AKA recently attended a launch of the newly re-developed Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush. 40 years ago, The Bush began it’s life above a pub in Shepherd’s Bush, championing the work of new writers. In 2011, it found a much needed new home in a beautiful old library on the Uxbridge Road; and last week, following a £4.6 million redevelopment, designed by the architect Haworth Tompkins, it re-opened, showing off two auditoria, a rehearsal room, a writers room, a fabulous bar/ café and a lovely outdoor seating area.
At the launch, guests were treated to extracts from three previous Bush productions including Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, Lucy Kirkwood’s Tinderbox and Rory Kinnear’s The Herd; as well as a sneak preview of Vinay Patel’s new commission for The Bush, An Adventure. There were a number of speeches including Artistic Director, Madani Younis talking passionately about creating a space for the community in which it sits and a theatre which reflects the diversity seen on the streets of Shepherd’s Bush. As a launch, it did what it should and made us fall in love with the theatre, what it stands for and the direction in which its headed. Take a look at this video and you may feel the same way!