Tamasha turns 21

It was 1989 when director Kristine Landon-Smith and writer/actress Sudha Bhuchar came together to stage an adaptation of Mulk Raj Anand’s novel Untouchable at London’s Riverside Studios. As Tamasha enters its 21st year, Kristine and Sudha's artistic partnership remains at the heart of the company.

We’re pleased to announce the first events in our birthday year, showing the scope of the company's work today and our vision for the future in a changing Britain.

Feb - Mar 2010

Propeller is a unique project which brings together over 30 artists - directors, writers, designers and actors - to workshop and develop four plays currently under commission by Tamasha.

Propeller gives its participants the chance to work on live projects in a professional setting, supported by structured training and individual mentoring from Tamasha’s creative team. Find out more about the plays, the project and the artists involved at the Propeller blog.

The project culminates in a week of showcase performances at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill from Mon 22 – Sat 27 March 2010, where you can watch a double-bill of sharp new plays each night.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £12 (£8 concessions) . You can book online or call 020 7229 0706. Please note that the Gate Theatre is a small studio space so tickets are very limited.

The Arrival: Drawing the Line
Mar - Apr 2010

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world with a long history of immigration and change. This spring, we begin the countdown to our 2012 project: a theatre-circus production based on Shaun Tan’s graphic novel The Arrival, developed in collaboration with The Circus Space.

The Arrival is the story of one man and every man. Through images alone, astory unfolds of a migrant who bids farewell to his family to begin a new life in a strange country.

Over the next three years, Tamasha will commission three artists to create standalone pieces inspired by themes of migration, which can add layers of material and interpretation to the show in development.

As the first of these, we welcome sound and visual artist Oswaldo Macia to work on Drawing the Line, a sound project combining sounds of migratory birds with recordings of young foreign voices, sounds and expressions. The result will be a composition that highlights the lines we draw between music and noise, sense and non-sense, and other languages.

Workshops begin this month with young people and groups from refugee and migrant communities in Hackney, Islington, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets. Watch this space for more on the project as it progresses.

The House of Bilquis Bibi
Jul - Oct 2010

As the flagship show for our 21st year, Tamasha and Harrogate Theatre present The House of Bilquis Bibi. Adapted from Lorca’s 1936 Spanish masterpiece, Sudha Bhuchar's new interpretation is set in present-day Jhang - the small town in Pakistani Punjab that is home to the legend of Heer Ranjha.

With her husband gone, Bilquis must do what she can to uphold her family's reputation - the fates of her five unmarried daughters lie in her hands. She arranges for eldest girl Abida to marry cousin Pappo - over in Pakistan from the US - and turns a blind eye to the illicit nightly visits he pays to Abida's balcony. But as she slowly realises that more than one daughter is staying awake for him, tension between the women in the house mounts...

With an all-female cast of nine directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, The House of Bilquis Bibi is a deeply personal yet subtly political drama about small town lives with global ties.

The show premieres at Hampstead Theatre from 22 July - 14 August 2010 before embarking on a UK tour in September and October. Tickets for the London run go on sale on Monday 15 March - book online at Hampstead Theatre's website.

Keep an eye on future newsletters for more events as part of our birthday celebrations, including platform talks and discussions, a new blog from Kristine, a photo album chronicling Tamasha's 21 years in pictures, and the launch of our online community for artists, Tamasha Network.

With best wishes from everyone at Tamasha.

Image: Kristine and Sudha outside St Gabriel's Halls in Pimlico during rehearsals for Women of the Dust in 1992. St Gabriel's is also the venue for Propeller rehearsals over the coming fortnight.

Tamasha at 21:

› Propeller -
tickets on sale now

› The Arrival:
drawing the line

› World premiere: The House of Bilquis Bibi

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

Propeller is supported through the 2012 London Cultural Skills Fund,
funded by London Development Agency and managed by Arts Council England.

Artist training is supported by
talkbackTHAMES and the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

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