Babylon Festival, Bush Theatre
A tower of languages. A city of immense cultural creativity. A people’s journey.
BABYLON, a season of work which encompasses both a celebration of Black and Brown cultural innovators and a ground-breaking production, fusing live-streamed performances from theatres around the world, opens at the Bush Theatre on 4 February.
Presented by Bush Theatre’s Tobi Kyeremateng and Ruthie Osterman with Up Next.
Week one is BABYLON Festival (4 – 9 February) - a week-long takeover celebrating the contemporary experiences of Black and Brown people and their influence on London culture. BABYLON Festival invites cultural innovators to transform the Bush Theatre with a series of takeovers under three strands:
LOUD - music gigs hosted in the Theatre by electronic musician Nabihah Iqbal, alternative soul-led collective Touching Bass’ ShyOne and Wu-Lu and House of Pharaoh’s rapper Sam Wise, each supported by emerging British talent such as Sans Soucis, Manor the Latekid and Danny Tra$h.
SPEAKS - live podcast shows from The Receipts Podcast and The N-Erd Council, panel discussions from gal-dem and Female Muslim Creatives and an in-house live radio broadcast show from Reprezent Radio, who will be running their drive time shows live from the Bush Theatre’s Gianni and Michael Alen-Buckley Script Library.
RESIDENTS - Theatre takeovers from collectives including Skin Deep’s Sonic Transmissions – a part interview, part music gig with award-winning drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd – and Cocoa Butter Club - a cabaret collective celebrating performers of colour, with a full-on cabaret soiree, nipple-tassel making workshop and after party.
BABYLON Festival will also be running workshops with Jay Jay Revlon, Black In The Day and Our Naked Truths, and Meet The Artists lunches for local Shepherds Bush-based communities.
Tobi Kyeremateng is a theatre, festival and live performance producer recently named by The Stage as one of the most influential figures in the UK theatre and performing arts industries. She is currently Producer at Apples and Snakes. In 2013 she assisted in producing Ovalhouse Theatre’s site-specific piece The Street and joined BAC as Junior Producer until 2016. She was part of the Old Vic 12 2016 cohort, where she produced Joe White’s play Pagans. Tobi is the co-founder of the Black Ticket Project, an initiative that aims to make theatre accessible to black young people.
Ruthie Osterman is a theatre director, playwright, performer and drama teacher who graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and the school of Dramatic Arts in Tel-Aviv. Work includes multiple international collaborations and performances in London, Israel, Poland and India. She is a member of the Lincoln Centre Director’s Lab in NYC and was recognised as a promising artist and endorsed for an Exceptionally Talented Artist Visa for the UK by the Arts Council of England in 2015.
NEED TO KNOW: Babylon is at Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road London W12 8LJ from 4 to 14 Feb 2019 | book tickets #BABYLONBeyondBorders