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The Bush


Live Borders Arts & Creativity Presents:  “The Bush” By Alice Mary Cooper.

L20 artist Alice Mary Cooper’s new play “The Bush” is set against the Kelly’s Bush Green Ban of the 1970s and early 80s.

This incredible story celebrates thirteen ‘genteel housewives’ of New South Wales who, together with the Builders Labourer’s Federation campaigned to save their last remaining local park from being developed into Luxury Housing and in doing so started a nationwide movement of Green Bans protecting community land and environments across Australia.

This is a show for activists and would-be activists. It’s a show to change people’s minds about who can be an activist and how. It is a show to inspire people and not be discouraged by their actions not seeming big enough or making enough of a difference. This work is about the butterfly effect of our actions. In this play we witness how thirteen women, wishing to save a small piece of land from development, played a pivotal role in ushering in Australia’s environmental and conservation movement. It’s a show to remind people that what is local matters. It is a show that celebrates thinking outside the box and coming together with unlikely allies for the greater good.

The show is being performed outdoors, in community run spaces, green spaces and venue grounds across Scotland, coming to the Borders 26th – 29th of July.

The project will ‘practice what it preaches’ in its environmental message, by working to deliver a carbon light show that travels ‘in a suitcase’ (or a bike pannier), on public transport and by bike.

Nb. Please come dressed for the weather, and plan in advance (there are no access to toilets), and please bring a picnic blanket or fold out chair to sit back, relax and enjoy the performance from.


Tuesday 26 July – Old Gala House gardens.
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Wednesday 27 July – Mary Queen of Scots House Gardens.
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Friday 29 July – Hawick Museum Grounds.
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All performances start at 18.30
Doors open at 18.00
Running time- 50 minutes
Tickets- £8