Bush Retrospective: Independence

A rehearsed reading of Mustapha Matura's 1979 play

Bush Retrospective October will be Mustapha Matura’s Independence, which premiered at the Bush in 1979.

The rehearsed reading of an extract from Mustapha Matura’s 1979 play Independence starring Stefan Khalipha and Obadiah, directed by Natasha Wright.

The reading will be followed by a panel discussion where Ingrid Selberg, Mustapha’s widow, will be joined by Beru Tessema, writer of House of Ife, which its critically acclaimed world premiere at the Bush in 2022, directed by Lynette Linton as part of our 50th birthday season.

Mustapha Matura was a Trinidadian playwright, writing plays about the West Indian experience in London. He co-founded the Black Theatre Co-operative (now NitroBeat).

This is a past event


Stefan Khalipha


Bush Green

Conversations, dispatches and ideas from the Bush Theatre.

Go to BushGreen
BUSHCYLING: How we’re improving our sustainability, one stage set at a time

When you watch a new show at the Bush, you’re seeing a brand new set every time… or are you?  Putting on a production can use a lot of resources: from energy for lights to purchasing costumes and furniture to the timber needed to build sets and scenery, so we try to reuse materials as…

“I keep coming back to sex and death – but, you know, in a fun way.” Meet Marcelo Dos Santos

With a day to go until Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen bursts onto our stage, we caught up with writer Marcelo Dos Santos to get the inside scoop on his inspirations for the play and how it feels to, as he says, “put it all out there”. “I’m inspired by…

Writer and star of Elephant | Meet Anoushka Lucas

Opening this October, Olivier Award nominee Anoushka Lucas returns to the Bush Theatre with a brand new production of her debut play, Elephant. Here is everything you need to know about the incredibly talented writer and performer behind the production.  She never planned to be an actor… or a playwright. Anoushka is a multi-talented artist:…