The Bush Theatre’s artistic director Madani Younis has announced additions to the venue’s autumn/winter 2018 season.
Highlights include six plays to end the theatre’s season – including three new commissions and two world premieres; full cast details for the world premiere of Vinay Patel’s An Adventure; news of Misty by Arinzé Kene transferring to the West End following an extended sell-out season at the Bush Theatre; and Dismantle, curated by its Project 2036 participants.
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.”
24 July to 4 August 2018
Dismantle: A Festival About Power is created and curated by the current cohort of Project 2036 (Milli Bhatia, Ingrid Marvin and Nina Segal) for which a series of open conversations were held this year to interrogate existing power structures in theatre – and how it intersects with gender, race, class, economics and education. 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 and the opportunity to curate the Studio for a fortnight.
6 September to 20 October 2018 (press night is 11 September)
Vinay Patel (BBC drama Murdered by My Father) has written a drama spanning seven decades and three continents, inspired by the experiences of his immigrant grandparents. The cast includes: Nila Aalia, Martins Imhangbe, Aysha Kala, Selva Rasalingham, Shubham Saraf and Anjana Vasan and the production is directed by Madani Younis (The Royale, Leave Taking).
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
31 October to 24 November 2018 (press night is 2 November)
Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this multi-award-winning gig theatre from Middle Child in association with the Bush mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes. Directed by Paul Smith.
3 to 22 December 2019 (press night is 6 December)
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.
A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production in association with Bush Theatre, the cast includes Andrew Finnigan and the piece is directed by Jane Fallowfield.
3 to 8 December 2018
Mike Kenny has taken Hans Christian Andersen’s most highly acclaimed story and simplified it into a tale for the young. Directed by Wendy Harris, with music from composer Ivan Stot, Snow Queen is presented by tutti fruitti and York Theatre Royal in association with the Bush Theatre. Especially for those aged 3-plus.
13 November to 8 December (press night is 15 November)
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.
Created by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart with Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead. Woodcock-Stewart, who directs, is co-artistic director of Bush associate company Antler who tell stories through theatre and film. Cast includes Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead.
28 March to 27 April 2019 (press night is 3 April)
Writer and director Estelle Savasta runs ‘Hippolyte a mal au cœur’, a company creating ground-breaking bilingual work based in France. Going Through is her second play and will have its English language premiere at the Bush.
The play is a touching story of one girl’s journey through adolescence, across borders and through a well-guarded secret. This bilingual production mixes English and British Sign Language and is directed by Bush Theatre associate director Omar Elerian (Misty, NASSIM, One Cold Dark Night, Islands).