Newsletter: December 2009 Tamasha
Kristine with the company of East is East at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney

Welcome to our latest newsletter, which begins
with a farewell...

Goodbye Alex!

We are very sorry to be losing our Executive Director Alex Darbyshire, who is moving on to join English Touring Opera as their new General Manager. Alex has done a tremendous job at Tamasha, working with great energy to realise the ambition of the organisation over the past four years. Under Alex, we have doubled the number of shows we produce each year and more than trebled our audiences. Alex has also overseen the consolidation and growth of our Tamasha Developing Artists programme. We are sad to see her go, but we wish her all the best in her new appointment.

Book now for Tamasha's Start Night at Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre's monthly Start Nights are an opportunity for emerging playwrights to try out new scripts in front of a critical audience. Tamasha has been invited to host the next event on Monday 14 December at 7pm in the Michael Frayn Space, where we will present rehearsed readings of works-in-progress by six British Asian writers. This is a chance for you to see brand new drama at an early stage of development and feedback directly to the artists. Tickets are £5 each - to book, call Hampstead Theatre on 020 7722 9301. Please note that you cannot book online.

London 2012: Voices from a classroom

Tamasha is delighted to be embarking on a Creative Partnership with The Compton School in north London. During the seven-week residency, which runs from January - March 2010, Tamasha's Co-Artistic Director Kristine Landon-Smith will work with drama teachers and Year 10 students to explore the rich diversity of cultures and languages in the classroom using devised texts and improvisations. To link in with the forthcoming London Olympics, the theme of the project will be "Arrivals".

The residency continues Tamasha's work in secondary education (the most recent example being the 2008 production Lyrical MC) to explore a model that can empower drama teachers who work with students from all cultural backgrounds. Keep an eye on future bulletins for more on this project.

News from our Artistic Directors

In October, Kristine directed a sell-out production of Tamasha's landmark East is East at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. About the show, she said: "It was a fascinating experience to direct the piece with a company of mixed heritage Australians who had never experienced a work like that before. NIDA is a phenomenal resource and training institution and Tamasha hopes to develop its links with them for future collaborations."

Meanwhile, Sudha Bhuchar is coming to the end of her dramaturgy work in Bristol with the Tobacco Factory and Travelling Light Theatre Company on their Christmas show, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves which opens on 8 December. You can read more about the show, including how to book tickets, here.

On 4 January, Kristine will be running two masterclasses at the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama's annual conference. The Conservatoire has been a key partner in the development of the Tamasha Developing Artists programme.

And if you didn't catch So and So Circus' recent production of The Hot Dots which Kristine also directed, you can watch a video of the production here.

With best wishes for the Festive Season from everyone at Tamasha.

Image: Kristine with the company of East is East at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.
Photo: Gaye Gerard

In this newsletter:

› Goodbye Alex!

› Tamasha's Start Night
  at Hampstead Theatre

› London 2012: Voices
  from a classroom

› News from our
  Artistic Directors

Creative Partnerships Talkback Thames London Councils Arts Council England
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

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

Tamasha Developing Artists is supported by talkbackTHAMES and the
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

London 2012: Voices from a Classroom has
been made possible by financial support from Creative Partnerships.

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