Newsletter April 2010

A big thank you to everyone who took part in and supported Propeller last month. Kicking off our 21st year, this ambitious project saw a team of over 30 artists come together to develop four new plays, culminating in a week of sell-out performances at the Gate Theatre.

If you didn't catch Snookered (pictured), Blood, Zindabad or Lotus Beauty, you can read more about them here.

The House of Bilquis Bibi
Plans are well underway for The House of Bilquis Bibi, our next major show, which is co-produced with Harrogate Theatre. Following its opening run at Hampstead Theatre (22 Jul - 14 Aug), we can confirm that the show will tour to the Belgrade Theatre Coventry (7 - 11 Sep), Harrogate Theatre (14 - 18 Sep) and Oldham Coliseum Theatre (28 Sep - 2 Oct).

We have some exciting casting news too, which we need to keep under our hats for now, but watch this space for more details!

auntie netta's Holiday from Asylum
Have you met auntie netta? Following the success of her appearance at our Start Night at Hamsptead Theatre last December, Tamasha will be producing Nimmi Harasgama's one woman show auntie netta's Holiday from Asylum as part of Battersea Arts Centre's Scratch Festival in May. Stay tuned for more details or click here to meet the online sensation herself.

Norman Beaton Fellowship
We’re delighted to announce that Adeel Akhtar is one of two winners of the 2010 Norman Beaton Fellowship and will receive a contract to join the BBC Radio Drama Company. Adeel played Yusuf in our production of Wuthering Heights last year and was one a number of actors nominated for the award by Tamasha.

National Student Drama Festival
Kristine Landon-Smith and director/actor Amit Sharma have just returned from the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough where they delivered workshops on verbatim theatre techniques, as used in Tamasha's 2005/6 comedy The Trouble with Asian Men. The two scheduled workshops proved popular and soon led to a third, in which 11 students turned their new material into a 30 minute show, which they performed in the bar that night to a very appreciative audience!

Board vacancies
Tamasha is looking for new members to join its Board. Keep an eye on our website over the coming week for full details, but if you would like to register your interest in the meantime, please email

Elsewhere in London

Alchemy 7 – 11 April
at Southbank Centre, London SE1
A major new festival celebrating all things Indian - from music, dance and books to film, food and fashion. With a rare classical concert by A R Rahman, the best UK bhangra with Nihal, and a musical evening with the Grewal family, there really is something for everyone. More>

Behud (Beyond Belief) 13 April - 8 May
at Soho Theatre, London W1
Five years on from the closure of her controversial play Behzti, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s Behud is a playful response to the events of that time and a satirical look at the theatre world. More>

Britain’s Got Bhangra 17 April - 16 May
at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London E15
Get ready to shake your shoulders and twist those lightbulbs as Rifco’s new show charts the huge success of bhangra in the UK - a musical guaranteed to lift you from the dhol drums! More>

The Indian Portrait / The Singh Twins until 20 June
at the National Portrait Gallery, London W1
For the first time in the UK, a stunning collection of Indian portraits spanning three centuries, presented alongside an exhibition by contemporary artists, The Singh Twins. More>

And finally...
Cyrus Todiwala, celebrity chef, master of spices and a faithful supporter of Tamasha for many years, has joined the Real Food Festival brigade at Borough Market, just down the road from the Tamasha office. Mr Todiwala's award-winning Splendidly Spicy Pickles, Chutneys and Cooking Sauces are making taste buds tingle every Thursday.

Drop by on a Thursday and mention Tamasha to get a 15% discount on all purchases over five pounds. You'll find Mr Todiwala's stall on Jubilee Market at Borough Market, between Winchester and Stoney Street.

With best wishes from everyone at Tamasha.

Image: Sagar Radia, Muzz Khan and Peter Singh in Ishy Din's Snookered - performed at the Gate Theatre last month as part of the Propeller project. Photo: Robert Workman.

In this newsletter:

› Propeller

› The House of Bilquis Bibi - tour news

› auntie netta's Holiday from Asylum

› Norman Beaton Fellowship

› National Student Drama Festival

› Board vacancies

› Elsewhere in London

› Mr Todiwala at the Real Food Festival

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama Talkback Thames London Councils

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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