News Published 9 October 2012

RADAR New Writing Festival at Bush Theatre

Exploring the future of new writing in the UK.

Catherine Love

The Bush Theatre has announced the line-up for RADAR 2012, a three week festival this November exploring the future of new writing in the UK. Running from 7th-22nd November, the miniature season includes performances of work from writers such as Luke Barnes, Kieran Hurley and Ché Walker, as well as presentations of work in progress and debates involving a range of theatremakers.

Among the plays being showcased throughout the festival are Edinburgh hits Chapel Street, a two-hander about modern youth from Luke Barnes, and Kieran Hurley’s monologue Beats. Also arriving at the Bush following a run in Edinburgh is La John Joseph’s Boy in a Dress, a piece incorporating the performance traditions of vaudeville and striptease, and Anne Chmelewsky’s one woman comic opera The Looking Screen. The festival’s programme of new writing is completed by Lovesong, another musical piece written by Ché Walker with music from Omar Lyefook, and an English translation of Ivan Viripaev’s Illusions.

Engaging with ongoing discussions about how new writing is created and shaped in this country, the festival will be hosting a series of Platform sessions that ask questions about who new writing is for, how it is defined and developed, and what the future might look like. There will also be debates about the role of new writing within local communities and its relationship with evolving critical discourse.

In addition to presenting finished work, RADAR 2012 will include a second night of Bush Bounce, an opportunity for young artists to share work in various stages of development and across a variety of different genres. This free night of work in progress performances will be curated and hosted by Bush Associate Artist Sabrina Mahfouz.

For more information and tickets, visit the Bush Theatre website.

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Catherine Love

Catherine is a freelance arts journalist and theatre critic. She writes regularly for titles including The Guardian, The Stage and WhatsOnStage. She is also currently an AHRC funded PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, pursuing research into the relationship between text and performance in 21st century British theatre.

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