Community Associate Companies

We invited two local organisations to become Associate Companies of the Bush Theatre.

During the year, these groups will form a long-term, collaborative, creative relationship with the Bush and will have the same resource support and status as any other artist or theatre company might have in the organisation.

Over 9 months, they will be working with partner artists and get to explore different artistic styles, artforms and ideas, exploring in depth the creative interests of the group. Their own centrepiece projects will be hosted at the Bush Theatre this summer.

Our Associate Companies for 2017 are Nubian Life, who are working with Cressida Brown, and Shepherd’s Bush Families Project, who are working with Tangled Feet.

“The most accessible and original theatre company working in the UK today” –  The Stage

Nubian Life Resource Centre is a care provider based in White City for African and Caribbean older people living with complex health conditions such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes, sensory impairment and physical disabilities.Their mission statement is: “The relief of the African and Caribbean people and the wider community, living in the United Kingdom, in particular without prejudice older people by the provision of interest of social welfare, education, recreation and other leisure time, occupation with the objectives of improving the condition of life of such person.”

Cressida Brown is the Artistic Director of the political theatre company Offstage Theatre, and winner of the Kevin Spacey Foundation UK Artist of Choice. Offstage’s first production was the critically acclaimed HOME (2006) by Gbolahan Obisesan, about the Beaumont Road Estate in East London, Leyton. Productions include AMPHIBIANS by Steve Waters, and WALKING THE TIGHTROPE by writers including Caryl Churchill, Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute and Timberlake Wertenbaker. She has recently worked with the Tricycle Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Theatre 503, Birmingham Rep, and Belarus Free Theatre. Previously she was the National Theatre Studio’s Resident Director on the Bulldog Prinsep bursary for emerging directors.

Shepherds Bush Families Project is a registered charity set up in February 1988 in response to identified need in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. SBFP works with families in housing need, including those living in temporary accommodation and families who are occupying unsuitable housing. It is the only organisation in the borough specifically targeting its services to families in housing need.  They offer a range of services to support parents, children & young people. Two of their main aims are to enable mutually supportive networks to grow among families and empower parents/caregivers to gain a greater sense of control, and effect choices and change in their lives.

Tangled Feet is a physical theatre ensemble who make performances indoors and out: in theatres but also in fields, car parks, shopping centres, in schools, festivals, up scaffolding, on rivers…  With a 13-year history of working together, their highly visual work celebrates the live moment and the relationship with the audience.

Combining innovative staging, spectacular imagery and muscular narratives, the company’s work tackles socially engaged stories on both epic and personal scales: previous work has investigated the youth unemployment crisis (One Million, 2012), the creeping privatisation of the NHS (Care, 2015), the experience of young carers (Need A Little Help, 2015) and the sometimes-difficult transition to parenthood (Kicking and Screaming, 2015).

The Community Associate Companies at the Bush Theatre are kindly sponsored by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.