Chiaroscuro by Jackie Kay, Director Lynette Linton’s first production as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre will preview from 31 August with a press night at 7pm on 6 September.

The cast is Shiloh Coke (Misty at the Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios, Emila at The Globe Theatre), Preeya Kalidas (Eastenders, BBC Asian Radio, Bend It Like Beckham), singer-songwriter Anoushka Lucas (Jesus Christ Superstar at Regents Park Open Air Theatre and whose debut album Dark Soul was recently released) and Gloria Onitiri (whose recent productions include Napoli, Brooklyn, on national tour and Hadestown at the National Theatre).

Chiaroscuro will be the final production in the Passing the Baton series, following the acclaimed revivals of Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking (2018) and Caryl Phillips’ Strange Fruit (2019) at the Bush Theatre.

Chiaroscuro (noun) the treatment of light and shade in drawing or painting
Aisha, Yomi, Beth and Opal couldn’t be more different, but when Aisha hosts a dinner party, the friends soon discover that they’re all looking for an answer to the same question. Does it lie in Aisha’s childhood? Or in Beth and Opal's new romance? Who will tell them who they really are?
What starts out as a friendly conversation between women, soon turns heated when Yomi reveals what she really thinks about Beth and Opal’s relationship.

Live music and spoken word collide in an explosive gig-theatre event that breathes new life into Scottish National Poet Jackie Kay’s 1986 masterpiece.

Directed by Lynette Linton (Sweat, Richard II), this bold reimagining explores the experiences of women of colour across generations and celebrates the many intersections of female identity from the 1980s to now and how women chose to identify themselves.

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. The Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. Fiere was shortlisted for the Costa award and her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. Red Dust Road (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the London Book Award, and was shortlisted for the JR Ackerley prize. Her third collection of short stories, Reality, Reality, was praised by The Guardian as ‘rank[ing] among the best of the genre’. She was awarded an MBE in 2006 and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories Wish I Was Here won the Decibel British Book Award.

Jackie Kay also writes for children and her book Red Cherry Red (Bloomsbury) won the Clype award. She has written extensively for stage and television. Her plays, Manchester Lines (produced by Manchester Library Theatre) and The New Maw Broon Monologues (produced by Glasgay), were a great success. Her most recent collection, Bantam, was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.
Jackie Kay was named Scots Makar—the National Poet for Scotland—in March 2016.

Lynette Linton took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2019. She was previously Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse and Associate Director at the Gate Theatre from 2016 to 2017 where she set up the Young Associate company. She recently directed the Olivier nominated UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer prize winning play Sweat (Donmar Warehouse) which transferred to the West End and Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe). The production marks the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage. She is co-founder of theatre and film production company Black Apron Entertainment who prodcued Passages: A Windrush Celebration with the Royal Court, a project she also curated.
As a writer her credits include Hashtag Lightie (Arcola Theatre), Chicken Palace and Step (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Her other directing credits include world premiere productions of Assata Taught Me, (Gate Theatre) Function (National Youth Theatre), This Is (Arts Ed), Indenture (Dark Horse Festival), Naked (Vault Festival 2015), and a revival of This Wide Night (Albany Theatre). She was also co-director on Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Shiloh Coke is currently appearing in Small Island at the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris. She previously appeared in Arinze Kene’s critically acclaimed show Misty at the Bush, which transferred to the Trafalgar Studio. Other stage credits include Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse/ St Anne’s Warehouse New York), Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse) and Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse). On screen Shiloh will soon appear in Aisling Bea’s new comedy This Way Up for Channel 4.

Preeya Kalidas’ television credits include Britz, and Jump Boy (Channel 4) England Expects, Casualty, Doctors, Eastenders, Mistresses, Goggle Eyes, Banglatown Banquet, Bollywood Carmen and Bodies (BBC) and on film she has appeared in Bend It Like Beckham, Four Lions and Bollywood Queen.
On stage Preeya originated the leading role of Priya in AR Rahmans Bombay Dreams. Other appearances include Oxford Street and Khandon at The Royal Court and Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre. Preeya originated the role of Pinky for the stage version of Bend it Like Beckham for which she was nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at The Olivier Awards.
Most recently Preeya played one of the female leads - Patty Di Marco – in the Original London Cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and Aisha in BBC3’s Comedy Pilot Hounslow Diaries.
Preeya also hosts her own radio show on BBC Asian Network every Sunday 1-3pm.

Anoushka Lucas is a singer, songwriter, composer and actress. Her music has been championed on Radio 2, where she has appeared on The Jamie Cullum show and BBC Introducing, and she was the inaugural winner of Jazz FM's Love Supreme Competition in 2013. She has sold out shows at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the 606, and Bush Hall to name a few, and in the past year supported Tom Oddell, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Ashley Henry. Her debut album Dark Soul was released on 12 July. As a theatre composer, Anoushka co-composed an original score for Klook's Last Stand (Park Theatre, 2014/NAMT Festival 2017) with Omar Lyefook, and The Etienne Sisters (Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2015) with Sheila Atim and Nikki Yeoh - both with books by Che Walker. Anoushka also composed and performed in Sparks (2018, Edinburgh Festival, voted Best Musical of the Fringe) by Jessica Butcher. As an actor, Anoushka played Mary Magdalene in the Olivier Award winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, 2016) and appeared in Sparks (Vault Festival/Edinburgh Festival/High Tide Festival 2018).

Gloria Onitiri’s theatre productions include Napoli, Brooklyn (National Tour/Park Theatre), Hadestown (National Theatre), Brighton Rock (National Tour/Pilot Theatre), 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep), Caroline, or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Globe Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), The Stripper (St James Theatre), Clybourne Park (National Tour), Wrong Songs for Christmas (National Theatre), Home Theatre UK (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Green Living (Old Vic/New Voices), Jack & the Beanstalk (Park Theatre), Egusi Soup (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), The Bodyguard (The Adelphi Theatre), The Tempest (Bath Theatre Royal), Charlotte’s Web (Polka Theatre), Takeaway (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Amphibians (Offstage Theatre), Hurried Steps (New Shoes Theatre), The Lion King (The Lyceum) and Been So Long (Young Vic). Her television appearances include Grace Under Pressure (Sky Arts), Doctors (BBC), Splatalot (BBC/ABC/YTV), The Window (IWC Media/Channel 4), Porgy and Bess (BBC Opera), Bad Girls (Shed Productions) and Grass (BBC). On film she has appeared in Resurrecting the Street Walker (Scala Films).

31 August - 5 October at 7.30pm (6 September at 7 pm)
Sat matinee 14. 21. 28 September at 5 October at 2.30pm
Wed matinee 11, 18, 25 September and 2 October at 2.30pm
Captioned performance - 12 September at 7.30pm
Audio Described performance - 28 September at 2.30pm

Tickets priced from £10 (concessions available) can be booked at or at the Box Office on 020 8743 5050