THE BUSH Theatre has announced the world premiere of three short works from the next generation of theatre designers.
The 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 designer QianEr 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.”
2036, presented by the Project 2036 cohort, can be seen online on-demand between April 22-29.