Highlights of the season include Lee Mattinson's Chalet Lines presented in a first-time association with Live Theatre Newcastle; the world premiere of Amir Nizar Zuabi's The Beloved, presented by Palestinian theatre company ShiberHur as part of World Stages London; and the world première of Fear, filmmaker Dominic Savage’s first work for the stage, which the writer will also direct.
In addition, plans have been announced for exploratory work to begin to establish a second studio space housed behind the main space. The theatre will also enter a new collaboration with Kudos to co-develop the next generation of playwrights and screenwriters. Omar Elerian has been appointed as Associate Director, with Ché Walker, Caroline Horton and Sabrina Mahfouz appointed as Associate Artists, and Iron Shoes, Greyscale, Theatre Ad Infinitum and Julie’s Bicycle as Associate Companies.
In a press statement, Younis stated, "I hope the diversity of my first season will give audiences a flavour of what is to come – Chalet Lines, a new play by Northern writer Lee Mattinson; two revelatory monologues You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy and Dry Ice; Amir Nizar Zuabi's latest work, The Beloved, as part of World Stages London, and of course, it's a huge honour to welcome Dominic Savage to the Bush where he will direct Fear, his first work for the theatre. In my first season as Artistic Director I am keen to push the boundaries of the company’s new home and fully realise the performative value of this space. We will begin to explore the nature of a second studio theatre through a series of work and consultation with our architects Haworth Tompkins."
Chalet Lines will begin performances April 6 prior to an official opening April 12, for a run through May 5. It will subsequently form part of the Autumn Season at Live Theatre, Newcastle. The double bill of Caroline Hoton's You're Not Like the Other Girls and Sabrina Mahfouz's Dry Ice, both performed by their authors, who are also two of the theatre's new associate artists, will run May 8-11. The Beloved will begin performances May 21 prior to an official opening May 25, for a run through June 9. Fear will begin performances June 18, prior to an official opening June 21, for a run through July 14.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8743 5050, or visit www.bushtheatre.co.uk for more details.