Lynette Linton and the Bush Theatre follow the success of Chiaroscuro, Baby Reindeer (which transfers to the West End and NYC this year) and critically acclaimed productions The Arrival, I Wanna Be Yours, Collapsible and The High Table by announcing further shows to complete Lynette’s first season.
Putting the community front and centre of the programming, the venue announces two new works – The Living Room and Our Place, Our Time – which have been made in collaboration with local organisations, along with further details of Level Up, a ground-breaking production written by award-winning actor Malachi Kirby in which he appears alongside an ensemble of new young actors found from across London through a series of workshops run by Lynette Linton and Daniel Bailey.
Other highlights include the world premiere of Fair Play by Ella Road; 10 Nights, a co-production with Graeae and Tamasha, and the return of The Queer House to the Bush with an extended version of the critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit Pink Lemonade.
Shahid Khan and Ella Road join Temi Wilkey and Zia Ahmed as writers in this season who have been discovered and supported by the Bush’s talent development initiatives. Ella Road was part of the Bush Theatre’s 2018 Emerging Writers’ Group and was commissioned in full at the end of the programme. Shahid was on Graeae’s 2018 Write to Play Programme, which the Bush Theatre partnered on, and wrote part of 10 Nights in the Bush Theatre’s on-site Writers Room.
Lynette Linton said: ‘Breaking down the barriers between ‘professional’ work and community work is why I wanted to run a building, so I’m proud to announce two new works created in partnership with our local community, as well as bringing Level Up, a collaboration between Malachi Kirby and new London talent, to the stage.
The continuation of my first season also highlights how integral nurturing new writers is to the Bush, as we announce plays by two more writers who have been supported by our talent development programs.
I’m also proud to continue and grow successful creative partnerships with The Queer House, Graeae and Tamasha – companies that are continually pushing the boundaries of new writing, as well as with local organisations, the Baron’s Court Project and Masbro Tea Centre Club.’