The Bush Theatre will be bubbling over with new work this summer and autumn as it brings two world premieres and one European premiere to its west London stage.
Tanya Ronder’s F*ck The Polar Bears and Tom Holloway’s Forget Me Not are to join the previously announced The Invisible, by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, in the theatre’s line-up. New writing festival RADAR is also set to return to the Shepherd’s Bush venue.
Ronder’s F*ck The Polar Bears (11 September to 24 October), which was commissioned by the Bush, is billed as a funny and surreal family drama. It follows hard-working Gordon, who’s on the verge of a major promotion at a large energy company, and his hard-working wife who dreams of the perfect life. But in their home bulbs keep blowing, drains keep blocking and phones won’t charge. Is the life they want worth the cost?
Forget Me Not, which runs from 8 December and is presented in association with HighTide Festival Theatre, delves into the story of the child migrants sent from Britain to Australia between 1945 and 1968 who were promised better lives but received quite the opposite.
The pair of premieres follows Lenkiewicz’s The Invisible, which runs from 3 July, into the Bush. The legal aid drama explores the effect of the government cutting £350 million of legal aid, and is built upon testimonies from real people across all levels of the British justice system.
In addition to the three new shows, the Bush’s festival of new writing, RADAR, returns for its fourth year in November.
Prior to the new season, James Graham’s tale of 1970s anarchists The Angry Brigade runs at the Bush from 30 April.