal a vast web of resentment, violence and power just one click away.

Writer and performer, Javaad Alipoor, said ‘I’m really proud and excited to be bringing this show to the Bush, where it will sit within a season that reflects on the issues and voices shaping contemporary Britain.  It means a great deal to me to present my work at a theatre that is one of the historic engines of new writing in the UK, where a commitment to diversity goes beyond representation or deficit, and is so central to the amazing work that is being presented and made there.

As part of the performance, audiences will be invited to join a WhatsApp group for the show.  This is optional but will enhance the experience.  (After each show, the WhatsApp group if cleared and phone numbers deleted from the phones used by Front of House).

Both a Resident Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, and Artistic Director of Northern Lines, Javaad Alipoor’s work comes from discussions and workshops with communities that don’t usually engage with mainstream theatre.  His previous work includes Orgreave: An English Civil War, about the Miners’ Strike and the Arab Spring and My Brother’s Country – about murdered Iranian pop icon Fereydoun Farrokhzad.

Co-director Kirsty Housley is an associate of Complicité, with whom her work includes: The Encounter (UK/International Tour – Co-Director), Seen and Not Heard (Southbank Centre), A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre – Dramaturg) and War and War (Pleasance). Other recent directing include: Wanted (Chris Goode and Company /Transform Festival/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Walking The Tightrope (Offstage and Theatre Uncut), All I Want (Live Theatre, Leeds Libraries and Jackson’s Lane) and Mass (Amy Mason / Bristol Old Vic / CPT). She is currently collaborating with Bryony Kimmings, Complicité, The Unicorn and the Bush Theatre. Her play Myth (written with Matt Hartley, from an original idea from Kirsty) opened at the RSC in Spring 2017.

Kirsty said, ‘In times of increasing political polarisation, where the way we communicate and the way we receive information is changing faster than we can keep pace with, we have tried to look at how these things are connected. How the way we communicate and the tools we use to interact with the world are in turn shaping the world we inhabit. Is there something about the internet that favours the extreme? What do we even mean by extremism? Believers creates different groups in different forms, and begins to nudge at what can only be said online, and what can only be said face to face.’

Dramaturg Chris Thorpe was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and still works and tours with the company. He is also an Artistic Associate of live art/theatre company Third Angel. He has worked with, among others, Forest Fringe, Slung Low, Chris Goode, RashDash, Belarus Free Theatre and Portuguese experimental company mala voadora – his fourth piece for the company, Your Best Guess opened at Lisbon’s Almada festival in 2015. He also plays guitar in Lucy Ellinson’s political noise project #TORYCORE and works with the National Student Drama Festival.

Chris is an Associate at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. His play for the Exchange, There Has Possibly Been An Incident was selected by Simon Stephens for the Stuckemarktin Berlin, 2014.  It has been produced in Denmark and Sweden, on German radio, and is has been produced in Saarbrucken and Vienna, with more productions in the pipeline. He has an ongoing collaboration with director Rachel Chavkinfrom New York’s TEAM. Their first piece Confirmation, is currently touring internationally and they are starting to develop their next. His other main collaborator is poet Hannah Jane Walker with whom he made The Oh Fuck Moment and I Wish I Was Lonely.

Currently, Chris is touring Confirmation and Unlimited’s Am I Dead Yet? He is writing a new version of Beowulf for the Unicorn Theatre, and has written a new piece, Victory Condition, for the Royal Court which will be produced there in 2017. He recently wrote Chorus for The Iphegenia Quartet at The Gate Theatre. He is also working on The Mysteries for the Royal Exchange with Sam Pritchard, who directed There Has Possibly Been An Incident. His piece for director Rachel Bagshaw, The Shape of the Pain, is currently in development.

The texts for There Has Possibly Been An Incident and Confirmation, as well as work with Hannah Jane Walker, are published by Oberon Books. His work with mala voadora is published in English and Portuguese. Chris is the Arvon mentor for playwrighting, 2016/17 and one of the three Jerwood New Playwrights 2017 by the Royal Court Theatre.

Stage and lighting designer Ben Pacey designs sets, spaces, lighting and interactive environments and has made installations, animations, and written performance texts.  Ben’s designs include The Mostly Everything People’s Very Important Child; Greg Wohead’s Comeback SpecialAdventures of the Little Ghost for Sophie Nüzel; Kiln Ensemble’s A Journey Around My Skull; Melanie Wilson’s Landscape II (co-design).  Lighting includes Sleepdogs’ Dark Land Light HouseThrive for Zest Theatre; Leila McMillan’s Family Portrait; Uninvited Guests’ This Last Tempest and Make Better Please; Kiln Ensemble’s The Furies; and Melanie Wilson’s Autobiographer.  As an artist/maker, he co-directs Dens & Signals (Feast of the Dead, The Wake, A Thousand Shards of Glass). He’s an associate artist of Coney.

