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New Bush Theatre leader Lynette Linton urges industry to ‘keep fighting’ on diversity

Lynette Linton at The Stage Awards. Photo: David Monteith-Hodge Lynette Linton at The Stage Awards. Photo: David Monteith-Hodge
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New Bush Theatre artistic director Lynette Linton has said the industry needs to “keep fighting” to ensure that “every voice is represented”.

The playwright and director argued that despite recent progress made in terms of diversity in theatre, it was the job of sector leaders to “keep pushing to get those stories out there”.

She was speaking at The Stage Awards 2019, alongside former director of the Bush Madani Younis, who said recent leadership appointments marked a “sea change” for London theatre.

The Bush Theatre was awarded London theatre of the year at The Stage Awards, in association with Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“Every voice needs to be represented in theatre and it’s our job to keep going,” Linton said.

“I think sometimes we go: ‘There’s loads of change, we’ve done enough.’ But no, we’re going to keep working, keep fighting, keep pushing to get those stories out there – and that’s what the Bush is here for.”

Younis said it was “such an exciting time to be here in London” with the recent string of artistic director changes.

“This is a brand new chapter for theatre in London, with people like Lynette, Kwame [Kwei-Armah]’s appointment [at the Young Vic], and everyone else that is currently making waves in their organisations,” he told The Stage.

“This is a sea change, this is a moment in our theatrical history that we’re going to look back on and say something has changed.”

Last week, Kwei-Armah said leadership changes demonstrated an industry “moving forward”.

Kwame Kwei-Armah: ‘Theatre’s new artistic leaders show an industry that is moving forward’

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