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When one of their number dies, a group of classmates decide to throw an annual party in her honour. They have done it every year, but with the group now in their twenties, maybe it’s time to let go. A new play from Kit Withington, performed by the Bush’s 18–25 young company and directed by Kate Greenall and Lynette Linton. The latter is, of course, the Bush’s artistic director, and it is good to see her directing a young company show and making sure that it is seen on par with all the rest of the work in the programme. She is also a significant contributor to the Bush’s reputation as a new writing house supporting young creatives and performers.
They all agreed: every year they will throw the same party in the same place. What else can they do? Determined to remember their friend, a group of classmates commit to throwing an annual party in her honour. It’s what she would have wanted. And year after year, they stuck to the tradition. Now in their twenties, another party is about to start. The cake has arrived safely, the buffet is all set, and the aux cable is finally working – but something doesn’t feel right. As We Face The Sun is a stark and tender story about growing up, the pleasures of friendship, why we hold onto things and how we might start to let go. The world premiere of a new play written by Kit Withington (Living Newspaper, Royal Court).