Simon McCrorry has been making music and creating sound design for theatre and film for over 15 years, working with theatre companies including Headlong, Old Vic Productions, Tiata Fahodzi, Theatre Hullabaloo & Cirque Bijou. His Sound design and music for theatre credits include: The Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Ceirw – Savage Hart(Citrus Arts); Solaris (Štátne Divadlo Košice); Vincent River (Old Vic Productions); Joe Guy (Tiata Fahodzi); Iye Ile (Tiata Fahodzi); Boi Boi Is Dead (Tiata Fahodzi & West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Winters’ Tale (Headlong & Schtanhaus); Blue Orange (Tiata Fahodzi); Guantanamo Boy (Brolly Productions); Bacchic (Actors of Dionysus); Lemn Sissay’s Why I Don’t Hate White PeopleLittle Red Riding HoodRapunzel (Liverpool Everyman); Breeze(Kolesk Dance).  Film credits include: May You Never Die(dir Guy Davies), Emily (dir Guy Davies), Tracker (dir Matthew McGuchan), Sick To My Bones (dir Guy Davies), One Day (dir James Barriscale), Beauty and Brains (dir Catherine Donaldson), The Surroundings and Its Bearings (dir Ambrose Yalley).

Video designer Adam Radolinski has spent last six years working as a Creative Producer. During this time he has developed, produced and delivered over a hundred video for a social media platforms – advertising, fashion videos, content video, corporate, creative and music videos, for diverse clients in many countries, including worldwide brands. He is developing artistic projects of multimedia and visual-art for exhibitions and theatre’s plays in UK, Italy, Poland and UAE.

Video designer Jack Offord has created imagery and projection design for a diverse range of shows including The Rest of Your Life (Bush Theatre), The Light Princess (Tobacco Factory Theatres), site-specific piece The Stick House (Raucous), Wulf (Bristol Old Vic Ferment), Educating Rita (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse) and a raft of Bristol Old Vic shows including MessiahTalon, and Pigeon English.

The Believers Are But Brothers

24 Jan – 10 Feb at 7.30pm

Wednesday matinees on 31 Jan and 7 Feb at 2.30pm

Saturday matinees on 3 & 10 Feb at 2.30pm

Audio described performance on Sat 3 Feb at 2.30pm

 

Ticket prices

 

Count Me In: £10

Adult: From £20

Count Me In tickets are just £10 and are available for performances in the Theatre. These are unreserved tickets which will be allocated to a seat on the day of performance. Audience members might not be sitting next to the people they booked with but will be guaranteed a seat.

Concessions: Bush Locals, Senior Citizens, Disabled and Unemployed patrons, and Bush Connect (Students and U26) members will be eligible for concession prices.

Booking:

Phone                   020 8743 5050

In person             Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ

Online                  bushtheatre.co.uk

 

The Bush Theatre is generously supported by Arts Council England.

Bush Theatre announces 2018 season – Meet the Writers

The Bush Theatre has announced 8 plays as part of its 2018 season – including 2 new commissions, 3 world premieres and 1 UK premiere

  • This season sees the launch of Passing the Baton –a 3-year programming initiative dedicated to revivals of work by BAMER artists beginning with Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking and including a mentoring scheme to nurture the next generation of BAMER writers
  • The season continues the theatre’s commitment to producing the best new playwrights and speaking up for diversity in all its forms 
  • Announcement includes portraits of the season’s writers in collaboration with photographer Bronwen Sharp
Madani Younis © Richard Davenport

Madani Younis © Richard Davenport

The Bush Theatre today announced their 2018 season with Artistic Director Madani Younis affirming their commitment to discover, nurture and produce the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, in a bold season of plays for year two in its recently refurbished home.

The theatre’s new building, designed by Haworth Tompkins, opened in March and since then over 20,000 people have seen a show there, 56% of whom were first-time visitors.  Shows such as Black Lives, Black Words and Hijabi Monologues London have brought international movements to the immediate community and have been met with capacity audiences. The revitalised building has also enabled the theatre to broaden its talent development work, which includes the continuation of the Associate Companies, schemes Project 2036 and Up Next, as well as the Bush Theatre’s community work – including young people’s new writing initiative NT Connections and the theatre’s Community Associate Companies scheme.

Artistic Director Madani Younis said,

‘I am so proud to be announcing yet another season of bold new plays for our newly revitalised home, with the new initiative of ‘Passing the Baton’ at its heart. ‘Passing the Baton’ is a yearly commitment by the Bush Theatre to celebrate and put centre-stage one play a year from the extraordinary body of work of British writers of colour from the 20th century.

 This is not simply about reviving a play we think is important. This is about confronting the fact that this work has often been relegated to the footnotes of the theatrical canon. It’s about saying we’re going to take this play and make it new again. And at the same time, we’re looking forward – by introducing a play to new audiences and inspiring the next generation of writers to pick up the baton. That’s why the initiative includes a mentoring scheme that launches alongside it.

 I’m honoured that this year we will be introducing new audiences to Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock, a playwright on whose shoulders we now stand and who paved the way for many of the writers and performers who will appear in our 2018 season. I’m so excited by the dialogue this will create between artists, audiences and within the industry.’

Elsewhere in the season artists include: theatre-maker Javaad Alipoor, who pushes boundaries in both subject and form; local actress and first-time writer Monica Dolan, who will appear in her one-woman play The B*easts, which premiered at the Bush before a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and winning an Edinburgh Stage Award; actor-turned-writer Arinzé Kene, whose new play Misty straddles music, spoken word and performance; and writer Vinay Patel, whose epic play An Adventure crosses both time and continents to tell a story of technicolour romance.

2018 season

Javaad Alipoor presents

THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS written and performed by Javaad Alipoor

Co-directed by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housely

Stage and Lighting Design by Ben Pacey

Dramaturgy by Chris Thorpe

Sound Design by Simon McCrorry

Video Design by Jack Offord and Adam Radolinski

Produced by Luke Emery

Associate Director Natalie Diddams

Assistant Director Heather Knudtsen

24 Jan – 10 Feb

Press Night 26 Jan

Writer and theatre maker Javaad Alipoor presents his 2017 Scotsman Fringe First Award winning play. Resident Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, and an Associate Director of Theatre in the Mill, his work comes from discussions and workshops with communities that don’t usually engage with mainstream theatre.

An electronic maze of meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right and ISIS

We live in a time where old orders are collapsing: from the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy and extremist groups rip up political certainties.

Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment, without the money, power and sex they think they deserve. This crisis of masculinity leads them into an online world of fantasy, violence and reality.

The Believers Are But Brothers envelops its audience in this digital realm, weaving us into the webs of resentment, violence and power networks that are eating away at the structures of the twentieth century. This bold one-man show explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.

Suzanna Rosenthal for Something For The Weekend, in association with the Bush Theatre, presents

THE B*EASTS written and performed by Monica Dolan

Directed by John Hoggarth

Designed by James Button

Lighting Design by Tom Clutterbuck

Produced by Something For The Weekend

12 Feb – 3 Mar

Press Night 15 Feb

BAFTA-winning actress Monica Dolan has starred in W1AAppropriate Adult, The Witness For The Prosecution and Strike: The Silkworm. She brings her first play, The B*easts, to London following a hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it won a Stage Edinburgh Award 2017.

A searing ‘What If?’ exploration of the pornification of our culture and the sexualisation of our children.

Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards our children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring Monica Dolan, explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants.

 WORLD PREMIERE
A Bush Theatre production

MISTY written and performed by Arinzé Kene

Directed by Omar Elerian

Designed by Rajha Shakiry

Dramaturgy by Kirsty Housely

Sound design by Elena Peña

Lighting design by Jackie Shemesh

15 Mar – 21 Apr

Press Night 21 Mar

Arinzé Kene is a star in the making, whose accolades as an actor for stage and screen include Girl From The North Country at the Old Vic and One Night In Miami at the Donmar Warehouse. He is best known as Simba in The Lion King, for BAFTA-nominated film The Pass alongside Russell Tovey, and as Connor Stanley in EastEnders. Arinzé’s writing credits include good dog (Watford Palace Theatre, UK tour) and God’s Property (Soho Theatre, The Albany).

“Here is the city that we live in

Notice that the city that we live in is alive

Analyse our city and you’ll find that our city even has bodily features

Our city’s organs function like any living creature

Our city is a living creature

And if you’re wise enough, you’ll know not all of us are blood cells…

Some of us are viruses.”

 Arinzé delivers an epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart and dark soul of inner city London. An inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, Misty confronts the assumptions and expectations underpinning the act of telling a story.

Misty is directed by Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (NASSIMOne Cold Dark Night, Islands) and will feature an original musical score performed live during the show.

 

A Bush Theatre production

Passing the Baton

LEAVE TAKING by Winsome Pinnock

Directed by Madani Younis

24 May – 30 Jun

Press Night 31 May

Winsome Pinnock is ‘the godmother of Black British playwrights’ (The Guardian) who defined and inspired a generation with her work for the stage. She won the George Devine Award for Leave Taking in 1991 and was the first black British woman to have a play produced at the National Theatre. She has written numerous, award-winning plays that put black experiences centre-stage. In 2017, Winsome’s short play The Principles of Cartography opened the newly refurbished Bush Theatre as part of Black Lives, Black Words.

“That girl heading for big trouble. I try to warn her but she won’t take telling. She think she know everything. Think she a woman.”

A single mother travelled to England determined to make a good life for her family. Now Enid and her two daughters search for a way to feel rooted in a land where they’re invisible.

