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Arts of the UK 2021: Bush Theatre announces 2036 – the broadcast of new work from Project 2036


LONDON – The Bush Theatre has announced the world premiere of three short works from the next generation of theatre designers. 2036, presented by the Project 2036 cohort, can be seen online on-demand from 22nd to 29th April. 

The Bush Theatre’s Project 2036 programme offers three Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, and Refugee emerging theatre designers a £7,500 bursary each year. This year’s cohort is set designerQianEr Jin, sound designer Darius McFarlane, and lighting designer Devon Muller.

The programme has been running for four years and has supported twelve artists in that time. In 2019 the focus shifted to address a lack of representation in design talent. 

Daniel Bailey, Associate Director of the Bush Theatre said: ‘Our Project 2036 cohort was supposed to present their work in the summer of 2020. Covid-19 meant we had to cancel that, but it has allowed us to create three different showcases, which each designer has led with their ideas and concept. In their own creative voice they each ask the question: Can design truly lead the theatrical process?

In this challenging period, we wanted to support our freelance family, twenty of whom will be collaborating on and contributing to the three showcases and providing guidance and expertise to our 2036 cohort. This project was always about how we make this industry more accessible for marginalised communities and with this opportunity we can do that. Shout-out to Devon, QianEr Jin, and Darius on their journeys!’

In Pawn, Jordan is bullied at school for looking Indian. Profiled with his friends by the police for being Black. His mixed heritage turns everyday encounters into a game of politics and power. Spoken word and innovative lighting design by Devon Muller collide in this exploration of race and identity, written with Omar Bynon.

Devon Muller is a lighting designer from north London who has studied Drama and Performance at London Southbank University. Upon leaving university, Devon gained experience in the industry volunteering at The Bunker, where he learned about the technical side of theatre. He then moved on to Project 2036 at Bush Theatre, where he further learned about the industry as well as what it takes to be a lighting designer. Pawn will be his professional debut as a lighting designer.

One Day is an immersive film, written by Kathryn Golding, that explores Ashley’s story through the eyes of a mayfly, which lives its whole life in the course of a single day. QianEr Jin is a London and Shanghai-based performance designer.  QianEr is interested in immersive storytelling and interactive performance and finds texted based work is a great way to inspire the quirkiness within her. QianEr graduated from the Royal Central School and Speech and Drama, studying Theatre Practice: Design for Stage. 

Darius McFarlane’s LimBo considers how the events of 2020 have fundamentally changed us, as he shares his personal journey in this pulsing gig theatre performance that mixes postmodern music, poetry, and video projections, as  directed by Caleb Femi.

Latekid (Darius McFarlane) is a self-taught, anti-disciplinary sound artist, musician, writer, and vocalist who aims to find the colours within the shaded spaces of Art and postmodern expressionism. Having worked with and performed at institutions including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Jazz Cafe, and Complicité, Latekid aims to bring an alternative angle to music performance, gig theatre, or public sonic experimentation.

2036 will be available to watch on-demand internationally from from 22nd to 29th April 2021. More information about Project 2036 available here

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