The Bush’s autumn season gets under way this week with the world premiere of How Love Is Spelt by young Liverpudlian writer Chloe Moss. It will be followed in November by the world premiere of Gong Donkeys, the latest play by Richard Cameron, whose play The Glee Club, first seen at the Bush in 2002 ahead of a West End transfer, is currently embarked on a UK-wide tour.

In How Love Is Spelt, Peta has left her familiar roots in Liverpool and thrown herself into a new city, new people and new life with a vengeance. Although life in a student bedsit is perhaps not as glamorous as she imagined, in London clubland she can continually reinvent herself, trying a new identity each night.

In Julie Anne Robinson’s premiere production, Kay Lyon plays Peta, joined by Joanne Pearce (A Woman of No Importance) and Colin Tierney (Othello, Ivanov). How Love Is Spelt opens on 1 October 2004 (previews from 29 September) and continues until 23 October.

Taking its title from a line in Charles Dickens’ The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices, Gong Donkeys is a story about storytelling, from soap scenarios to Dickens in Doncaster. It’s directed by Bush artistic director Mike Bradwell and designed by Lisa Lillywhite. It runs from 5 November to 11 December 2004 (previews from 3 November).

In the new year, the Bush will co-produce the world premiere of The Girl with Red Hair, the latest from Scottish playwright Sharman Macdonald’s latest whose first play, When I was a Girl I used to Scream and Shout, premiered at the Bush in 1984. One summer in a small town on the west coast of Scotland, three generations are profoundly affected by the death of 17-year-old Roslyn.

The Girl with Red Hair will also be directed by Mike Bradwell. It opens first at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, where it runs from 17 February to 12 March 2005. Dates for its subsequent London season have yet to be confirmed.

- by Terri Paddock