Chris Bush (playwright)
|Born||3 July 1986 (age 31)
|Occupation||Playwright, artistic director|
She is best known for her 2007 work TONY! The Blair Musical, which enjoyed sell-out runs and critical acclaim at the York Theatre Royal and Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to the Pleasance Islington as winner of the inaugural Sunday Times NSDF Award for a successful off West-End run. Its sequel, Tony of Arabia, debuted at the Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh in 2008, running in rep with the original show.
In 2012 Bush made her full-length debut as a writer/performer with The Loves I Haven't Known, a musical comedy performed with regular composing partner Ian McCluskey.
Bush has been an Artist in Residence for the Oxford Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres, and a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers' Collective. She has won both the Perfect Pitch Award and Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award for Musical Theatre. 
Selected stage works
- A Dream (2016) Crucible Theatre
- Larksong (2015) New Vic Theatre
- A Declaration From the People (2015) Royal National Theatre
- The Sheffield Mysteries (2014) Crucible Theatre
- Poking the Bear (2014) Theatre 503
- Be|Spoke (2014) Sheffield Hallam University/Welcome to Yorkshire, Tour de Yorkshire
- 20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield (2013) Crucible Theatre Studio
- The Loves I Haven't Known (2012) C Venues, Edinburgh
- WOLF (2009) The Theatre, Chipping Norton and Latitude Festival
- Tony of Arabia (2008) Theatre Royal, Wakefield, Oxford North Wall, Pleasance
- TONY! The Blair Musical (2007) York Theatre Royal, Pleasance
Despite lampooning him on stage, Bush described Tony Blair as "a decent man who made some bad decisions", and stated that she had "come to ridicule beautiful Blair not vilify him". Some have argued that Bush is not critical enough of New Labour. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish claimed that "the country is angrier than [Tony, The Blair Musical] allows". Contrarily, Paul Lowman of The Press (York) has praised Bush's even-handedness, stating that her greatest strength is her ability to "camouflage complex issues in a vastly entertaining, glossy, media friendly package."
Bush has stated that she is proud of her British heritage, and is a supporter of immigration to the country. On a 2009 episode of Come Dine With Me she stated that "what makes [her] really proud of Britain [is] the number of people who want to be here".
In November 2009, Bush appeared on an episode of the Channel 4 reality television programme Come Dine With Me. Bush placed joint first and received £500 of the £1000 prize, which according to her equated to a "year's wages in the theatre".
- Brit Writers' Awards: 2011 Winners Archived 16 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- Daisy Bowie-Sell: The Daily Telegraph
- NSDF: Edinburgh Award
- The Stage: The Loves I Haven't Known Archived 16 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- BBC News: Singing out the Blair years
- Dominic Cavendish: The Daily Telegraph
- Paul Lowman: The Press
- Dine With Me: Series 8, Episode 17