A remote valley. An unspeakable crime. A prominent architect is commissioned to design a memorial to the victims
On the eve of the presentation of the memorial to the public, a blind woman comes out of the rain and into the architect's studio. She is the mother of one of the victims and she demands to be heard.
Over the next hour the two women do battle over what it means to memorialise the dead, what it means to be a mother and what it means to believe. Like A Fishbone is both a psychological thriller and a haunting puzzle about faith, compassion and the danger of telling the truth.
Anthony Weigh's last play, 2,000 Feet Away, received its UK premiere at the Bush Theatre in June 2008.
Josie Rourke is Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre. Her previous directing credits for the Bush Theatre include If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet by Nick Payne and Apologia by Alexi Kaye Campbell. As a freelancer she has also directed productions for the Chicago Shakespeare Company, RSC, Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse.
POST SHOW EVENTS:
21st June – Response Plays
Our Resident Company nabokov presents Vs
Four fantastic playwright battle it out in two blistering duologues.
Each duologue is written by two writers. Each writer can only control on character. Anrinze Kene Mokwe and Suzanne Heathcote go head to head over faith vs. reason AND Luke Norris and Michael McClean go toe to toe over fundamentalism in liberal politics.
The stage is set but which side of the argument will you be on?
Join us for a night of combat in response to Like a Fishbone.
28th June – Post-show debate in response to Like a Fishbone
Monday 28th June – Exclusive Post-Show Event: 'Art of Rhetoric' with specialist Benet Brandreth
If we wish to persuade then what things do we need to consider? What do you do if the position you are arguing for runs up against the prejudices of your audience?
In response to Like a Fishbone, director of artofrhetoric.com Benet Brandreth will join the Bush's Artistic Director Josie Rourke to shed some light on the key principles of argument and persuasion. Don't miss this exclusive event with Britain's leading expert on the art of rhetoric.
Events will take place at the end of the show and run for 30-40 minutes. Open to all Like a Fishbone ticket holders. Subject to availability
Theatre for the Bush includes: Keyboard Skills, Commitments.
Other theatre includes; Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre); Madame De Sade, John Gabriel Borkman, The Cut, The Vortex (Donmar Warehouse); The House of Bernarda, Alba, The Mandate, Mother Claps Molly House,The Winter's Tale, Once In A While (National Theatre); The Threesome, Cinderella And Her Sisters (Lyric, Hammersmith); Vincent River (59e59 Theater, New York); The School For Scandal, Merchant Of Venice, Twelfth Night, The New Inn, Three Sisters (RSC); The Crucible, Child's Play (Crucible, Sheffield); Tongue Of A Bird, Hedda Gabler (Almeida); The Overgrown Path, Tom And Viv (Royal Court); Top Girls (Royal Court/New York); Artists And Admirers (Riverside Studios); As You Like It, King Lear (Oxford Stage Company); Macbeth (Nuffield, Southampton); Stanley (National Theatre / Circle In The Sq. NY); The Seagull (Thelma Holt/Tour); The New Menosa (The Gate Theatre); The Clandestine Marriage (Thelma Holt/ West End); The House of Bernada Alba (West End); The Beaux Stratagem (Tour/Richmond).
Television includes: Poirot, Silent Witness, Torchwood, Gunrush, Lewis, Cranford, Thin Ice, The Family Man, Foyle's War, State Of Play, Saving Grace, Anna Karenina, Midsomer Murders, Wives And Daughters, Heat Of The Sun, Kavanagh QC, Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes, Maigret, Natural Lies, Anglo Saxon Attitudes, House Of Bernarda Alba, Top Girls, First And Last, What If It's Raining.
Film includes: Summer, Vanity Fair, Me Without You, The End Of The Affair, Jack And Sarah, Truly Madly Deeply.
Theatre includes: The Line (Arcola); Ghosts (The Gate
Television includes: Wallander (Series 1 & 2), Identity,
Casualty 1909, Miss Marple, Poirot, City Of Vice,
Billy Goats Gruff, Whistleblowers, Yellow House, Five
Days, Funland, Murder Prevention, Jane Hall, Love
Again, Sparkhouse, At Home With The Braithwaites
(4 series), Safe House, Sweet Revenge, Dalziel and
Pascoe, The Bill, Soldier, Bliss (1& 2 Series), The
Locksmith, A Touch Of Frost, Chase The Fade, Woof.
TV Film includes: David Copperfield, Wuthering Heights, Deadly Summer, Ball Trap On The Cote Sauvage.
Radio includes: Blood Wedding, Safety Catch, Martha's Metamorphosis, Madame Bovary, Strike, Miscreant Mothers, The Living And The Dead, The Provoked Wife, Another Big Day, The Beehive, Shubbery, Skullduggery.
Theatre for the Bush includes: 2nd May 1997.
Other theatre includes: Rope (Almedia and Sonia
Friedman); Roaring Trade (Soho Theatre); Twelfth
Night (Sprite Productions); Crazy Love (Paines
Plough); Is Everyone OK? (Latitude Festival).
Television includes: Doctors.
Film includes: The Reward.
Phoebe is the Co-Artistic Director of DryWrite.