'Anthony Weigh's play is a gem...magnificent' **** The Times Mon 7 Jun - Sat 10 Jul, 2010

A remote valley. An unspeakable crime. A prominent architect is commissioned to design a memorial to the victims

On the eve of the presentation of the memorial to the public, a blind woman comes out of the rain and into the architect's studio. She is the mother of one of the victims and she demands to be heard.

Over the next hour the two women do battle over what it means to memorialise the dead, what it means to be a mother and what it means to believe. Like A Fishbone is both a psychological thriller and a haunting puzzle about faith, compassion and the danger of telling the truth.

Anthony Weigh's last play, 2,000 Feet Away, received its UK premiere at the Bush Theatre in June 2008.

Josie Rourke is Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre. Her previous directing credits for the Bush Theatre include If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet by Nick Payne and Apologia by Alexi Kaye Campbell. As a freelancer she has also directed productions for the Chicago Shakespeare Company, RSC, Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse.

Post-show Events:


21st June - Response Plays

Our Resident Company nabokov presents Vs

Four fantastic playwright battle it out in two blistering duologues.

Each duologue is written by two writers. Each writer can only control on character. Anrinze Kene Mokwe and Suzanne Heathcote go head to head over faith vs. reason AND Luke Norris and Michael McClean go toe to toe over fundamentalism in liberal politics.

The stage is set but which side of the argument will you be on?
Join us for a night of combat in response to Like a Fishbone.

28th June - Post-show debate in response to Like a Fishbone

Monday 28th June - Exclusive Post-Show Event: 'Art of Rhetoric' with specialist Benet Brandreth

If we wish to persuade then what things do we need to consider? What do you do if the position you are arguing for runs up against the prejudices of your audience?

In response to Like a Fishbone, director of Benet Brandreth will join the Bush's Artistic Director Josie Rourke to shed some light on the key principles of argument and persuasion. Don't miss this exclusive event with Britain's leading expert on the art of rhetoric.

Events will take place at the end of the show and run for 30-40 minutes. Open to all Like a Fishbone ticket holders. Subject to availability

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'Anthony Weigh's play is a gem...magnificent'

FOUR STARS - The times


Direction - Josie Rourke
Design - Lucy Osborne
Lighting - James Farncombe
Sound - Emma Laxton


cast includes

Deborah Findlay
Sarah Smart
Phoebe Waller-Bridge



Dates - 7 June 2010 - 10 July 2010
Mon - Sat - 7.30pm
Sat Matinees - 19, 26 June, 3, 10 July, 2.30pm £15 (£7.50 concessions)
Previews - 7,8,10,11,12 June £15 (£7.50 concessions)
Press Night - 14 June
Audio Described Performance - 19 June, 2.30pm
Captioned Performance - 26 June, 2.30pm
Equity Night - 16 June (£15 for Equity Members)