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New writing leads Bush Theatre’s 2018 season

Bush Theatre's 2018 season writers include Winsome Pinnock, Vinay Patel, Estelle Savasta and Arinze Kene, photo: Bronwen Sharp
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Plays from Winsome Pinnock and Vinay Patel feature in the Bush Theatre’s 2018 season.

Pinnock’s Leave Taking is part of artistic director Madani Younis’ new ‘passing the baton’ initiative, which commits to producing one play a year by a British writer of colour from the 20th century.

Younis will direct the play about a second-generation immigrant family, which runs from May 24 to June 30, with press night on May 31.

Patel’s new play An Adventure, described as a “technicolour love story”, runs Sep 6 to Oct 20, with press night on September 11.

The season will also include Going Through by Estelle Savasta, the world premiere of Misty by Arinzé Kene, a blend of gig theatre, spoken word, and live art exploring the city of London, and the world premiere of Jellyfish by Ben Weatherill.

Monica Dolan’s The B*easts, which explores the sexualisation of children in modern culture, will run from February 12 to March 3. The one-woman show, performed by Dolan, premiered at the Bush and then ran at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, landing Dolan an award from The Stage.

Javaad Alipoor will also present his play The Believers Are But Brothers, another acclaimed show that ran at the Fringe in August.

The season also includes a co-production with Antler of Lands, created by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart with Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead.

Artistic director Madani Younis said: “I am so proud to be announcing yet another season of bold new plays for our newly revitalised home, with the new initiative of ‘Passing the Baton’ at its heart.

“‘Passing the Baton’ is a yearly commitment by the Bush Theatre to celebrate and put centre-stage one play a year from the extraordinary body of work of British writers of colour from the 20th century.”

He added: “This is not simply about reviving a play we think is important. This is about confronting the fact that this work has often been relegated to the footnotes of the theatrical canon. It’s about saying we’re going to take this play and make it new again.”

Season at a glance:

The Believers Are But Brothers by Javaad Alipoor

Co-directed by Alipoor and Kirsty Housely
Jan 24 to Feb 10, press Night 26 Jan

The B*easts by Monica Dolan

Directed by John Hoggarth
Feb 12 to March 3, press night 15 Feb

Misty by Arinzé Kene

Directed by Omar Elerian
March 15 to April 21, press night March 21

Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock

Directed by Madani Younis
May 24 to June 30, press night May 31

An Adventure by Vinay Patel

Co-directed by Madani Younis and Omar Elerian
Sep 6 to Oct 20, press night 11 Sep

Jellyfish by Ben Weatherill

Directed by Tim Hoare
Jun 26 to July 29

Going Through by Estelle Savasta

Translated by Kristen Hazel Smith
Directed by Omar Elerian
Oct 3 to Nov 3, press night Oct 5

Lands by Antler

Created by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart with Sophie Steer and Leah Brotherhead

Directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart

Nov 13 to Dec 8,  press night Nov 15

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