Madani Younis announces his final season as Artistic Director of The Bush Theatre which includes seven plays and a festival that looks at the experiences of ‘black and brown people’.

Younis said “With its global outlook, I feel this season shows the best of who we are and stands for the values that we have attempted to build over the past seven years.”

Passing the Baton a three year programming initiative dedicated to “revivals of work by writers of colour” enters its second year with a production of Caryl Phillip’s Strange Fruit and the international collaboration BABYLON: Beyond Borders, which will be live-streamed across four theatres in four cities.

Launching the season in February with the BABYLON FESTIVAL (4 – 16 Feb 2019), Tobi Kyeremateng and Ruthie Osterman present a two-week programme of global influences and experiences of “Black and Brown people”.

Outbox Theatre will deliver, And The Rest Of Me Floats (20 Feb– 16 Mar 2019), in an anarchic celebration of gender expression and identity. Performers from across the queer, trans, and non-binary communities weave together autobiographical performance, movement, pop songs, stand-up and dress-up.

Loose Tongue and HighTide present The Trick (19 Feb– 23 Mar), a magic show about getting older and coming to terms with loss. Ghosts, goldfish, mediums, and sleight-of-hand collide in this unpredictable exploration of ageing and grief.

A Bush Theatre co-production Going Through by Estelle Savasta (28 Mar– 27 Apr) follows one girls journey in this critically acclaimed French play.

Iseult Golden and David Horan present Class (7 May – 1 June), an entertaining and emotionally explosive confrontation over learning difficulties, love and entitlement.

China Plate brings Yvette to the stage (14 May – 1 June), a play based on a true story about a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret.

Strange Fruit (12 June – 20 July) is a powerful and compelling play by Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Caryl Phillips. The story of a family caught between two cultures, and the un-crossable no man’s land that can come between parents and their children.

The final production of the season will be HighTide’s Rust (26 Jun – 27 July), a sexy comedy that promises to push the boundaries of trust, love and lust to the limits.

In 2018 the Bush celebrated a West End transfer for Arinzé Kene’s Misty, which was nominated for an Evening Standard award for ‘Best Musical Performance’, and received an Olivier award nomination for Monica Dolan’s The B*easts.

Madani Younis leaves The Bush Theatre to become Creative Director at the Southbank Centre in January 2019.