Celebrating 50 years: Coral Wylie

Coral is a non-binary writer, theatre maker and wildlife educator from West London. Their work in theatre aims to show ways in which science and art intersect, and how powerful it can be when they do. Born and raised in Shepherd’s Bush, Coral has had a lifelong relationship with the Bush Theatre, with memories of visits to our former home on Goldhawk Road as well as long afternoons spent reading playtexts in our new Script Library.

“I honestly couldn’t tell you my first time at the Bush, it’s just been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember… I used to hang out when the Bush was at its old site on Goldhawk Road and then when it moved, I procrastinated from finishing my dissertation by reading playtexts in the Script Library”

Coral officially became a member of the Bush family when they joined our Bush Young Company (18-25) in September 2021. With the Young Company, Coral showcased a piece they had written in response to Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing at our 50th birthday party in April this year and was most recently seen in ANTHEM which premiered at the Bush this August. Coral is also part of Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab for 2022 and has just finished their first full-length play.

“Joining the Bush Young Company has offered so many opportunities for me to meet new creatives and write for a show that is so deeply important to me”

As a wildlife educator, Coral is also passionate about conservation and environmental sustainability. Their bug theatre was placed on our roof earlier this year and is used as a way to encourage our local wildlife to flourish. Coral is currently working on a mural of the wildlife found around Shepherd’s Bush, which you’ll be able to spot in our Terrace in the near future!
At the Bush, we’re all about championing our Young Company members to express their unique interests and creativity, and we’re so proud we have the chance to showcase Coral’s talents.

“The Bush is a place I can go to be inspired.. it’s a place of celebrating community and individuality… I have always been pushed and encouraged to go bigger and bolder with my work”

When asked if they had any advice for people coming to The Bush for the first time, they said:

“Talk to as many people and get involved with as many things as possible… Everyone here is rooting for all the best bits of the world of theatre, and it’s highly likely that includes you!”

We need your help to to ensure we are here to do the work of showcasing the best new and underrepresented voices through schemes like the Young Companies and our Emerging Writers’ Group for the next 50 years. Our New Writing Fund gives you the perfect opportunity to support us today, and because any donation is match-funded, your donation will have double the impact.

Find out more and donate to the New Writing Fund today.