With one daughter prepping for university happy to lead “a quiet life” and the other doing anything but, what’s a mother to do except call upon the local ‘obeah’ woman for some traditional Caribbean soul healing. Family secrets are soon revealed and tragedy rekindles Enid’s longing for home.

Leave Taking is a beautifully observed, moving account of a second generation immigrant family navigating the familial conflicts between generations and cultures. The play was first produced at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1987. Bush Theatre Artistic Director Madani Younis (The Royale) directs the contemporary revival of this classic, award-winning play.

WORLD PREMIERE

A Bush Theatre production

AN ADVENTURE by Vinay Patel

Co-directed by Madani Younis and Omar Elerian

6 Sep – 20 Oct

Press Night 11 Sep

Vinay’s recent BBC drama Murdered by My Father was one of the smash-hits of 2016. Having broken onto the scene with the critically acclaimed True Brits, An Adventure is his biggest and boldest play yet. A drama of unprecedented scope and heart, spanning seven decades and three continents, inspired by the experiences of his immigrant grandparents.

A borrowed suit. A half-remembered film. A life of homecomings.

“I’m not much now, I know, but I will be. So pick me Jyoti and I swear I will make us the greatest adventure you ever have.”

On a stormy night in 1954, a woman doomed to marry one of five men discovers the wildcard choice might just be the person she’d been hoping for all along. An Adventure follows headstrong Jyoti and her fumbling suitor Rasik as they ride the crest of the fall of Empire from the shores of post-Partition India to the forests of Mau Mau Kenya onto the industrial upheaval of 1970s London.

But what happens when youthful ambitions crash hard against reality? When you look back at the story of your time together, can you bear to ask yourself: Was it all worth it?

Witty, charming and full of fearless historical insight, An Adventure is an epic, technicolour love story from one of the country’s most promising young writers about the people who journeyed to our shores in hope and shaped the country we live in today. This world premiere will be co-directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis (The Royale) and Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (NASSIM, One Cold Dark Night, Islands).

An Adventure has been made possible by a lead gift from Charles Holloway and the generous support of the Peter Wolff Theatre Trust.

 

WORLD PREMIERE

Mark Cartwright, in association with the Bush Theatre, presents

JELLYFISH by Ben Weatherill

Directed by Tim Hoare

26 Jun – 21 July

Press Night – 29 Jun

Ben Weatherill is winner of the Pitch Your Play Award and Curve Theatre Leicester Playwriting Competition. He established the Old Red Lion Writers’ Group, was part of the National Theatre’s New Views Programme and acted as dramaturg at Curve Theatre Leicester. Ben’s new play Jellyfish has its world premiere at the Bush Theatre in 2018.

“What about people who can’t make friends? Or who don’t laugh and are full of no love? They’re the real disabilities. I think.”

Agnes and her daughter Kelly have walked the same stretch of Skegness beach every day for fifteen years. They devour ice cream, hunt for crabs and watch as things mysteriously vanish along the shoreline. But when Kelly meets Neil, their cosy world soon begins to unravel.

With her mum struggling to understand the needs of a maturing daughter with Down’s Syndrome, Kelly and Neil have to fight for their right to be together.  While Agnes and her daughter drift further and further apart, an event is coming that will change all of their lives forever.

Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age in modern Britain. It’s a unique romance across unchartered waters which asks; does everyone really have the right to love as they choose?

UK PREMIERE

A co-production with the Institut Français du Royaume Uni as part of its Cross Channel Theatre and En Scène! programmes

GOING THROUGH by Estelle Savasta

Translated by Kristen Hazel Smith

Directed by Omar Elerian

3 Oct – 3 Nov

Press Night 5 Oct

Writer and director Estelle Savasta runs ‘Hippolyte a mal au cœur’, a company creating ground-breaking bilingual work based in France. Her first play Seule dans ma peau d’âne received acclaim at the 2008 Molière awards. Going Through (originally Traversée) premiering at the Bush Theatre is her second play.

The little box is on the shelf. She is allowed to look at it and to touch it.

I am not allowed to open it.

She is not allowed to open it.

                I  promised.

She promised.

 For as long as she can remember, Nour has lived with Youmna. Youmna is beautiful and gentle and good, and she smells like the wind. She’s also deaf. But Youmna is not Nour’s mother, even though she wishes she was.

Youmna’s journey begins without warning. The men come to drive Nour to a new life faraway, in a better place for girls like her. All she can take with her is a little box and the memory of Youmna’s loving hands.

Going Through is a poetic and touching story of one girl’s journey through adolescence, across borders and through a well-guarded secret. This bilingual production seamlessly mixes English and British Sign Language and is directed by Bush Theatre Associate Director Omar Elerian (NASSIM, One Cold Dark Night, Islands).

Thank you to the Dorsett Shepherds Bush for their support in-kind.

