The Bush Theatre starts the New Year celebrating four pieces of good news – a local business award, a coveted award for environmental sustainability, a partnership with the local W12 shopping centre, and a £10,000 grant from the BBC to support a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow at the theatre.
- Voted ‘Favourite Business’ at Hammersmith & Fulham Brilliant Business Awards
- Awarded highest 3* Creative Industry Green Rating by Julie’s Bicycle
- Launches partnership with W12 shopping centre
- £10,000 grant from BBC Performing Arts Fund
Madani Younis, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, said: ‘I believe this theatre’s relationships with the local people and businesses around us are vital to its success, and so I’m delighted that our recent achievements and accolades demonstrate this. It means a lot that this recognition from the community on our doorstep comes at the moment where three of our shows from 2013 are now on stages in America. That’s the kind of diversity that the Bush strives for.’
The Bush Theatre was named ‘My Favourite Business’ at the 2014 Hammersmith & Fulham Brilliant Business Awards, after a nomination and judging process that saw a year on year increase of 60% in nominations posted by the public, and 55% in the number of companies shortlisted.
The Bush Theatre has achieved Creative Industry Green certification in 2013/14 and has been awarded the highest 3-star rating in recognition of its commitment to managing its carbon and improving its environmental impacts. Creative Industry Green certification is developed by Julie’s Bicycle for music, theatre and the wider creative industries.
By achieving Creative Industry Green certification, the Bush is joining the UK creative industries’ response to climate change and environmental sustainability. The assessment of the Bush’s carbon emissions covered data from 2012/13 to 2013/14 and includes emissions from energy, water, waste, audience travel, business travel and fleet travel.
The Bush has agreed a 12 month partnership with the West12 Shopping Centre on Shepherd’s Bush Green. West12 will donate £6,000 to the theatre to support Bush Local, the Bush’s free membership scheme.
Bush Local members receive discounted tickets to performances, as well as discounts on food and drink at the Café Bar, and other special offers. West 12 Shopping Centre is a vibrant and bustling convenient retail destination located at the top of Shepherds Bush Green. It is home to over 30 stores including W12’s newest social enterprise programme and the Petit Miracle Hub, which is made up of 20 local startup businesses.
Carl Meale, W12 Centre Manager, said: ‘We’re so pleased to be partnering with the prestigious Bush Theatre on the revival of their Bush Local initiative for 2015. The local community here in Shepherds Bush is such a huge part of who we are as a centre so having the opportunity to work alongside the Bush Theatre in delivering local benefits & discounts for local people is fantastic. Our ethos is ‘Love W12, Live W12, Shop W12’ and we feel the new Bush Local/W12 partnership sits brilliantly alongside this.’
The Bush Theatre will receive £10,000 from the BBC Performing Arts Fund (PAF) to host a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow – theatre designer Nina Patel-Grainger – offering professional support, training and development opportunities in addition to the PAF grant.
The PAF is a BBC Charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. The charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes. Over £5 million in grants has been awarded via the Fund in the past 12 years.
Madani Younis recently announced his 2015 season at the Bush, featuring Islands by Caroline Horton, The Royale by Marco Ramirez, The Angry Brigade by James Graham and The Invisible by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. More information at www.bushtheatre.co.uk.
Wednesday 7th January 2015