Local Residents Star in Bush Theatre's THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PROJECT at BBC Television Centre
Last week, the Bush Theatre joined forces with theatre company Look Left Look Right to present devised original work THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PROJECT. Local Hammersmith & Fulham residents, who collaborated with writers Molly Taylor and Samuel Wood on the piece, performed four sold-out shows at the former BBC Television Centre building in Shepherd's Bush, attracting an audience with over a third local residents and over 15% students/under-26s.
The Neighbourhood Project addressed themes of community resistance, diversity and migration. In a blog for the Bush website, participant Naomi Westerman called it a celebration of diversity. "Through this I've met people and heard stories I could not have dreamt of... During the months, people came in and out, but I was surprised by the level of commitment and passion. Some chose to perform, some contributed their stories but preferred not to be onstage, but every single person in the room was invaluable... the unwavering support from everyone involved has given me a structure for one of the most emotional and challenging periods of my life. I don't know what I would have done without it."
Bush Theatre artistic director Madani Younis has vowed to create theatre that truly reflects its community. Current work on the Bush includes improved backstage facilities and front of house, making the building fully accessible and more sustainable. During the works, the theatre's programme moves out into the local community.
Watch a video celebrating The Neighbourhood Project below
Photo credit: Helen Murray