Autumn Winter 2017 Season Announcement

We’ve announced a season of six plays for Autumn Winter 2017 at the Bush Theatre.

  • A retrospective of work by internationally acclaimed Iranian theatre-maker Nassim Soleimanpour, featuring three previous works and a brand-new play commissioned by the Bush Theatre.
  • A season of international stories, featuring over 10 new works, from Muslim women both at home and abroad entitled Hijabi Monologues.
  • Previously announced new plays by Sophie Wu (Ramona Tells Jim) and Chris Thompson (Of Kith and Kin).
  • A new play by Thomas Eccleshare entitled Heather in a production with Dancing Brick, Paul Jellis and Tobacco Factory Theatres.
  • The Bruntwood Prize judges award winning Parliament Square by James Fritz in a co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre.

Ramona Tells Jim

20 Sep – 21 Oct | Studio

Scotland. One wet, midge-riddled field trip. And a scandal. Ramona Tells Jim is a darkly comic play about confession and the gravity of young love, from Bush Theatre Emerging Writers’ Group graduate and actor Sophie Wu (Kick Ass, Wild Child). Directed by Mel Hillyard.


Nassim Plays

7-16 Sep | Theatre

Nassim Soleimanpour took Broadway by storm with international hit White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. We present a retrospective of his four works in repertory over a week. These include the self-titled Nassim, commissioned by the Bush Theatre; White Rabbit Red Rabbit, presented by Aurora Nova; Blank (Bush Theatre’s RADAR 2015 and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016), presented by Aurora Nova; and the UK premiere of new play Cook, co-created by Nassim Soleimanpour and the Danish director Jesper Pedersen. His plays are unique in that they require no preparation: just a sealed envelope and a different actor each night performing the script for the first time.


Hijabi Monologues London

28-30 Sep | Theatre

Experience diverse stories of Muslim women from all over the world – unfiltered and uncensored. Hijabi Monologues London will include existing monologues penned for this international project by women including original writer Sahar Ullah and new works from members of our community. A licensed production of Hijabi Monologues USA.


Of Kith and Kin

18 Oct – 25 Nov | Theatre

Daniel and Oliver are putting the final touches to their flat in Bethnal Green for the arrival of their baby. Their friend Priya is acting as surrogate but the cracks in all their relationships are beginning to show. A gripping new comedy by Chris Thompson about what happens when you can choose your family. A co-production with Sheffield Theatres.



31 Oct – 18 Nov | Studio

What matters more, the storyteller or the story? Brilliantly imaginative and theatrically original, Heather is a short, sharp story about language, prejudice and the power of stories. The cast will include Ashley Gerlach and Charlotte Melia. Presented by Dancing Brick and Paul Jellis in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres and the Bush Theatre.


Parliament Square

30 Nov – 6 Jan | Theatre

Raw, disturbing and compassionate James Fritz‘s searingly powerful play won the Judge’s Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. What can one individual do to effect change? And where do we choose to draw the line between absolute commitment and dangerous obsession? A co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre.