Photo credit: Travis Alabanza (Photo by Leviticus Hinds)

Bush Theatre to reopen in December with ‘Overflow’

The off-West End theatre reopens its doors on 8 December.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

UPDATE: A limited run of online performances of Overflow will be made available, as a result of halted live shows. A filmed performance will now be available to stream internationally from 18 - 23 Jan 2021.

Following a prolonged closure, the Bush Theatre will reopen in December with Overflow, written by Travis Alabanza. Their play will run at the Bush Theatre from 8-22 December, examining the cultural role of women's bathrooms.

Starting off in a flooding toilet cubicle, Rosie reflects on her memories of bathroom encounters. As she tries to keep her head above water, she begins to cower away from all responsibilities.

"I'm proud and excited to be announcing that we are back on stage at the Bush Theatre" said artistic director Lynette Linton. She continues to say: "With 'Overflow' we continue to produce work that reflects and interrogates our society and we are honoured to be producing Travis Alabanza's latest play. I want to give a shout-out to our amazing team at the Bush and our wider community of freelance theatre makers who have worked so hard and so quickly to realise [this] extraordinary vision."

Overflow is written by Travis Alabanza, a leading voice in the UK's trans community. Their recent show Burgerz toured around the world, and their monologues have been performed at the Bunker Theatre and the Bush Theatre. They were also named in the "25 Influential People Under 25" by the Evening Standard.

On 16 November, it was announced Reece Lyons will perform the role of Rosie in Overflow. The production will also be filmed, with details about the digital release to be confirmed.

Reece Lyons in Overflow (Photo by Sharon Wallace)

Overflow is at the Bush Theatre from 8 - 22 December.

Photo credit: Travis Alabanza (Photo by Leviticus Hinds)


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