Watch inspiring new shows and take a peek at works in progress at Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival.
The programme features a rich mix of double bills to choose from. Take your pick from an evening featuring two different shows, or a show and a work in progress, or be part of a state of the arts discussion event and then see a show.
Of particular London interest, Chalk Farm is set in the aftermath of the 2011 London riots and Venus/Mars is – yes – a play about a relationship but played out through words and set against a 21st century London backdrop. Live artist Bryony Kimmings asks for a cure for heartbreak in Heartbreak.Heartache and invites solutions and stories from Shepherds Bush audiences.
All the shows sound intimate and intriguing – there’s one about anorexia (but don’t let that out you off), a Brown Owl with a One Direction fixation, a icy journey into the White and a relationship erupting like a volcano, in Spanish.
In addition, for one night only, poet and playwright, Inua Ellams, is hosting The Midnight Run, a poetic event for the adventurous on the streets of W8.
In the sneak peek section, Negril Beach is named for the eponymous Caribbean restaurant that survives among the chicken shops of Uxbridge Road, run by pillar of the community, Maude Peters. Other works in progress include Free Falling Bird, described as “a shot in the arm for contemporary South Africa” and The Crows Plucked Your Sinews, looking at the violence of empire from a Woolwich council flat. Audiences will be invited to ask the creative teams behind these shows questions and help influence their development.
Discussion in the Platform events should be lively with each featuring five speakers with 10 minutes to talk about innovation and change in the arts, culture and society. Writers, directors and performers are involved but also an architect, campaigner, researcher and development officer for a wide sweep of views.