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The Bush Theatre in west London has announced its Autumn 2015 season, which includes a World Premiere and a European Premiere:
The Autumn season opens with the world premiere of F*ck The Polar Bears, a surreal family drama by Tanya Ronder about the power of the individual to affect changed to our planet, which runs from 11 September to 24 October 2015, with an official opening on 16 September 2015.
Synopsis: "Gordon has worked hard to get where he is. He's on the verge of a massive promotion at one of the Big Six energy companies. His wife Serena has worked hard too, and now dreams of a bigger house, a slimmer body, a happier life. But behind their perfect front door, light bulbs are blowing, the drains keep blocking, and a phone inexplicably refuses to charge. As Gordon chases the spectres behind these mysterious events, he spirals out of control and the family are forced to ask whether the life they desire is worth its cost."
This will be followed by the European premiere of Forget Me Not by Tom Holloway, a co-production between the Bush Theatre and HighTide Theatre Festival, directed by Steven Atkinson, which runs from 8 December 2015 to 16 January 2016, with an official opening on 11 December 2015.
Synopsis: "Under an agreement between the British and Australian Governments, between 1945 and 1968, over three thousand British children were told they were orphans and sent to Australia on a promise of warmth, fresh air, abundant food and boundless opportunity. Instead they arrived to deprived institutions where neglect and abuse were the norm. Tom Holloway's new play unearths a secret buried by time that, in turn, exposes a world of historical injustices currently in the limelight."
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.