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Cast Complete for Bush Theatre's THIS PLACE WE KNOW

Full casting for the Bush Theatre's programme of six new, commissioned plays This Place We Know has been announced today. Residents of the local community are also now invited to submit photography celebrating W12, to be in with a chance of having their work displayed as part of WeAreW12, a free photography exhibition curated by photographer Eileen Perrier.

In the week of 26 September, Danny Ashok and Anjli Mohindra will star in Gbolahan Obisesan's play Zaida and Aadam at the Nubian Life Resource Centre whilst Nancy Harris' One Cold Dark Night will be performed by Kate Maravan at the Defector's Weld pub.

During the second week of the programme, The Rest of Your Life by Barney Norris and Terrorism by Kenny Emson will both open. The Rest of Your Life takes up residency at local karaoke haunt Bar FM with Waj Ali playing Nick and Rakie Ayola in the role of Hannah. Simultaneously Terrorism will play at Room 56, Dorsett - the old Shepherd's Bush Palladium and a former cinema - with Trevor White and Eleanor Matsuura.

The final week will see Agni Scott and Jeany Spark bring Battleface by Sabrina Mahfouz to St Stephen's CE Primary School and Paola Dionisotti will perform April De Angelis's Nobody's Listening at the neighbouring St Stephen's Church.

Press night will be held on 6 October 2016.

WeAreW12 is a free photography exhibition and a celebration of Shepherd's Bush, created by photographer Eileen Perrier and the local community. Residents are invited to submit their own photos of the faces and places of W12, 20 winning submissions will then be displayed as part of a living gallery on the walls of the Bush Theatre. Photography can be submitted via the Bush Theatre's website here.

The Uxbridge Road is one of the longest and most diverse roads in Europe and has been the Bush's home for the last 4 years. In an extraordinary love-letter to its home, This Place We Know brings together a series of specially-commissioned short plays to be performed in borrowed spaces along this West London artery.

Discover stories of heartbreak, joy, loss and retribution in pubs, churches and karaoke bars. At times funny, mysterious and foreboding, each is an intimate tale woven into the fabric of the city by the hottest new writers.

This Place We Know has a meeting and information point located at Shepherd's Bush Boutique Hotel, 11/12 Poplar Mews, London W12 7JS. A venue map is downloadable here.

The Bush Theatre is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights. We discover, nurture and produce the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, and present their work to the highest possible standards. We look for exciting new voices that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion and we champion work that is both provocative and entertaining.

The Bush Theatre has produced hundreds of ground-breaking premieres since its inception in 1972, many of them Bush Theatre commissions, and hosted guest productions by leading companies and artists from across the world. The Bush Theatre is widely acclaimed as the seedbed for the best new playwrights, many of whom have gone on to become established names. The Bush Theatre has won over 100 awards, and developed an enviable reputation for touring its acclaimed productions nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit: bushtheatre.co.uk

Madani Younis took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. In 2015 he directed the critically acclaimed UK premiere of The Royale, which returns this autumn to The Tabernacle, in Notting Hill. In 2013 he won the Groucho Club Maverick Award for the theatre, following the most successful season in the theatre's history which played to 99% capacity. For the Bush Theatre, Madani has directed The Royale, Perseverance Drive and Chalet Lines.

Prior to his appointment at the Bush Theatre, he was Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford, Yorkshire where his work included the site-specific work, The Mill - City of Dreams. He has also worked nationally and internationally as a theatre director, writer and practitioner. Whilst at Freedom Studios he collaborated with the Bush Theatre through workshops culminating in Freedom's two week residency in 2010 at the theatre. He was previously Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company's Asian Theatre School.

He originally trained in film, and his debut short film Ellabellapumpanella, commissioned by the UK Film Council, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. He was the recipient of the Decibel Award at the South Bank Awards show in 2006.

ABOUT THE ACTORS:

Aadam and Zaida
Danny Ashok returns to work with the Bush Theatre after previously appear in Disgraced which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Further theatre credits include The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court Theatre), The Royal Duchess Superstore (The Barking Broadway), Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Theatre Royal Bath), Blood & Gifts (The National Theatre). On screen Danny has appeared in Holby City, The Dumping Ground, Coronation Street, Love Actually and Four Lions.

Anjli Monhindra's stage credits include David Hare's Behind The Beautiful Forevers and DARA, both in rep at The National Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse's Teddy Ferrara. Screen work includes Dark Heart, Paranoid, Cuffs, My Jihad, Cucumber, The Missing, Law and Order, Beaver Falls and Sarah Jane Adventures.

