Bush Theatre Announces New Season and Launches Social Networking and Online Publishing Site

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The Bush Theatre will premiere four new plays in the coming season — alongside the London premiere of an Edinburgh success — which runs September 2009-April 2010.

In addition, the theatre will achieve a global online presence with the launch of bushgreen, a new social networking and online publishing website (www.bushgreen.org), which in the words of artistic director Josie Rourke, "is a great new forum for playwrights and theatre people to meet, share experiences and collaborate. I'm really excited to see how the work published through the site wil find its way onto the Bush stage and into other theatres around the country and internationally. It's a quiet revolution."

Rourke also stated that the new season will be "a platform for a group of young writers who we think are the most exicting and important new voices around. We're proud that three of the proudtions have come through our script-reading programme and of the 1000+ plays we've read over the past twelve months, James Graham, Nick Payne and Penelope Skinner's work has shone through. These are searching and funny storeis reflecting contemporary Britain.”

The season begins with Jack Thorne's 2nd May 1997, beginning performances Sept. 8 prior to an official opening Sept. 14, for a run through Oct. 10. Described as a delicate and stinging play that tells three deeply personal stories from the early hours of Blair's first victory in 1997, when New Labour defeated the Tories after the eighteen years they had been in power, it is directed by George Perrin, with design by Hannah Clark and lighting by Philip Gladwell. The cast includes James Barrett, Geoffrey Beevers, Linda Broughton, Jamie Samuel and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Throne's previous plays include When You Cure Me (seen at the Bush), Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (NT Connections) and Stacy (National Theatre of Scotland and Arcola). His debut feature film, "The Scouting Book for Boys," is due for release later this year. Following its run at the Bush Theatre, 2nd May 1997 will tour to Watford Palace Theatre (Oct. 20-21), Colchester's Mercury Theatre (Oct. 22-24), and Manchester's Royal Exchange Studio (Oct. 27-31).

It will be followed by Nick Payne's debut play If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, for which he won the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. It begins performances Oct. 17, prior to an official opening Oct. 22, for a run through Nov. 21. According to press materials, surviving school as a fat kid is tough enough. When your Mum's a teacher, it's hell. What's more, Anna's Dad is obsessed with saving the world and her maverick uncle Terry is dossing on the couch. When Anna hits back at the bullies, she finds herself suspended from school and stuck at home with hapless Terry trying to save her. But Terry needs saving himself, and as the bond between the two deepens, Anna finds herself swept up in a friendship she can't live without. The play is directed by Bush artistic director Josie Rourke, with design by Lucy Osborne, lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by Emma Laxton. Casting is to be announced.

Next, following their debuts on the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 and 2009, The Stefan Golaszewski Plays, written and performed by Golaszewski, being presented for the first time together. They will begin performances Dec. 2, prior to an offical opening Dec. 4, for a run through Jan. 9, 2010. According to press materials, the plays give us a glimpse into one man's love at two very different stages of life. Stefan Golaszweksi Speaks About A Girl He Once Loved is described as a bruising one-man show about being 18, in love and being unable to cope. In Walthamstow, in 1999, a girl and a boy meet in a pub. One day later it is over. The boy is still trying to deal with it. He has written a play about it. Stefan Golaszweksi Is A Widower forms the second part of the evening. In 2054, Stefan Golaszewski's wife died. Now, in 2056, crushed, alone and 76 years old, he revisits their life together and performs a one-man play dedicated to her memory. Golaszewski was the recipient of a 2008 Fringe First Award and nominated as Best Actor in the Stage Newspaper Acting Awards. As part of comedy troupe Cowards, he has had series on BBC4 and on Radio 4. The Stefan Golaszewski Plays are directed and designed by Phillip Breen, and presented by Golaszewski and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd. in association with the Bush Theatre and United Agents. James Graham, winner of the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play 2007 for Eden's Empire, then premieres his latest, The Whisky Taster, beginning performances Jan. 20 2010, prior to an official opening Jan. 26, for a run to Feb. 20. Described as a technicolor story about seeing things too clearly in a city that never stands still, it revolves around Barney and Nicola, who are advertising wonder kids. They win accounts with wit, charm and a secret weapon – Barney's ability to feel, smell and taste colors, and to translate these sensations into words. Lately Barney has been finding things way too colorful and wishes his full throttle London life was more black and white, but Nicola is hell bent on winning accounts at all costs. When the two hire an old Scottish Whisky Taster to help them with a new campaign, his strange wisdom slows the Londoners to a stop, just as the deadline looms. James Grieve, associate director of the Bush Theatre and artistic director of nabokov, directs, with design by Lucy Osborne and lighting by James Farncombe. Casting is to be announced.

Finally, Penelope Skinner, whose previous plays include F**ked (seen at the Old Red Lion), premieres her new play, Eigenrau, beginning performances March 10 (prior to an official opening March 15), for a run through April 10. In the play, Rose believes in true love and leprechauns. Her flatmate Cassie is engaged in a fervent struggle against patriarchal oppression. Across London, Mark believes in the power of marketing. His flatmate Tim Muffin is engaged in a fervent struggle against his own waistline. When circumstance throws them together, all four have their beliefs tested to devastating effect in a black comedy about trying to connect in a city where Gumtree can sometimes feel like your closest friend. Polly Findlay directs, with design by Hannah Clark and lighting by Matthew Pitman. Casting is to be announced. Eigengrau is presented by Western Edge Plays and is a Strawberry Vale production in association with the Bush Theatre.

To book tickets contact the box office at 020 8743 5050 or visit www.bushtheatre.co.uk.

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