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Cast announced for This Might Not Be It at the Bush Theatre

Casting has been announced for new play This Might Not Be It at the Bush Theatre.

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The new piece that unflinchingly confronts the hard truths of our crumbling NHS mental health services, runs at the London venue from 30 January 2024 – 2 March 2024.

This candid portrayal of human lives at the mercy of the system is written by former Bush Emerging Writers’ Group member Sophia Chetin-Leuner, directed by Ed Madden (Octopolis, Hampstead) and produced by Broccoli Arts (Salty Irina, Summerhall) in association with Jessie Anand Productions (Orlando, 59E59). The cast are Denzel Baidoo, Debra Baker and Dolly Webb.

Jay’s new. He’s just started as a temp at an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service office. He arrives with little more than a fledgling desk plant and well-meaning plans to change the broken system.

Angela’s seen it all. She’s been working in this building for over 30 years, and nothing seems to faze her – except perhaps this eager new hire who seems determined to challenge her at every turn. Exhausted by archaic protocol, Jay starts to bend the rules to breaking point in a desperate attempt to help their patients. Trust is shattered, professional boundaries are crossed, and Jay discovers the reality of what is truly at stake.

Bush Theatre Artistic Director Lynette Linton said: “We first encountered This Might Not Be It following Sophia’s time on our Emerging Writer’s Group five years ago. Its reflection on the state of our mental health provision was urgent then, and it feels as urgent now – especially considering the impact of the pandemic on our NHS mental health services. It is such an important, funny and groundbreaking piece, and we are so happy to be working with Broccoli Arts and Jessie Anand Productions to be able to have it in our space and continue to support Sophia. It’s always so special when we have long-term relationships with artists, and I’m glad that this is a space she is excited to return to.”

For more information and tickets, visit bushtheatre.co.uk

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.