Bush Theatre announces autumn / winter 2018 season

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


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


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.



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


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.



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.



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.



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


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.



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.


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