Ahead of the new building's inaugural season later this year, the company will throw open the doors of the new venue and invite the public to play a part in the transformation of the space, from library to theatre, in a production entitled Where's My Seat?, running June 15-July 2. Under the direction of Tamara Harvey, over the course of each evening three short plays will be presented by three Bush playwrights, performed in three different layouts. Each play will be inspired by a set of challenging stage directions selected by three theatre experts (Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Grandage and Rourke) and nine curious props chosen by the National Theatre.
As the stage transforms and the seats move around, the audience will be invited to feedback their views from the stalls and to put to the test other areas of the building from the bathrooms to the bar.
Also, as a final farewell to the theatre's long-term home, the Bush will present this is where we got to when you came in, an interactive journey through the Bush Theatre, giving participants the chance to take their last, or perhaps even first, steps around the building before its doors close after four decades of performances. It is presented by a company called non zero one, who make interactive performances using popular technologies, who have previously worked at Southwark Playhouse and the Barbican Centre in London, and regionally at The Basement in Brighton, Forest Fringe in Edinburgh and Bring The Happy Festival in Leeds.
In a press statement, Rourke (who was recently appointed to succeed Michael Grandage as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse from Jan. 1, 2012) commented, "My final nine months at the Bush will see the company open its new home ready for the theatre's fortieth anniversary in 2012. This will also mark five years in which I have led a resilient and inspiring team, who faced down adversity to present the work of some exceptional playwrights and build and serve our audiences. The legacy of 40 years of brilliant plays and great nights out at the Bush will be realised in this beautiful building. I look forward with great excitement to taking the Bush into its next incarnation."
For more details, visit www.bushtheatre.co.uk, or contact the box office on 020 8743 5050.