Bush Theatre hit ‘Overflow’ to be broadcast online

Following ecstatic reviews in its opening week, the Bush Theatre’s run of Travis Alabanza’s monologue Overflow, performed by transgender actress Reece Lyons and directed by Debbie Hannan, was curtailed when London entered tier three.  Determined not to disappoint audiences unable to travel, the Bush Theatre has recorded the show on-stage for broadcast online from 18 January 2021. Access to Overflow – Online will be ticketed. 

Overflow – Online is streaming to the UK ONLY. It can be viewed on a web browser, via Google Chromecast, on Apple TV, Android TV, or Amazon Fire TV.

Each online performance is a pre-filmed live show that will be streamed to online audiences. The performance will begin promptly at 2 pm or 8 pm and will only be available to watch for the duration of the stream.

a fiercely relevant piece of new writing that feels as fresh as taking off your face covering’ – Evening Standard 

What Alabanza does so well is give a glimpse of what could be – Guardian

‘fierce, funny and fascinating’ – Time Out

 ‘Club toilets have taught me more about sisterhood than any book

Cornered into a flooding toilet cubicle and determined not to be rescued again, Rosie distracts herself with memories of bathroom encounters, drunken heart-to-hearts by dirty sinks, friendships forged in front of crowded mirrors, and hiding from trouble.

But with her panic rising and no help on its way, can she keep her head above water?

Writer Travis Alabanza said, ‘I feel so excited to have my next show ‘Overflow‘ at a theatre like the Bush, with a director as incredible as Debbie and a lead as talented as Reece Lyons. The last five years have seen such a horrifying increase in how this country treats trans people, so it feels deeply important to create work and art that allows us to take up space on main stages, and tell our own stories. With so much of the media, political landscape, and online sphere dominated by people speaking for us, art and performance is a place for us to take back the mic and speak on our terms – with all the different shades and textures that comes with. I am so excited for ‘Overflow’ to be part of the ever-growing and vibrant trans theatrical canon’

Overflow is made possible thanks to the support of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which will enable the venue to produce live theatre over the next six months. Overflow-Online is filmed by The Umbrella Rooms.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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