‘Red Pitch’ to return to the Bush Theatre

The award-winning play explores the relationship between football and gentrification in society. Anoushka Lucas and Lenny Henry also present their debut works.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Bush Theatre has announced new shows opening at the west London venue this year. Lenny Henry’s August in England opens at the Bush Theatre later this month.

Nikhil Parmar writes and performs in his one-man play, Invisible. Invisible follows Zayan, an actor and dealer who lives as if he’s in a television sitcom. Georgia Green directs, with design by Georgia Wilmot, lighting design by Laura Howard, and sound design by Bella Kear. Invisible begins performances on 23 May, with an opening night on 25 May, and performances to 9 June.

The world premiere of Aj Yi’s A Playlist for the Revolution then begins previews on 23 June, with an opening night on 29 June, and performances to 5 August.

A Playlist for the Revolution follows Hong Kong-based pianist Jonathan, and Chloe, a budding university student. After months of speaking, they discover how someone unexpected can change your world. Emily Ling Williams directs an unannounced cast.

Tyrell Williams’s Red Pitch then returns to the Bush Theatre from 7 to 30 September. Set in south London, Red Pitch follows friends Omz, Bilal, and Joey as their local football pitch is set to be destroyed by new high-rise flats, exploring the impact of London’s gentrification. Daniel Bailey directs Francis Lovehall, Emeka Sesay, and Kedar Williams-Sterling.

Oklahoma! actress Anoushka Lucas presents her debut play, Elephant, this autumn, with previews from 14 October, ahead of an opening night on 19 October, and performances to 4 November. Lucas plays Lylah, a young woman who finds solace by playing the piano.

Jess Edwards directs, with design by Georgia Wilmot, lighting design by Laura Howard, and sound design by Bella Kear.

Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going to Happen rounds off the Bush Theatre’s 2023 programming, with previews from 10 November, an opening night on 15 November, and performances to 23 December.

Matthew Xia directs Samuel Barnett in Marcelo dos Santos's one-man play — a monologue following a single, neurotic stand as they meet “Mr Right.” Elliot Griggs and Max Pappenheim work on lighting design, and sound design and composition respectively.

Photo credit: Red Pitch (Photo by Craig Fuller)

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