BUSH THEATRE: CRADLE OF NEWCOMERS AND GREENHOUSE OF STORIES
布什劇場:新人的搖籃,故事的溫室


Speaking of Bush Theatre, its famous neighbors are the first thing that comes to mind. Take British Broadcasting Corporation. Its acronym BBC definitely rings a bell, even if you are a newcomer. If the term shopaholic defines you, the local friends must have recommended Westfield, the massive shopping centre located on west side of London. Bush Theatre is in the same zone as BBC’s London Headquarter and Westfield, within just 10 minutes of walking distance from each of them. However, even if you have been here many times, or even live here, you may have hardly recognized Bush Theatre at the street corner. Hidden behind the trivial green-lettered signboard, such a lavish theatre may be the last thing people may expect to discover.

提起布什劇場,我總愛先提起它著名的鄰居們。即使 初來乍到,你也一定對BBC這個名字耳熟能詳。如果 你熱愛逛街,那當地的朋友肯定會推薦這個位於倫 敦西邊的西田大型購物中心(WESTFIELD)。布什劇 場就和BBC倫敦總部以及西田百貨同處一區,距兩者 各約10分鐘腳程。然而,你即使從此地經過多次,甚 至就住在附近,也許也很少會註意到位於街角的布什 劇場。誰會想到那個不起眼的綠色字母招牌下竟會 藏著這樣一個驚艷的劇場呢?

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ABOUT BUSH THEATRE

布什劇場簡述

The origination of the name is a simple story. The Bush Theatre
is based in Shepherd’s Bush, in west London, and the name is simply taken from its location. The former Bush was situated upstairs in a local public activity centre. It used to be the dance studio for Lionel Blair, English actor. Then, the bar downstair was expropriated, but Bush Theatre was retained. Climbing up the one-meter-wide stairs, you will see the ticketing desk, and located up one more level is the actual performance stage. With its popularity, the theatre only managed to squeeze eighty seats in the venue. In 2011, Bush Theatre was relocated to old Passmore Edwards Public Library, about 200 meters away from the original site. In celebration of the move, Bush Theatre launched the event “Sixty Six Books”, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of King James Bible. Sixty-six writers were involved in the project, many of whom share an indissoluble bond with Bush. Similar to many other theatres in London, Bush shares its concern in the education and training of emerging young artists. The unique “Bushfutures” projects provide a variety of training opportunities for an array of different organizations.

布什劇場的名字來歷很簡單,因為地處倫敦西部 “Shepherd’s Bush” 地 區,所以就地得名。從前的布什坐落在當地一個公共活動中心的樓上,曾 經是英國演員萊昂內爾·布萊爾(Lionel Blair)的舞蹈工作室。後來,樓下 被酒吧征用,而布什劇場卻保留了下來。從樓下一米來寬的小門上樓梯, 來到票務臺,然後再上一層才是演出場地。即使布什劇場深受人們喜愛, 當時的劇場也最多只能安排80個座位。2011年,布什劇場終於搬到了距離 原址大約200米遠的舊帕斯莫爾·愛德華公共圖書館(Passmore Edwards Public Library)。為了慶祝這次搬家,布什開展了主題為英王欽定版聖經 (King James Bible)出版400周年慶典的展演活動“六十六本書(Sixty S i x B o o k s )” ,六 十 六 位 作 家 參 與 了 這 個 項 目 ,其 中 很 多 人 都 是 和 布 什 有 著 不解之緣。與倫敦很多劇場相似,布什也十分關注教育和青年藝術家的培 養。劇場獨創的“布什未來(Bushfutures)”項目為不同機構提供各種機會 的培訓。


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