A Bush Theatre and Antler co-production

LANDS by Antler

Created by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart with Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead

Directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart

Cast includes Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead

Additionally devised with Richard Perryman and Nasi Voutsas

13 Nov – 8 Dec

Press Night 15 Nov

Jaz Woodcock-Stewart is co-artistic director of Bush Associate Artist company Antler who tell stories through theatre and film. Antler are winners of an IdeasTap Underbelly Award, winner of Pulse Festival Suitcase Prize, nominees for The Stage Best Ensemble Award, and winner of Best Short Fiction at BFI Future Film Festival. They have transferred shows to the Bush, Soho Theatre and toured the UK.

Leah and Sophie have been together, here, for a long time. They are happy here.

But there’s a problem. There’s a fucking massive problem and soon they’re going to have to talk about it. From their own lonely lands, Leah and Sophie seek to help each other, without quite knowing how.

The award-winning Antler return with a playful, intimate dissection of a relationship teetering on the edge of collapse. Lands is an absurd tragicomedy, exploring the impossibility of relationships and our inability to understand one another. This moving play arrives at the Bush following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Bush Associate Artists are kindly supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

 

Ticket prices

Count Me In: £10 (Theatre)

Adult: From £20 (Theatre) and £10 (Studio)

Count Me In tickets are just £10 and are available for performances in the Theatre. These are unreserved tickets which will be allocated to a seat on the day of performance. Audience members might not be sitting next to the people they booked with but will be guaranteed a seat.

Concessions: Bush Locals, Senior Citizens, Disabled and Unemployed patrons, and Bush Connect (Students and U26) members will be eligible for concession prices.

Booking:

Phone                   020 8743 5050

In person             Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ

Online                  bushtheatre.co.uk

Bush Theatre – Films of Hijabi Monologues London released

Bush Theatre - Hijabi Monologues
Bush Theatre - Hijabi Monologues

Bush Theatre – Hijabi Monologues

Bush Theatre has captured as short films all nine of the monologues performed as part of the UK premiere production of the international project Hijabi Monologues

  • Released online today are videos of the first four monologues
  • Hijabi Monologues, an international project founded in the USA, is about creating a theatre space for the experiences of Muslim women
  • Each production across the world is a unique combination of local and international stories. The London programme includes three new monologues by British female writers -including a first-time writer from Shepherd’s Bush – alongside monologues written by Hijabi Monologues founder and head-writer Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah
  • Hijabi Monologues London was first performed at the Bush Theatre from 28 – 30 September 2017 as part of Hijabi Monologues Europe managed in partnership with the British Council.

The Bush Theatre has today released videos of four stories from their production of Hijabi Monologues London which played to capacity audiences in September. A further five videos will be released on 12 October. These will all be free to view on the Bush Theatre’s YouTube channel.

This, the first live to digital production undertaken by the theatre, is part of an international project focussing on the real-life experiences of both local and international Muslim women. In a similar style to Black Lives, Black Words at the Bush Theatre earlier this year, Hijabi Monologues London features interweaving stories from our doorstep as well as experiences of Muslim women in other parts of the world and was performed at the Bush Theatre from 28-30 September.

Directed by Milli Bhatia, the performance features monologues penned for this international project by head writer and founder Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah as well as new works from members of the Bush Theatre’s immediate community totalling nine UK premieres. Of the three new works, two are by emerging writers and one by first-time local writer, Amal Abdi.

The cast of six women of colour includes four actresses discovered through an open audition call out. Hijabi Monologues London is the stage debut for Hibo Muse, who is a member of National Youth Theatre. Nadi Kemp-Sayfi (The Archers), Michal Keyamo (The Welcoming Party, Theatrerites) and Aryana Ramkhalawon (Waterloo Road) were also cast from the open call. Ayesha Darker, best known as Nina Karnik in Holby City and for Tamil film The Terrorist, and Zainab Hasan (Shakespeare Trilogy, Donmar Warehouse and St. Ann’s Warehouse NYC) complete the cast.

First time performer Hibo Muuse said, ‘As a young black British hijabi I’ve always struggled with the concept of identity. Walking into an acting workshop being greeted by people who don’t look like me or relate to me can be intimidating and the feeling of telling other people’s stories can make you feel isolated and foreign. This project is not only an exciting chance for our voices to be heard as Muslim women, but it is also an opportunity for us to take control of these stories and tell them ourselves – openly and honestly.’

Madani Younis, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre said, ‘This year we have deliberately brought international movements into our local community with the hugely successful Black Lives, Black Words back in March and the Hijabi Monologues London. With London still reverberating from events that have made us question what community is, it is imperative that artists and audiences come together to stand up for and celebrate the diversity of our city.’

Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is a founder, Creative Director and Head Writer of the Hijabi Monologues, which has toured the United States and internationally for a decade. A South Floridian Bangladeshi based in New York City, Ullah has been invited to speak about her work at the United Nations, U.S. Embassies and universities around the world.

