Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Bush Theatre announces new collaboration

Yesterday the Bush Theatre announced a new collaboration to transfer the successful “call for plays” campaign, which in 2008 brought un-produced writers from London’s East End to the stage, to West London with an exciting new project; ANGLE at the Bush led by patron Roy Williams.

Launched in 2007, the original project reached over 50 community organisations. They received a total of 100 submissions, 50 were from first time writers and 40 scripts were written by people from a BAME background. Three plays were selected to be produced in ANGLE’s inaugural season of plays: TriANGLE09 at Hackney Empire Studio which successfully reached a culturally diverse audience. Two of the writers, sociologist Shamser Sinha and Mina Maisuria, were offered commissions and attachments respectively at The Royal Court and the Bush Theatre. In November 2008 ANGLE Theatre won a Peter Brook Award in support of its first season.

Initiated by Charlotte Gwinner, founder of ANGLE Theatre and an associate director at the Bush Theatre, and produced by Gabby Vautier, ANGLE at the Bush will take place from March to November 2011. It will be targeting local writers who exist outside of the regular new theatre writing channels across the surrounding boroughs: Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, Hounslow, Harrow and Hillingdon. Leaflets and posters will be distributed and workshops will be delivered to community groups who are without access to the theatre; with the aim to combine professional theatre with raw writing talent from the locality, and to provide a springboard for fledgling writers.

Charlotte Gwinner said: ‘This year we are thrilled to be working with the prestigious Bush Theatre under the helm of Josie Rourke. ANGLE seeks to unearth raw and charismatic new writing and takes its inspiration from local people. Our aim is to bring “outsider” writing talent under the banner of high quality theatre and to entertain new audiences with highly polished productions. Under these aims we are delighted to launch our search for the next generation of playwrights from the Bush with its extraordinary track record in discovering new talent; and particularly at this exciting time in its illustrious history as it moves into its new premises securing its links with a rich and diverse community.’

The Bush Theatre’s artistic director Josie Rourke said: ‘Everyone at the Bush Theatre is thrilled to be working with ANGLE on this important and deep-reaching project. ANGLE is second to none at reaching out to the quieter and underrepresented voices in London. The Bush is delighted to bring them West this year.’

Roy Williams said: ‘Schemes like these are more important than ever to find new writers; young and old. Growing up in the local area, I’m delighted to be the patron of ANGLE at the Bush.’

All submissions will be read by a team of professional script readers employed by ANGLE and The Bush. The panel will shortlist selected writers who will be develop their plays with professional directors and cast. The plays will be presented as part of the new season at the Bush’s new home at the old library in Autumn/Winter.

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