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Madani Younis announces his inaugural season at Bush


Madani Younis has announced his inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, a fringe venue in west London.

Productions include...

6 April to 5 May 2012
Chalet Lines By Lee Mattinson, Dramaturg: Che Walker. Directed by Madani Younis, designed by Leslie Travers. Produced by Bush Theatre, In association with Live Theatre Newcastle. Butlins Skegness, Chalet Number 12 where the Walker women have been holidaying since 1961.This year it's Nana Barbara's seventieth and everyone's airing their dirty laundry. Loretta's had too many camp cocktails, Jolene's fallen tits over teeth for a Redcoat, Abigail's seeking comfort from a dead end marriage in a suitcase full of toys, and Nana Barbara has a fifty year old secret to share. 'A shockingly funny journey through five decades of birthdays, weddings and hen dos which asks do all women inevitably become like their mothers?'

8 to 11 May 2012
Encounters: You're Not Like the Other Girls / Dry Ice (Double Bill) by Caroline Horton / by Sabrina Mahfouz. Directed by Omar Elerian and Daniel Goldman / David Schwimmer. Commissioned by China Plate, Warwick Arts Centre, mac / Developed with David Schwimmer, High Tide, Genesis Lab, New Wimbledon Fresh Ideas. Starring: Caroline Horton (You're Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy ) / Sabrina Mahfouz (Dry Ice).
Both based on true stories, You're Not Like Other Girls Chrissy was inspired by Horton's discovery of her grandmother's war time correspondence; and Dry Ice, by Mahfouz's experience of working in a strip-club.
YOU'RE NOT LIKE THE OTHER GIRLS CHRISSY: January 1945. Paris has been liberated. Christiane, an eccentric and acutely myopic Parisian waits at Gare Du Nord for a ticket to England to be reunited with her fiance. Whilst she waits, this gloriously irrepressible mademoiselle recounts the story of her love affair with Cyril, a tongue-tied English teacher from Staffordshire. From a chance encounter at Cheadle tennis club, their story takes us to cosmopolitan 1930s Paris before war interrupts their unlikely romance.
DRY ICE: Meet Nina, a 24-year-old stripper on the edge; her half-art-half-drug dealing boyfriend, and 18 other eccentrically entertaining characters from the world of surreal, sleazy, velvety strip-clubs and gentrified London dinner parties.

21 May to 9 June 2012
The Beloved written & directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi. Designed by Jon Bausor, lighting by Jackie Shemesh. A ShiberHur / Bush Theatre / KVS Brussels/ Young Vic co-production (Part of World Stages London). Cast includes: Jonthan Bukshapen, Makram Khoury, Rami Heuberger, Rivkle Noiman, Taher Najib, Sivan Sason, Samaa Wakeem. When Abraham returns home from a journey with his son, his wife is troubled by the boy's state of mind. What took place on the mountain that day is the beginning of a lifetime of suffering for his son and the dawn of a new age for millions.

18 June to 14 Jul 2012
Fear written & directed by Dominic Savage. When a late-night robbery goes wrong, a young banker's life ends and his attacker's takes a dramatic turn.

28 May to 2 June 2012 (In the studio theatre)
Mad About the Boy by Gbolahan Obisesan, directed by Ria Parry, designed by James Button, lighting by David W Kidd. Produced by Iron Shoes in association with the Unicorn. Boy wants to be bad like the rest. Dad wants the best for the Boy. Man wants the Boy to do what's best. A lyrical tussle of will and minds.

- by Darren Dalglish

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