Staged by Jerwood, Bush Theatre

Jerwood has awarded a grant of £60,000 to support Staged by Jerwood, a two-year programme that will enable the commissioning of four plays by the Bush’s Emerging Writers Group along with assisting with production costs.

The first production to benefit from the funding will be Kit Withington’s As We Face The Sun which will be presented by the Bush Theatre’s Young Company from 22 August. It will be directed by the Bush Theatre’s Artistic Director Lynette Linton and Young Company Director Katie Greenall. This year’s second play will be announced later in the summer.

Kit Withington is a playwright from Manchester. Kit has written several community theatre plays including Streets for Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Young Company. In 2021 Kit was part of the Emerging Writers’ Group at the Bush Theatre. Kit has been part of both an Intro group and an invitational group at the Royal Court Theatre and in 2021 she wrote for Edition 6 of their Living Newspaper.

Lynette Linton, Artistic Director of Bush Theatre, said

Work with the Community along with talent development are central to everything we do at the Bush Theatre, and it is important that this work is braided together with what we present on the Bush’s main stage. We are delighted that the first play supported by Jerwood Arts will see talent development with our community viewed and resourced in the same way as all our main stage work.

August 22, 2023
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