Tuesday, 24 May 2011

How about a round of applause?

As you may have known they have recently relocated to the old Shepherd's Bush library building on Uxbridge Road. To celebrate this (and possibly to get the Bush a little more cultured) they are inviting locals to come see a show for free (does this warrant Caps Lock, ok it does), that is FREE on either June 11th or June 14th 2011.

Below is a message from the Bush Theatre to their neighbours and more information about the show and how you can get your free tickets.

Be there at the beginning of the transformation from Victorian library to 21st Century theatre…

Dear Neighbour,

The Bush Theatre is pleased to invite you to a FREE performance of WHERE’S MY SEAT for people who live or work locally on Saturday 11th June and Tuesday 14th June at 7.30pm.   

Please see the attached invitation with full details and feel free to pass it along to friends and colleagues in the neighbourhood.

In this inspiring production, you’ll see three short plays by three brilliant Bush playwrights performed in three different layouts in our new home on the Uxbridge Road. Each play is inspired by nine curious objects from the National Theatre and six challenging stage directions created by Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Grandage and Bush Artistic Director Josie Rourke. As the stage transforms and the seats move around, we’ll ask you to feedback your views from the stalls – and to put to the test other areas of the building from backstage to the bar.

To reserve your tickets, please call the Box Office on 020 8743 5050 or email boxoffice@bushtheatre.co.uk.  The Box Office is open form Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.Please note, tickets are free but are subject to availability so book early.

Our new home is the old Shepherds Bush Library,7 Uxbridge Road.
With best wishes,
All at the Bush

And here is more information about what you could go and see (check out the all star cast!)

The Bush Theatre presents

The Old Shepherds Bush Library
15 June – 2 July

“One new theatre, three experts, three playwrights and you”

As part of the Bush Theatre’s 32 Degrees West Season – the angle from the front door of the company’s current home of 39 years, to the new home at the old Library in Shepherd’s Bush where they will relocate this autumn – the company stage Where’s My Seat. Ahead of the building’s inaugural season later this year, the company throw open the doors of the new venue and invite the public to play a part in the transformation of the space, from library to theatre.

Tamara Harvey directs Francesca AnnisDebbie ChazenRichard CorderyHugo SpeerHugh Skinner and Nina Sosanya across three plays penned using stage directions by Alan AyckbournMichael Grandage and the Bush Theatre’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The playwrights, Deirdre KinahanJack Thorneand Tom Wells have taken the stage directions of the theatre practitioners - which were inspired by nine props chosen by the National Theatre – and written a play especially for the event, each to be staged in a different layout.

Over the course of the evening, the audience will see the three short plays. During the first interval, as the stage is reconfigured, the audience will be invited to examine the front of house area and bar in more detail and feed back their thoughts; and during the second the company will open up the backstage areas, rehearsal room, garden and invite the audience to test these areas, and comment on the use of space within the new building. The feedback gathered will be collated and utilised for the first stage of the conversion into a working theatre this autumn

 props donated by the National Theatre are two stuffed hares, a 30cm strawberry, a mask, a coal scuttle, basketball, dog with moving head, glass cabinet, a necklace made of human fingers and a blue wooden aeroplane.

If you are not a slap-bang-in-the middle of the Bush resident then fear not! Bush Theatre considers anyone who lives within a 2 mile radius of the Bush as a neighbour so you could claim these tickets even if you live in the far off wilderness of W4, W11 or even an SW postcode! 

I will certainly be claiming my free tickets as I can't wait to have a nosey around this new site, which come October will have a bar, cafe and area open all day to the public for people to meet and discuss the arty farty things... or not. 

Thank you Bush Theatre!

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