Milli Bhatia trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck and was previously Resident Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. She is a Creative Associate at The Gate Theatre. Previous credits at the Bush Theatre include My White Best FriendThis Bitter Earth (both Black Lives, Black Words), Left Hangin’ and Here Comes the Bride.

HIJABI MONOLOGUES FIRST SET VIDEOS

THE STORIES

The first set of videos includes:

The People You Meet by Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is a collection of stories about the types of strangers Muslim women meet in public. Performed by Aryana Ramkhalawon.

 New Ways of Looking by Nimmo Ismail is about the experience of watching and being watched on the tube. Nimmo has worked with both Talawa Theatre Company a member of TYPT:16 and The Royal Court Writers Group. She is currently the Trainee Assistant Director on Wings (supported by the Boris Karloff Foundation) at The Young Vic. Nimmo is a Youth Ambassador at Southbank Centre, a member of Barbican Young Programmers and a Future Film Programmer at the BFI. Performed by Zainab Hasan.

Hitting on a Hijabi 101 by Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is a unique collection of comedic vignettes about the types of strategies a variety of men deploy for picking up a hijabi. Performed by Nadi Kemp-Sayfi.

My Son’s Wedding Feast by Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is the story of a woman who struggles to remember the moments after hearing some news about the sudden death of her eldest son. Performed by Ayesha Dharker.

The second set of monologues, to be released on 12 October will include:

With Her Back Straight by Hanan Issa which tells the story of an inspirational mother who taught strength in the face of challenges and adversity. Hanan wrote the piece to honour her own mother’s story but to also recognise the struggle of all mothers. Hanan is a writer and poet from Cardiff. She has written for MuslimGirl.com and Huffington Post and her poetry has appeared on various online publications, on both major Muslim TV networks, and BBC Radio Wales. Performed by Nadi Kemp-Sayfi.

Hoops is about a woman’s first experience at a football game. The original story, Hurricane, by Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah, has been adapted by Bush Theatre’s Ellie Horne to fit the UK context. Performed by Michal Keyamo.

I’m Tired by Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah expresses one woman’s frustration with the burden of representation. Performed by Zainab Hasan.

Hijabi Spiderman by Amal Abdi, the story about a young Muslim girl’s superhero identity in London. Amal lives in Shepherd’s Bush and is studying History at university. Hijabi Spiderman is her first professional theatrical work. Performed by Michal Keyamo.

The Story about the Really Quiet Subdued Shy Not Sociable Hijabi by Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is a story about a young woman who becomes the talk of her peers after a surprising incident. Performed by Hibo Muuse.

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Hijabi Monologues, an international project founded in the USA, is about creating a theatre space for the experiences of Muslim women; a space to breathe as they are; a space that does not claim to tell every story or speak for every voice. Each production across the world is a unique combination of local and international stories.

Hijabi Monologues London is a licensed production of Hijabi Monologues USAIt is part of the Hijabi Monologues Europe programme which is managed in partnership with the British Council. Hijabi Monologues London is supported by Amal – A Said Foundation Project and Safera Foundation.

Star cast announced for Fringe First-winning ‘Nassim Plays’ at the Bush Theatre

Nassim
Nassim

Nassim

In a celebration of his work, the Bush Theatre brings together four of Iranian theatre-maker Nassim Soleimanpour’s plays this September: NASSIMcommissioned by the Bush Theatre, directed by Omar Elerian and a Fringe First winner at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe; international hit White Rabbit Red RabbitBLANK (Bush Theatre’s RADAR 2015 and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016), and new play Cook, co-created by Soleimanpour and the Danish director Jesper Pedersen. All four plays will play in repertory over two weeks.

Soleimanpour’s work requires no rehearsals, no preparation, just a sealed envelope and a different actor each night reading a script for the first time.  For each performance, a different cultural figure will take the stage. Performers for the London run include Tim CrouchHari DhillonKate FleetwoodDeborah Frances-WhiteMel GiedroycDenise GoughPaterson JosephJosie LawrenceAndi OshoVinay Patel,ScotteeMeera SyalMark Thomas and Dominic West.

Artistic Director Madani Younis said ‘We’re thrilled to bring together all four of Nassim’s plays in a retrospective, supported by an array of exciting performers working across theatre, film and television. The act of programming a retrospective of a relatively young, living artist is deliberate: for me it’s a statement on the influence and importance of Nassim Soleimanpour’s work. His theatrical experiments are also powerful antidotes to the recent political events that continue to shake us.’

Nassim Soleimanpour’s play White Rabbit Red Rabbit was produced as part of the Bush Theatre’s annual new writing festival, RADAR, in 2014. It went on to receive global acclaim, being translated into 15 different languages and performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film including Sinead Cusack, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg.

