Casting and sponsor announced for RADAR 2015 Bush Theatre’s Festival of New Writing 11-26 November 2015

Casting and sponsor announced for RADAR 2015
Bush Theatre’s Festival of New Writing
11-26 November 2015

Tim Crouch, Paul Hunter and Hattie Morahan, to appear in Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour  

RADAR Connect sponsored by Nick Hern Books

Tim Crouch, Paul Hunter and Hattie Morahan will each appear in acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s one-person show Blank as part of RADAR, the Bush Theatre’s annual festival of new writing. The show’s UK premiere will feature a different performer reading a sealed script every night. Paul Hunter will appear on 19th November, Tim Crouch on 20th November, and Hattie Morahan on 21st November.

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The Bush Theatre also announced today that RADAR Connect – a series of free theatre practice workshops for postgraduate students – will be sponsored by leading theatre publishers Nick Hern Books, who publish some of the UK’s most exciting new drama, including many original plays produced at the Bush, together with a wide range of authoritative theatre books written by well-known theatre practitioners. Nick Hern Books also publish Arinze Kene and Steve Waters, both of whom are presenting work in this year’s festival.

RADAR is a festival presenting the Bush’s annual snapshot of the very best of contemporary new writing, from London to the rest of the UK and beyond. Embracing a wide range of voices, styles and experiences, the aim of RADAR is to champion a new generation of artists, to present them to a wider audience, to offer a testing ground for new work, and to begin and nurture long-term relationships between the Bush and emerging artists.

Each night of the festival two shows will be presented in a double bill under one ticket. As in previous years, RADAR CONNECT will run alongside the festival – a series of free practical workshops for postgraduate students, led by a cohort of professionals working in the industry.

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RADAR 2015 will see the Bush embrace new artists such as Racheal Ofori and Ben Duke, as well as welcoming returning writers and companies such as Steve Waters, Nassim Soleimanpour and Antler.
Tim Crouch was an actor for many years before starting to write – and he still performs in much of his work. His plays include My Arm, ENGLAND (a play for galleries), the OBIE award winning An Oak Tree, The Author, Adler & Gibb and (with Andy Smith) what happens to the hope at the end of the evening. Tim tours his work nationally and internationally. He also writes for younger audiences. A series of plays inspired by Shakespeare’s lesser characters includes I, Malvolio. For the RSC, Tim has directed The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear and I, Cinna (the poet) – all for young audiences. Tim is published by Oberon Books.
Paul Hunter will soon be filming This Beautiful Fantastic. He has just finished filming the feature film The Jungle Book. He also stars in the feature films Pan, directed by Joe Wright; Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and Alice Through The Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin. He could recently be seen in Marvellous for BBC. Theatre credits include Tartuffe for Birmingham Rep; The Fantasticks for the Duchess; Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Troilus & Cressida all for the Globe and Rapunzel for Kneehigh. TV credits include Wizards Vs Aliens for BBC; regular Dr Cooper on Trinity for Roughcut and Mitchell And Kenyon for the BBC. Film credits include Maleficent; Snow White And The Huntsman; Pirates Of The Caribbean and One Day. Paul is a founder member and artistic director of award-winning theatre company Told By An Idiot.

Hattie Morahan’s work in theatre include The Changeling (Sam Wanamaker playhouse); A Doll’s House (Young Vic / West End / BAM – Evening Standard Award, Critics Circle Award); The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida); The Real Thing (Old Vic); The Seagull, Three More Sleepless Nights, Time and the Conways, …some trace of her, Iphigenia at Aulis and Power (National Theatre); The Family Reunion (Donmar); The City (Royal Court); See How they Run; Arsenic and Old Lace (West End). Her work outside London includes Plenty at the Sheffield Crucible, directed by Thea Sharrock; Twelfth Night (WYP); and for the RSC, Night of the Soul, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Hamlet, Love in a Wood, and Huis Clos.

On screen, her work includes Beauty and the Beast; Ballot Monkeys; Mr Holmes; Alice Through the Looking Glass; The Outcast; Arthur and George; Outnumbered; Summer in February; Eternal Law; Money; Lewis; Bodies; Marple; The Peacock Spring; The Bank Job; The Golden Compass; Sense and Sensibility.

LISTINGS
RADAR 2015
11 – 26 November 2015
Bush Theatre, London
All shows presented in double bills, starting at 7.30pm
Wed 11 Nov
Misty by Arinze Kene
Dirty Little Secrets aka The Blues Show by Jumoké Fashola
Thu 12 Nov
No More Worries by Simon Mole
Misty by Arinze Kene
Fri 13 Nov
This Is How We Die by Christopher Brett BaileyNo More Worries by Simon Mole
Sat 14 Nov
This Is How We Die by Christopher Brett Bailey
No More Worries by Simon Mole
Mon 16 Nov
Portrait by Racheal Ofori/Fuel
Labels by Worklight Theatre
Tue 17 Nov
Portrait by Racheal Ofori/Fuel
If I Were Me by Antler
Wed 18 Nov
Portrait by Racheal Ofori/Fuel
If I Were Me by Antler
Thu 19 Nov
Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour
If I Were Me by Antler
Fri 20 Nov
Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour
Paradise Lost by Ben Duke/Lost Dog
Sat 21 Nov
Blank by Nassim Soleimanpour
Paradise Lost by Ben Duke/Lost Dog
Mon 23 Nov
In A Vulnerable Place by Steve Waters
Solo by Curious Directive
Tue 24 Nov
The Ground Is On Fire by Nasim Aghili
In A Vulnerable Place by Steve Waters
Wed 25 Nov
The Ground Is On Fire by Nasim Aghili
In A Vulnerable Place by Steve Waters
Thu 26 Nov
The Ground Is On Fire by Nasim Aghili
Pheasant Plucker by Lily Bevan

 

BOX OFFICE
Bush Theatre
7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ
Box Office: 020 8743 5050 /http://bushtheatre.co.uk
Early bird tickets £10
Standard tickets £15
RADAR Off Script £4 per debate and discounts available for multiple bookings
BUSH THEATRE
The Bush is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights. We discover, nurture and produce the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, and present their work to the highest possible standards. We look for exciting new voices that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion and we champion work that is both provocative and entertaining.
The Bush has produced hundreds of groundbreaking premieres since its inception in 1972, many of them Bush commissions, and hosted guest productions by leading companies and artists from across the world. The Bush is widely acclaimed as the seedbed for the best new playwrights, many of whom have gone on to become established names. The Bush has won over 100 awards, and developed an enviable reputation for touring its acclaimed productions nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit: http://www.bushtheatre.co.uk
Madani Younis took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. Earlier this year he directed the critically acclaimed UK premiere of The Royale. In 2013 he won the Groucho Club Maverick Award for the theatre, following the most successful season in the theatre’s history which played to 99% capacity. Also for the Bush Theatre he has directed Perseverance Drive and Chalet Lines. Prior to his appointment at the Bush Theatre, he was Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford, Yorkshire where his work included the site-specific work, The Mill – City of Dreams. He has also worked nationally and internationally as a theatre director, writer and practitioner. Whilst at Freedom Studios he collaborated with the Bush Theatre through workshops culminating in Freedom’s two week residency in 2010 at the theatre. He was previously Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Asian Theatre School. He originally trained in film, and his debut short film Ellabellapumpanella, commissioned by the UK Film Council, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. He was the recipient of the Decibel Award at the South Bank Awards show in 2006.

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