Bush Theatre offers Freelancer Skills sessions in February

The Bush’s friendly team will be hosting a series of informative and interactive workshops in February, which are a great opportunity for theatre freelancers to hone their practical and business skills. Tickets from just £3 are selling fast.

Money an issue? There are still free bursary places available for every workshop – just email bushgreen@bushtheatre.co.uk to apply for a bursary place.

Here’s the schedule with booking links:

Tuesday 7 February:
11.00am: Producing, led by Producer Oscar Owen
1.30pm: Pitching for Writers, led by Literary Manager Deirdre O’Halloran
3.30pm: Directors’ Toolkit, led by Directors Daniel Bailey and Lynette Linton

Wednesday 8 February:
11.00am: Finance for Freelancers, led by Finance Manager Neil Harris
1.30pm: Fundraising, led by Head of Development Ruth Davey and Development Officer Eleanor Tindall
3.30pm: Marketing, led by Marketing Managers Shannon Clarke and Ed Theakston

Bush’s five-star RED PITCH streams globally in May

From 9 to 14 May, the Bush Theatre’s critically-acclaimed story of football, brotherhood and gentrification returns, filmed live at the Bush Theatre and available to stream to your living room.

Watch the trailer here

The way they’re changing endz is nuts.’

Red Pitch. South London. Three lifelong friends Omz, Bilal and Joey are playing football. Like they always have. Living out dreams of football stardom. Beyond their football pitch, local shops are closing, old flats are being demolished as new flats shoot up, some residents struggle to stay while others rush to leave. When a small football pitch has been a home from home, a place where you’ve laughed, fought and forged friendships, what happens when it’s under threat?

★★★★★ “Remarkable. A next-level coming-of-age story.” The Stage

Tyrell Williams’ play tells a powerful story about gentrification versus regeneration and the impact of this relentless change upon London’s communities.

Kedar Williams-Stirling (Sex Education), Emeka Sesay (Top Boy) and Francis Lovehall (Small Axe), star in director Daniel Bailey’s production.

You can book tickets from £10. Shows start at 7.45pm evenings (9-14) and 2.45pm for matinee on Sat 14. Shows on 11 (eve) and 14 (mat) are Audio Described.

Please note that the show is streaming worldwide, so you can watch it from anywhere, just check the start time in your time zone. The performances will begin promptly at 2:45pm or 7:45pm. During the broadcast, the show cannot be paused, but after the performance has finished, the film will be available to you to watch on demand for 48 hours from the date and time selected.

For more information, and to book, please click here

Global Voices Theatre presents Global Jewish Voices.

Discover plays from Algeria, Israel, Canada, Turkey, and the USA in Global Voices Theatre’s upcoming event – Global Jewish Voices!

Global Jewish Voices is an afternoon of excerpt readings of international plays by Jewish playwrights from around the world.

Curated by theatre and performance maker Victor Esses, the selected works are:

The Kahena, Berber Queen by Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker (Algeria), translated from French by Jessica Benhamou
Papa’gina by Hanna Vazana Grunwald (Israel), translated from Hebrew by Sivan Battat
Heartlines by Sarah Waisvisz (Canada)
Extinct by Philip Arditti (Turkey/UK)
A People by L M Feldman (USA)

The in-person event will take place at the Bush Theatre, London on Sunday April 3rd at 2.30pm. It lasts around 2 hours 15 minutes and tickets are just £8/£6.

You can find more information and book tickets here

See Ella Road’s FAIR PLAY online globally until 19 February

Ella Road is the most exciting young playwright I have seen recently, and after the huge success of her THE PHLEBOTOMIST in 2019 and 2020, I am sure that her new play FAIR PLAY – about the underside of women’s athletics – will be worth seeing.

The clocks are set. The line is drawn. They’ve got a chance to be champions. But at what cost? 

When Ann joins Sophie’s running club she’s thrown into a world of regimented training and pure focus. The two girls couldn’t be more different, but soon their shared passion makes them inseparable – dreaming in lanes and lap-times, waking up picturing Olympic medals, each day stronger and faster… 

But set head to head in the run up to the World Championships, they find themselves and their friendship put to the ultimate test. As their relationships, their bodies, and their very identities are pulled into public scrutiny, does being exceptional come at too high a price? 

See the FAIR PLAY trailer here

The show is available to watch evenings at 7.30pm UK time until Saturday 19 February and with 2.30pm performances on 16 and 19 February. Please note all performances are captioned in English. Audio described performances are Thursday 17 at 7.30pm and Sat 19 at 2.30pm – Audio description cannot be turned off on these performances.

Tickets are available from £10 here


PAPATANGO New Writing Prize 2020 winner announced

Starting in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize is the biggest playwriting award in the UK, attracting more average annual entries than any other. It was the first – and remains the only annual – playwriting award to guarantee its winner a full world premiere in London followed by a national tour, plus royalties, publication and a £6,500 commission to support a follow-up play.

This year’s winner – selected from a record 1504 entries- is Igor Memić, a Duty manager at the Bridge Theatre, for his play called OLD BRIDGE. Igor is a British-Bosnian writer and refugee from Mostar, which is where the play is set, examining with humanity the joy and pain of growing up amidst the horror of war. The play will receive a full production at London’s Bush Theatre later in the year.

Igor was quoted as saying “I never thought a play like this could make the shortlist, let alone win. Writing it has been one of the most painful and important experiences of my life. My attempt at healing old wounds.”

Congratulations Igor!

Having seen the last few years’ Papatango winners, I am sure this will be yet another challenging, surprising and rewarding play

For all you budding playwrights, remember that Papatango is open to all residents of the UK or Ireland, free to enter, and assessed anonymously. So – all you need is a story.Submissions for the 2021 Prize will open in late 2020.