 BLANK was performed at the RADAR festival in 2015 and NASSIM – directed by Omar Elerian with design by Rhys Jarman – was first performed at the Bush Theatre in July 2017 prior to receiving further critical acclaim and a Fringe First award when it appeared at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh this August. Performers in Edinburgh included Nina Conti, Monica Dolan, Inua Ellams, Richard Gadd and Josie Long.Cook, Soleimanpour’s latest work, involves cooking a recipe on stage in a story of how food brings ingredients and people together.

Nassim Soleimanpour’s work is NOT overtly political, and should not be portrayed as such. It operates on a deeper, metaphoric level, and very expressly avoids overt political comment. All media and press agents have to keep in mind that the playwright’s home is Iran, as are his friends and family. We therefore ask the press to be judicious in their reportage.

LISTINGS

7 – 16 September, Bush Theatre

NASSIM PLAYS

Four Plays, One Writer, No Preparation.

  • Nassim, a Bush Theatre commission
  • White Rabbit Red RabbitBLANK, and Cook, presented by the Bush Theatre in association with Aurora Nova
  • Cook is co-created by Nassim Soleimanpour and Danish writer Jesper Pedersenhttps://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/

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 BIOGRAPHIES

Nassim Soleimanpour (playwright and performer) is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker best known for his multi award-winning play White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Nassim’s play BLANK premiered in the UK at the Bush Theatre’s RADAR festival in 2015, also playing in Amsterdam and Utrecht with further performances all over the world including in Argentina, Australia and India. Further plays include Blind Hamlet which premiered at LIFT Festival 2014 prior to a UK tour and productions in Bucharest and Copenhagen. Nassim now lives in Berlin and has been commissioned to write a new play for Teater Momentum (Denmark).

 Omar Elerian (director) is Associate Director at the Bush Theatre where he directed One Cold Dark Nightby Nancy Harris and Islands by Caroline Horton. He also co-directed the Olivier nominated You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy at the Bush Theatre alongside Daniel Goldman. He was also Associate Director onThe Royale by Marco Ramirez, Perseverance Drive by Robin Soans and Chalet Lines by Lee Mattinson. Other directing credits include acclaimed site-specific production The Mill – City of Dreams (Bradford, Yorkshire), Testa di Rame (Festival Inequilibrio, Italy) and Les P’tites Grandes Choses (Maison de Arts du Cirque et du Clown, France).

 Rhys Jarman (Designer) previously designed the set for MONEY: The Game Show at the Bush Theatre. He was one of the winners of the 2007 Linbury Biennial Prize, for his design of Varjak Paw for the Opera Group.  Further stage design credits include James and the Giant Peach and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz(Northern Stage)The Time of Your Life (Gecko/ Battersea Arts Centre/ BBC), The Dreamer (Gecko/ Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre)The Machine Stops (Pilot Theatre/ York Theatre Royal), Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Hurling Rubble at the Moon (Red Ladder Theatre Company/ Park Theatre), Institute and Missing(both Gecko/ World Tours), The Nutcracker (Nuffield Theatre), Holes (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/ Arcola Theatre) and Three Way (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Forthcoming work includes Alice in Wonderland(Northern Stage), How I Hacked My Way to Space (Unlimited Theatre) and The Wedding (Gecko). He also designs work for outdoor events, opera and television.

Rehearsals begins for ‘Ramona Tells Jim’ at the Bush Theatre

Ramona Tells Jim - first day of rehearsals. Photo credit Rebekah Ellerby
Ramona Tells Jim - first day of rehearsals. Photo credit Rebekah Ellerby

Ramona Tells Jim – first day of rehearsals. Photo credit Rebekah Ellerby

Rehearsals begin today at the Bush Theatre for Ramona Tells Jim, the world premiere of a darkly comic play about confession and the gravity of young love by Sophie Wu graduate of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers’ Group.  Ramona Tells Jim opens on 20 September (press night 22 September) and runs until 21 October 2017.

It’s 1998.  Ramona, of Englandshire, is 15 and she’s totally cool. Honestly.  She’s completely cool.  On a wet, midge-riddles geography field-trip she meets Jim, a local laddie wearing an anti-pill fleece.  He’s obsessed with hermit crabs, rock erosion and making homemade Irn-Bru cocktails.

Deep in the Scottish Highlands, Ramona falls for Jimmy’s awkward charm and gets caught in a scandal that will haunt them for years to come.

Fast forward fifteen years and Jim, of the shittiest village in Scotland, has got a girlfriend and something like a functional life, but Ramona still can’t shake the consequences of that fateful trip.  Determined to clear her conscience, she heads back to the Highlands to find that neither her nor Jim’s lives have turned out how they planned.

