Bush announces new season
London's Bush Theatre has announced its new season through to April 2013.
The season opens with new writing festival Radar 2012, featuring talks, scratch works and full productions plus a second evening of Bush Bounce, an event for young artists curated by associate artist Sabrina Mahfouz in association with Ideas Tap.
The Sheffield Theatres production of Straight by D C Moore, directed by Richard Wilson, will transfer to the Bush from 27 November to 22 December. Clare Duffy's MONEY the game show, a co-production between the Bush and Unlimited Theatre about a pair of hedge fund managers who have turned to performance art after the financial crisis began in 2008, will run from 31 January to 2 March.
From 19 March to 20 April, the winner of the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, based at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, Three Birds by Janice Okoh, will transfer to the Bush after its run at the Royal Exchange directed by Exchange co-artistic director Sarah Frankcom.
The first of three special events over this period will be Reckord Celebrations on 23 September to celebrate the life and work of playwright Barry Reckord with readings from his plays and television scripts and contributions from Diana Athill, Yvonne Brewster, Don Warrington, Michael Billington, Hassan Mahamdallie and Bush artistic director Madani Younis. This event will also see the launch of the Barry Reckord Bursary for black, Asian and minority ethnic playwrights resident in the UK in association with Talawa Theatre Company.
The other two special events are The Brook Green Festival from 29 October to 8 November, a celabration of writing featuring contributions from Isla Blair, Artemis Cooper, Julian Glover, Andrew Miller, Michael Morpurgo, Harriet Sergeant and Kate Summerscale, and The South Asian Literature Festival from 1 to 4 November produced by Amphora Arts in its first collaboration with the Bush.
Announcing his second season as artistic director of the Bush, Madani Younis said, "As a new writing theatre, I wanted to explore what makes us unique, and examine the big questions in new writing today. From this thinking our festival RADAR 2012 was born with a view to looking at the ecology of new writing across the country in the current economic and political climate, and this season will see us launch our new literary policy.
"My first season allowed us the opportunity to connect with and understand our new theatre and its place in the local community—this relationship is vital to the theatre and one I am committed to develop through in the coming years."
Younis also announced lower ticket pricing for this season plus multi-buy discounts and £10 tickets for audiences under 26 years of age.