Black Lives, Black Words is a major highlight of the 2017 season at the redeveloped theatre, which re-opened last week on 18th March.
It’s great to see creatives being given a platform to discuss such a topical issue and to see the direction these dialogues will go.
Black Lives, Black Words consists of 6 short plays which includes new work by playwrights, Rachel Delahay and Winsome Pinnock.
The bad news – Unfortunately, there is only 3 days to see the plays.
The Good News – All 6 plays will performed each night alsongside Spoken Word.
Womb (Somalia Seaton) – British Play
A week has passed since anti Trump riots spread across England and Nkrumah’s face is still swollen. He’s not eating and doesn’t want to talk. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. No point pressing charges.
#Matter (Idris Goodwin) – American Play
Kim and Cole are two progressive, educated young adults. They grew up together. But Kim is black and Cole is white. As the black lives matter protests explode around them they conflict over matter and what matters.
“What happens to matter split? Does it explode and decimate millions of bodies of colour? And whose hands split that matter? What we are talking about are black lives split, shaken until they become bombs.”
This Bitter Earth (Harrison David Rivers) – American Play
After his white partner, a vocal #blacklivesmatter activist, is brutally attacked, Jesse, a black man, is forced to confront his own political apathy. In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, George Zimmerman’s acquittal, and tragedies in Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, The Twin Cities and Cleveland, what’s the cost of standing on the side lines?
The Principles of Cartography (Winsome Pinnock) – British Play
At his desk, with his maps, Cliff owns the streets. Names and places, leylines and shortcuts and secret histories.
But outside, where the police prowl – hunting for signs of dissent, for young black faces – it’s a very different story.
My White Best Friend (Rachel De-Lahay) – British Play
“How could you ever put your white best friend on stage and remind them that they’re part of the problem? If you love them? If you never want anyone to feel for even a moment how you feel living in this world everyday.”
The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Mojisola Adebayo) – British Play
On 10 July 2015, Sandra Bland, a 28 year old black woman from Naperville, Illinois, was pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Her initial objections escalated into her detainment by a white, male police officer. Three days later she was found hanged in her cell.
Poet Anthony Anaxagorou will perform his poems If I Told You and Master’s Revenge.
Venue: Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 8LJ
The Bush Theatre opened last week, have a peep at the launch…
Welcome back Bush Theatre – Lovely to have you back, a real creative hub in West London.
I will post the 2017 season very soon, but you can check it out here for yourself here
There is lots more to come from Bush Theatre.