Red Pitch at The Bush Theatre
Photo by Helen Murray
067 – Red Pitch by Tyrell Williams
Tyrell William’s debut play, Red Pitch, is set on an inner-city football pitch in South London, which is surrounded by scaffolding recently erected to build new blocks of flats. The pitch and the neighbourhood are on the brink of change from urban regeneration, and the three teenage boys who we meet on this pitch are facing displacement from their homes as well as their own life-defining choices. Red Pitch is a coming-of-age story, with young men fighting to believe in their dreams, and to find a way up, and perhaps out, of their changing community. It is a universal story of hope and ambition, friendship and family, set in a community that has traditionally seldom been portrayed or celebrated in our theatres.
I’m very excited to have the opportunity to talk in this episode with the author of Red Pitch, Tyrell Williams, and the director of the award-winning production of the play currently on stage at the Bush Theatre in West London, Daniel Bailey. The play had a wonderful reception when it was first performed at the Bush in February 2022, when it won the Off West End Award for Best New Play, as well as several awards for Tyrell, including the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Most Promising Playwright, as well as the Stage magazine Debut Award for Best Writer. The current revival runs until 30th September 2023.
Tyrell Williams is the award-winning author of Red Pitch, which premiered at the Bush Theatre in February 2022. The play won the Off West End Award for Best New Play, as well as the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Most Promising Playwright, as well as the Stage magazine Debut Award for Best Writer.
Tyrell previously co-created, co-wrote and directed the viral web-series #HoodDocumentary, which has had over 4 million YouTube views, and went on to be commissioned for BBC Three. Tyrell is currently on attachment to the National Theatre Studio, and a screen adaptation of Red Pitch is in the works, as well as other TV projects.
Tyrell recommended Misty by Arinzé Kene.
Daniel Bailey is a director, dramaturg and writer, is currently the Associate Artistic Director at the Bush Theatre, where he directed Tyrell William’s play Red Pitch. Daniel has previously been the Associate Director at Birmingham Rep Theatre, Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, Associate Artist at Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre.
Daniel recommended A Season in the Congo by Aimé Cesairé.
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