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Bush Launches Naked Talent with Three Premieres

By • West End
London's Bush Theatre this week launches its first-ever "Naked Talent" season, a two-month celebration of new writing running from 23 October to 21 December 2002 and comprising three first full-length plays by new writers.

The season opens this Wednesday, 23 October 2002, with Georgia Fitch's adrenaline...heart, about the transition of a single white mother to a darker world of drugs and sex. The two-hander, which is directed by Bush artistic director Mike Bradwell, continues to 9 November.

It's followed from 12 November by Falling by the Bush's current writer-in-residence Shelley Silas. The domestic comedy about teenage angst, mid-life crisis, babies and sibling rivalry runs until 30 November 2002. The "Naked Talent" season concludes with Simon Burt's Untouchable, an exploration of adolescent sexuality, from 3 to 21 December.

The Bush this year marks its 30th anniversary as one of London's premier theatres for new writing. It opened in April 1972 in the upstairs dining room (previously used as Lionel Blair's dance studio) of the Bush Hotel in Shepherd's Bush, west London. Since then, it has mounted more than 350 productions, many of which have transferred to the West End and Broadway, been adapted for film and television, and toured throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

Amongst The Bush's many discoveries are playwrights such as Stephen Poliakoff, Snoo Wilson, Ron Hutchinson, Terry Johnson, Kevin Elyot, Doug Lucie, Billy Roche, Tony Kushner, Jonathan Harvey, Conor McPherson, Joe Penhall and Charlotte Jones, who this week won both the Critics' Circle and the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Play for Humble Boy, which has just transferred from the NT Cottesloe to the West End's Gielgud Theatre. The theatre receives over 1,500 scripts every year and makes a point of reading every one.

Many major acting and directing talents have also been drawn to the west London theatre over the years, including Bob Hoskins, Alan Rickman, Antony Sher, Stephen Rea, Frances Barber, Lindsay Duncan, Brian Cox, Patricia Hodge, Simon Callow, Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent, Tim Roth, Jane Horrocks, Mike Leigh, Mike Figgis, Mike Newell and Richard Wilson.

- by Peggy Nuttall


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