The line-up for the Bush Theatre’s new writing festival, RADAR 2015, features 12 new pieces or works-in-progress, ranging from a tale of climate change to an exploration of an epic poem.
For the first time in the festival’s short history, the west London venue will produce two of the shows being staged, Steve Waters personal journey through climate change In A Vulnerable Place and Arinze Kene’s lyrical urban tale Misty.
The Bush-produced pair is joined by a couple of UK premieres: Nassim Soleimanpour’s Blank, performed by a different performer reading from a sealed script each night, and Nasim Aghili’s piece exploring worldwide racism and police violence The Ground Is On Fire.
RADAR 2015, which runs from 11 to 26 November, will also premiere the debut work by Rachael Ofori, Protrait, which takes a witty look at modern life through the eyes of a young black woman.
Edinburgh fringe hits Labels and Pheasant Plucker, Curious Directive’s science/theatre hybrid Solo, Christopher Bailey Brett’s monologue This Is How We Die, spoken word star Simon Mole’s No More Worries, absurdist show If I Were Me, and the Milton-inspired Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me) complete the line-up.
Each evening of the festival, two shows will play together as a double bill.
Speaking about RADAR, Bush Theatre Artistic Director Madani Younis said: “RADAR is a true microcosm of our vision as a theatre. In the four short years that the festival has taken place, RADAR artists have gone on to become major voices in the theatre industry and continue to make some of the most exciting work in the new writing world. As ever, RADAR is a festival of ideas, and this year’s will be the bravest, strongest, and most urgent, to date.”
RADAR is staged at the Bush following the world premiere of Tanya Ronder’s new family drama, F*ck The Polar Bears, which begins its autumn run next week.