Bush theatre

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Fair Play review – dynamic two-hander tracks gender and race in sport
Ella Road’s remarkable play, directed by Monique Touko, is a tender and intimate story of teenage friendship and athletics

Kate Wyver

09, Dec, 2021 @11:32 AM

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Old Bridge review – star-crossed lovers in war-torn Yugoslavia
Igor Memic’s prize-winning debut is an affecting if slightly uneven conflict romance brought to life by vivid detail

Mark Lawson

29, Oct, 2021 @6:00 PM

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10 Nights review – funny, soulful play hijacked by lack of drama
Shahid Iqbal Khan’s signed play about a young Muslim’s spiritual journey could be fantastic, but it needs a better narrative

Arifa Akbar

19, Oct, 2021 @2:19 PM

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The week in theatre: Hamlet; Anna X; Lava – review
Ian McKellen’s assurance as the Prince of Denmark is a double-edged sword

Susannah Clapp

25, Jul, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Lava review – a captivating, continent-spanning one-woman show
Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo oozes charm and confidence in Benedict Lombe’s superb memoir-monologue

Kate Wyver

15, Jul, 2021 @12:53 PM

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Harm review – savage brilliance and envy in an Instagram blizzard
Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s intoxicating social media drama, starring Kelly Gough as a lonely estate agent, exceeds even the brilliance of the BBC’s recent version

Arifa Akbar

24, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Zainab Hasan: a remarkable star calling time on stereotypes
In our new series profiling exciting theatre talents, the actor-writer remembers lessons from Phyllida Lloyd and rapping in Molière

Arifa Akbar

03, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Overflow review – friendship and fear in bathroom-sink drama
Reece Lyons stars in Travis Alabanza’s thought-provoking play which explores trans safety and is set in a public toilet

Kate Wyver

10, Dec, 2020 @9:56 AM

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'There will be positives': artistic directors on theatre's terrible year
The Observer revisits six theatre bosses appointed in 2019 to discuss the existential threat to their industry, and the fightback

Holly Williams

27, Sep, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Theatres that made us: from the Watermill to the Bush
Continuing our series on great venues, choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh and actor Paterson Joseph are among those celebrating their essential role

Compiled by Chris Wiegand

10, Jul, 2020 @8:05 PM

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The Protest review – superb set of dramas for the Black Lives Matter movement
Pain, anger and everyday racism are examined in this powerful series of short films from the Bush theatre

Arifa Akbar

17, Jun, 2020 @11:49 AM

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The High Table review – coming out and coming together in tender debut
Inspired by Netflix’s Master of None, Temi Wilkey delivers a heartfelt and funny tale of love and ancestral ties in Nigeria

Arifa Akbar

17, Feb, 2020 @6:00 AM

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