One Cold Dark Night
Kate Marvan's recent credits include Opening Skinner's Box (touring) Four Minutes, Twelve Seconds (Trafalgar Studios and Hampstead Theatre), Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse), Angel Filth, Passion and A Doll's House (Tristan Bates Theatre), Hay Fever (Belgrade Coventry). TV appearances include New Tricks, Miranda, The Politician's husband, Lip Service, Lewis, Whitechapel and Trial and Retribution.

Terrorism
Eleanor Matsuura has appeared on stage in Here We Go (National Theatre), Bull (Sheffield Theatre/New York), The Changeling (Young Vic), Danton's Death (National Theatre), Enron (Chichester/Royal Court Theatre/West End), Stovepipe (High Tide/The Bush/National Theatre) and Coriolanus (RSC). Her screen credits include Justice League, Wonder Woman, 101 Year Old Man, Burn Burn Burn and The Lady in the Van.

Trevor White's extensive credits include; for theatre, Long Day's Journey Into Night (West End), Henry IV, Parts I & II; Coriolanus (RSC), The Machine (Donmar & NY), Red Bud, Enron, Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court); on screen, The Dark Knight Rises, Jason Bourne, World War Z, Die Another Day, Downton Abbey, Episodes and Hunted.

The Rest of Your Life
Rakie Ayola's theatre credits include King Lear (The Royal Exchange Theatre), Crave (Sheffield Crucible), 4.48 Psychosis, (Sheffield Crucible), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre at The Apollo) and The Winter's Tale (RSC/National tour). Her screen credits include Dredd, Now is Good, Sahara and The I Inside.

Waj Ali studied Drama at London School of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2012. Theatre credits include: Nahda - 4 visions of an Arab awakening (Bush Theatre), Cloths Swap Theatre Party (Derby Theatre), Suffering in Sirens (Greenwich Theatre), A is for Ali (Old Red Lion theatre).TV credits include: Tyrant, Da Vincis Demons.

Battleface
Agni Scott's theatre credits include The Odyssey (Bristol Old Vic/Liverpool Everyman), The Importance of Being Earnest (New Repertory Theatre, Boston), Pericles (NJ Shakespeare Festival), Electra (Hartford Stage Company), Hypsipile (Greek Institute in Boston), La Fenix (Raw Space, NYC) and Orestia (National Theatre of Cyprus). Films include Bridget Jones' Baby, Young Messiah, Opa!, The Hamburg Cell, and Akamas. TV includes The Red Tent, Strikeback, The Shadow Line, Identity, New Tricks, House of Saddam, Spooks, The English Harem and The Grid.

Jeany Spark trained at RADAR. Her theatre credits include Waste (Almeida), A Voyage Round My Father (Salisbury Playhouse), Moscow Live (High Tide Festival) and Cafe Red (Trafalgar Studios). For TV she has appeared in Wallander, Jericho, Sherlock, The Line of Duty and Black Mirror.

Nobody's Listening
Paola Dionisotti has had an extensive stage and screen career with theatre credits including Two Sisters (New Vic), Apologia (Bush Theatre), On Religion (Europalia), Jenufa (Arcola Theatre), Mrs Warren's Profession (Royal Lyceum Theatre & Nottingham Playhouse), Ghosts (Royal Lyceum Theatre), Further Than the Furthest Thing (Tron Theatre/National Theatre), Driver Painter (New End Theatre) and Pyrenees (Tron Theatre/Paines Plough/Chocolate Factory). On screen she has appeared in Game of Thrones, Midsomer Murders, Ashes to Ashes, Loves Brother, Come and Go and Intimacy

About EILEEN PERRIER - A graduate of The Royal College of Art, Eileen Perrier's work has been widely exhibited since 1999, including The Photographers' Gallery, (London, UK); Tate Britain (London, UK); The Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), the touring exhibition Africa Remix, which included the Hayward Gallery (London) and The Centre Pompidou (Paris, France). Perrier has also been artist in residence at Light Work (in partnership with Autograph ABP) (New York, USA); in Playing The City, Kunsthalle Schirn (Frankfurt, Germany) and has worked with Tate Britain (as an invited artist) on their education programme - BP Family Festival: Close Encounters of the Art Kind and currently has work installed from a portrait commission with Kings College London called "Portraits of a Global Law School" currently displayed on level -1 in Somerset House East Wing.



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