 Actress and writer Sophie Wu’s debut play, Sophie Wu Is Minging, She Looks Like She’s Dead, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and transferred to Soho Theatre to critical acclaim.  She is currently developing original TV projects with Charlie Brooker’s company, House of Tomorrow, Roughcut and Kudos and has a script commission for Minging Lizzie for Channel 4.

Director Mel Hillyard won the JP Morgan Award for directing in 2015 and spent 6 months at the National Theatre Studio as Resident Director.  Her directing credits include Scarlett (Hampstead Theatre), The Brink (Orange Tree Theatre), The Late Henry Moss (Southwark Playhouse), Love and Information (The Caird Theatre), Hamlet (The Secret Nuclear Bunker – East 15), Hard Shoulders (Latitude Festival), Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against A Brick Wall (Theatre503), In An Instant (Latitude Festival and Theatre503), His Face Her Face and Three Is Company (King’s Head) and Loose Ends (Edinburgh Festival). 

Lucy Sierra’s recent design credits include Ode to Leeds (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Macbeth (Dorfman, National Theatre and schools tour), Young Vic 5 (Young Vic), Cathy (Cardboard Citizens), The Grand Journey (Bombay Sapphire Immersive Experience), A Kid, This Tuesday (Arcola), The Tempest (Royal & Derngate), Giving (Hampstead Theatre, Downstairs), Another World-Losing Our Children to Islamic State (Shed, National Theatre), Calculating Kindness (Camden People’s Theatre), Snow White & Rose Red (Rash Dash and Cambridge Arts Theatre), Abyss (Arcola), Benefit, We Are All Misfits (Cardboard Citizens), We Have Fallen (Underbelly), If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep (Royal Court), Sign of the Times (Theatre Royal, Bury), The Bear (Improbable), Sweeny ToddDavid CopperfieldWhite Nights (Octagon, Bolton), Symmetry (Southwark Playhouse), Songs Inside (Gate) and Fewer Emergencies (Oxford Playhouse).

 Ruby Bentall plays Ramona. Her theatre credits include Britten in Brooklyn (Wiltons Music Hall), The Cement Garden (Heritage Arts Company), Peter and Alice (Noel Coward Theatre), Hansel and GretelGriefThe MiracleDNAShoot/Get Treasure/Repeat(all National Theatre), Blue Heart Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), Remembrance Day (Royal Court Theatre) and Alice (Sheffield Crucible). Television credits include Midsomer MurdersAbsentiaPoldark series 1, 2 and 3, Jekyll and Hyde (ITV), Blandings II ‘Throwing Eggs’The Paradise (BBC), Larkrise to Candleford (BBC), The BillNew TricksLost in AustenOliver Twist (BBC),Doctors (BBC), You Can Choose Your Friends and Holby City. Film credits include Interlude in PragueBikini BlueMr Turner,Robin HoodThe Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler and Tormented.

Joe Bannister plays Jim. His theatre credits include Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre), As You Like It (National Theatre),Hobson’s Choice (Vaudeville Theatre), King John (Rose Theatre Kingston), Mad World My Masters (ETT Tour/Barbican), The Witch of EdmontonThe Roaring GirlArden of Faversham (RSC Roaring Girls Season), Titus AndronicusA Mad World My Masters (RSC), Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre/Hampstead Theatre), Bloody Poetry (Jermyn Street Theatre) and The Lion in Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket). His television credits include Howard’s End (BBC) and Endeavour (Mammoth for ITV). His film credits include The Isle.

 Amy Lennox plays Pocahontas. Her theatre credits include Elly in David Bowie’s Lazarus (King’s Cross), Lauren in Kinky Boots(Adelphi Theatre), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Steph in Tracks (The Miniaturists, Arcola), Woman inThe Pink Bedroom (The Hotel Plays, Defibrillator), Princess Pertunia in Puss in Boots (Hackney Empire), Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 The Musical (UK tour), Velcro in Soho Cinders (Soho), Decade (Headlong), Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep), Margot and u/s Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (original London company), Jenny in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(Assembly Rooms Edinburgh/Royal & Derngate), Wendy in Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Liesl in The Sound of Music(London Palladium) and Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall). Television credits include Sally McColl in Shetland Series 4 (ITV) and Casualty (BBC). Film credits include: Cruz in Wrong Turn 5 (20th Century Fox); Sophie in Cab Ride (Abelle Films Ltd) and Jen in Never Let Me Go (DNA Films).

Madani Younis, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre said; ‘We first encountered an early version of Sophie’s fantastic play back in 2015, when she took part in our very first Emerging Writers’ Group. We invited a group of guests to listen to a sharing of Ramona Tells Jim and the reaction was electric: we knew we had to programme that play. Fast forward two years and we now have our brand new, intimate Studio and what better play to kick off our autumn season than this. Sophie’s work is smart, funny and rude – I can’t wait for Mel and her team to bring it to life.’

 Ramona Tells Jim is supported by Peter Wolff Theatre Trust.