Introducing the Bush Theatre’s 2019 Community Season

The Bush Theatre makes plays in one of the most culturally diverse areas in London, and we’re incredibly proud of that. We want our community to feel part of our past, present and future. We run an exciting programme of community projects for young people and adults, including our flagship Community Associate Companies programme.

2019 will be an exciting time for the Bush Community. Events coming up include…


The Neighbourhood Company
25 January 2019

The Neighbourhood Company are a Community Associate Company at the Bush Theatre for 2018 – 19. They are a company made up of 25 local people, between the ages of 10 – 85. They have been working with the Bush Theatre and Lead Artist, Molly Taylor, to create an original, devised performance which will be staged in the Bush Theatre’s auditorium on Friday 25 January 2019. Watch this space for ticketing information!


Find out more about the Bush Community Associate Company programme here.

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Young Writers Group 
Launching January 2019

We are excited to be launching our brand new youth engagement project in 2019, the Bush Young Writers Group.

Young Writers Group is a 12-week playwriting course for eight writers aged 14-17 from West London. As well as developing their playwriting skills, they will gain experience in producing and directing during an intensive four-day rehearsal process. Their plays will be performed in a showcase performance in April 2019.

We are accepting applications now!

Application Deadline: 12pm on Monday 17 December 2018.

Offers will be made on: 7 January 2019

Please find more information about how to apply here.

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NT Connections at the Bush Theatre
29 April – 2 May

Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform as part of their Connections Festival, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. The Bush will be hosting seven young companies over four nights including:

The Upstarts performing Chaos by Laura Lomas
CHSG Players performing Salt by Dawn King
The John Fisher School performing Class by Ben Bailey Smith & Lajaune Lincoln
LAMMAS/Norlington performing Variations by Katie Hims
Reed’s School performing Flesh by Rob Drummond
Surbiton High School performing Chaos by Laura Lomas
Wallington County Grammar School performing The Sad Club by Luke Barnes & music by Adam Pleeth


Young Harts Writing Festival
3 – 4 May 2019

Harts Theatre Company in collaboration with Bush Theatre presents the Young Harts Writing Festival 2019.

Young Harts Writing Festival is a creatively accessible new writing festival, which merges the gap between emerging artists and professional artists.

Five emerging writers compete against five professional writers for the title of audience favourite for their original pieces on the theme of Freedom.

YHWF 2019 will see an all-female professional writing and directing team. The plays will be directed by Harts Theatre Company Artistic Director Ann Akin and Bush Theatre’s newly appointed Artistic Director, Lynette Linton.

Submit a 10 minute play through an online competition for a chance to be chosen.

Winning writers receive a free writing master class and another month to redraft their plays. Each young writer will be partnered with a professional writer as their mentor and go head to head to win the audience favourite vote in a two day festival. But here’s the twist: The audience won’t know the author of each play when they cast their vote. Submissions open on the 1st February- 15th March 2019.

Submission information to be announced soon.