Newsletter: June 2010

Did we mention that it was our 21st year? To mark the occassion and to celebrate the artists we work with, we commissioned a short video during our recent Propeller project. You can watch this, together with extended interviews with alumni Jimi Mistry and Raza Jaffrey, on our YouTube channel.

We've started a blog too. With regular contributions from Kristine, this is the place to get the inside track on all of our live projects. Don't be afraid to leave a comment!

Kristine and Sudha win First Women Award
On Wednesday night, co-founders and Artistic Directors Kristine Landon-Smith and Sudha Bhuchar were named as winners in the sixth annual First Women Awards.

The awards - sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, supported by the CBI and with Sarah Brown as patron - recognise female pioneers across British business, professional and public life. Read Kristine's reaction to the award here.


The House of Bilquis Bibi rehearsals begin
Ila Arun flies into London this weekend for the start of rehearsals for The House of Bilquis Bibi on Monday.

If you're unfamiliar with Ila's work as an actress, you may know her as a singer on songs like Choli Ke Peeche Kya from the film Khalnayak (for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award) and A R Rahman's Ringa Ringa from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

Keep an eye on the blog to follow rehearsals.  The show opens at Hampstead Theatre on Thursday 22 July. Tickets start from just £15 or £10 if you are under 26 - click here.

The Arrival workshop
Last month, Tamasha, Circus Space and sound/visual artist Oswaldo Macia came together to take part in the second weeklong workshop for The Arrival. Kristine and co-creator Sita Brahmachari worked with thirteen circus performers from the north London school together with actors Charlie Folorunsho and Shalini Peiris to develop a number of scenes from the book - you can check out the photo gallery on the blog.

Circus Training
To widen the pool of performers for The Arrival, we are taking positive action by teaming up with Upswing and the Circus Space to run an intensive two-week training course for black, Asian and minority ethnic actors, dancers and physical performers who wish to try their hand at circus and aerial work.

The course will take place from 26 July - 7 August at the Circus Space in north London and is offered free of charge to successful candidates. The deadline for applications is Monday 28 June. Click here to find out how to apply.


Masterclass transcript online
If you are interested in finding out more about Kristine's unique actor-centred method, you can read the transcript from a recent masterclass Kristine held with final year students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. Click here to read more.


Staff news
We are delighted to welcome Emma Dunton on board as Tamasha's new Creative Producer. Emma has extensive experience of creatively producing theatre and music events.
We're also pleased to announce that Julia Good moves into the role of General Manager, and we welcome Felicity Davidson as our new Administration Assistant.


Elsewhere in London

Wild Horses until 10 July
at Theatre503, London SW11
Nimer Rashed's powerful debut play is a darkly comic and startling exploration of family, folly and forgiveness. It is also the first play from the Battersea theatre's in-house writers, the 503Five. More>

The Great Game: Afghanistan 23 July – 29 August
at The Tricycle, London SE1
Back for a limited London run is this acclaimed season of plays, films and exhibitions. Exploring Afghan culture and history, the festival aims to stimulate public discussion on what is currently the most important focus of UK and American foreign policy. More>

With best wishes from everyone at Tamasha.

Image: The Arrival workshop at the Circus Space, May 2010. Photo: Robert Workman.

In this newsletter:

› Kris and Sudha win First Women Award

› The House of Bilquis Bibi

› The Arrival workshop

› Circus training

› NIDA masterclass

› Staff news

› Elsewhere in London


Tamasha gratefully acknowledges financial support from
Unity Theatre Trust and Friends and Patrons of Tamasha.

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