The Bush announces Spring/Summer 2015 Season
The Bush Theatre in west London have announced their Spring and Summer 2015 season, which includes two world premieres, a UK premiere and a London premiere, each of which deals in a different way with a struggle for justice.
The season opens with Islands, a dark new comedy by Caroline Horton about tax havens and revenue fraud which runs from 15 January to 21 February 2015, with an official opening on 19 January 2015.
It is estimated that $18.5 trillion is siphoned into tax-saving schemes each year, and this new play is about the people who benefit from these offshore havens, and those who suffer as a result. Presented by the Bush Theatre and Caroline Horton & Co with China Plate, the cast will include Hannah Ringham, Simon Startin, John Biddle, Seiriol Davies and Caroline Horton. It will be directed by Omar Elerian with designs by Oliver Townsend.
This will be followed by The Royale by American writer Marco Ramirez (Orange is the New Black) which runs from 13 February to 18 March 2015, with an official opening on 18 February 2015.
It tells the story of boxer Jay Jackson, the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World. It is loosely based on the real-life story of Jack Johnson, whose story is one of great talent and triumph, but also racism and injustice. Directed by Bush Artistic Director Madani Younis, this play looks at the transcendence of sporting heroes as cultural icons of our time.
The Angry Brigade by James Graham will run from 30 April 2015 to 13 June 2015, with an official opening on 5 May. Set against a Britain of spending cuts, high unemployment and economic instability, The Angry Brigade tells the story of a group of four British Anarchists who terrorised the country in the 1970s, and the police manhunt that tracked them down.
The production will be directed by James Grieve and is a Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth Production.
The season will conclude with the world premiere of The Invisible by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, which runs from 3 July to 15 August 2015, with an official opening on 8 July 2015. This new drama concerns about the current government’s reforms to the provision of legal aid and is based on interviews with real people at all levels of the British justice system.
In 2014 the Bush Theatre was awarded an International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award for programming a season with at least 50% female playwrights – the Bush was the only UK theatre to receive the award. This new season again sees 50% of the work on stage written by women.