Newsletter: July 2009 Tamasha

Welcome to our latest newsletter. The curtain has finally gone down on our 14-week UK tour of Wuthering Heights, which performed to over 23,000 people from Scotland to the Southwest. If you managed to see the show, we hope you enjoyed it. If you'd like to let us know what you thought about the show, or if you'd like to buy a souvenir playtext (£5), send us an e-mail.

Design Direct
Our intensive training course for emerging theatre designers and directors gets underway this week at The Circus Space in north London. Run in partnership with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, participants benefit from two weeks of intensive, hands-on learning, working alongside a team of professional practitioners. You can read about this year's participants here.

As part of the course, we will be holding a special Platform Event at 7pm on Wednesday 5 August at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. This panel discussion will look at the nature of the director-designer partnership, and will feature guests Sacha Wares (Associate Director, Royal Court) and longtime design collaborator Miriam Buether, alongside Tamasha's Kristine Landon-Smith and Sue Mayes.

If you'd like to attend, e-mail us to reserve a place. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The Hot Dots

Last November, Tamasha was invited to take part in a creative exchange with The Circus Space (pictured). Over four days, Kristine and dramaturg Sita Brahmachari worked with eight of the school's students - including jugglers, acrobats, aerialists and a Chinese pole performer - on how to use circus as a form of narrative storytelling.

Two of the performers, collectively known as So & So Circus, were so inspired by the residency that they invited Kristine to direct their latest show. The Hot Dots is a two-hander following two successful vaudeville performers Frank and Evie from their meeting in 1928 to their spectacular fall from grace. The Hot Dots will be touring the UK this autumn - click here for the tour schedule.

Back Chat / Midnight Feast

Tamasha's two short films are now available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Midnight Feast (2004) was inspired by the research undertaken for the 1999 production Balti Kings and takes a glimpse into the unseen world of a Birmingham restaurant. Click here to watch.

In Back Chat (2008), Kristine directs from the driving seat as her kids improvise in the back in this funny film shot in Sydney last year. Click here to watch.

And finally...

Tara Arts and the National Theatre's production of The Black Album opened earlier this month and will performing at the Cottesloe until October. With direction by Jatinder Verma, Hanif Kureishi’s witty stage adaptation of his 1995 novel humorously considers how the events of 1989 - the year of the fatwa - have shaped today’s world. Find out more and watch the trailer here.

With best wishes from everyone at Tamasha.

Main image: Tamasha's creative exchange at The Circus Space. Photo by Daisy Drury.

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Tamasha gratefully acknowledges financial support from The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust; The PRS Foundation; Awards for All (Lottery funder); and Friends and Patrons of Tamasha.

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