Newsletter October 2010

Tamasha's Creative Partnership
with The Compton School

Earlier this year, Tamasha partnered with north London technology college The Compton School for a Creative Partnerships enquiry project entitled London 2012 - Voices from a Classroom. The project aimed to further the school's priority of celebrating the diversity of the school community.

During the six-week residency, Kristine worked with fifty Year 10 students and their drama teachers 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 was "Arrivals".

It follows on from Tamasha's previous work in secondary education, the most recent of which was the 2008 production Lyrical MC (pictured). Read more about Tamasha's education work >

The Actor / Director Laboratory

Tamasha's next training course is a week-long laboratory for 4 directors and 12 actors from all cultural backgrounds who wish to explore the actor-director relationship, develop their own practice and learn about Tamasha's unique intracultural approach.

The course is led by Kristine Landon-Smith and will also include sessions with voice coaches William Trotter and Zabarjad Salam and Improbable's co-Artistic Director, Lee Simpson.

The Actor/Director Laboratory takes place from 6 - 10 December at Graeae's new Bradbury Studios, London E1. The five-day course is 75% subsidised by Tamasha and will cost just £100 to take part.

E-mail us at if you would like to be sent more information and an application pack.

West is West UK premiere in London

After standing ovations at its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, West is West - Ayub Khan Din's sequel to East is East - will have its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 19 October.

The film stars Linda Bassett and Jimi Mistry, original cast members from both the 1999 film and our 1996 stage production, alongside Ila Arun who has just played the title role in the Tamasha / Harrogate Theatre production The House of Bilquis Bibi.

Tamasha's co-Artistic Director Sudha Bhuchar and actor Rehan Sheikh also provided Punjabi translation for the film, which is scheduled for release early next year.

Sudha gives talk at Lorca exhibition

On Saturday 9 October at the Bhavan Centre in West Kensington, Sudha Bhuchar will be giving a talk about her
recent transposition of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba.

The event marks the end of Muerto de Amor, an exhibition mounted by eleven artists from SAL (Spanish Artists in London) which pays tribute to the great Spanish playwright.

Sudha's talk begins at 8.15pm, following a performance at 6pm and a reading of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden at 7.30pm. More >

The Arrival artist commissions

In the lead-up to Tamasha's forthcoming theatre-circus production The Arrival, Tamasha is commissioning three artists to create standalone pieces inspired by the theme of migration to add layers of material and interpretation to the show in development.

The first of these is a sound installation by Oswaldo Maciá with Juan Toledo entitled Anxiety from A to B. You can read more about the piece and listen to a short excerpt here.

We are also delighted to announce that the second commission has been awarded to BAFTA and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Sheila Hayman. Since 2004, Sheila has run Write for Life, the creative writing programme of the Medical Foundation, the UK's only charity dedicated to working with torture victims.

Sheila's commission, which will see her make a short documentary film with Write for Life participants and other groups, will begin this month and run until March 2011 - watch this space for more details.


Elsewhere in London

City Lives: International Ties
Thu 7 October, 4pm - 6pm
at The Jellyfish Theatre, London SE1
How are arrivals and departures reflected in the making of art? Sara Wajid chairs a panel that includes theatre director Paulette Randall, playwright Benjamin Yeoh and writer/broadcaster Lindsay Johns. Free event. RSVP to

Asian Women Talk Back 12 - 15 October
at Oval House Theatre
, London SE11

Kali Theatre presents a week of readings of new work by South Asian women, including Sonia Likhari, Nessah Muthy and Sheena Patel. Sudha Bhuchar will also perform in the reading of Sheena's play Bhus on 13 October. More >

Breed until 16 October
at Theatre 503, London SW11
Lou Ramsden's sharp and savage story of the animals we are and the people we try to be. More >

Othello 5 - 16 October
at The Space, London E14
Flipping the male-dominated convention on its head, this bold, all-female production from Painted Stage puts three women – Desdemona, Iago’s wife Emilia and the courtesan Bianca – at the centre of the drama. More >

Reasons to be Cheerful 22 October - 13 November
at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London E15
In this musical co-produced by Graeae, the songs of Ian Dury provide a powerful political and emotional backdrop to Paul Sirett's coming-of-age tale. More >

Inside 10 - 27 November
at The Roundhouse
Philip Osment's compelling portrait of seven young men in prison as they settle in to the daily group task of exploring what fatherhood means to them. More >

With best wishes from everyone at Tamasha.

Main image: Tamasha Education - the 2008 production of
Lyrical MC. Photo: Robert Workman. Smaller image: West is West (BBC Films / Assassin Films)

In this newsletter:

› Tamasha's Creative Partnership

› Actor/Director Laboratory

West is West premiere in London

› Sudha gives talk at Lorca exhibition

The Arrival artist commissions

› Elsewhere in London

Tamasha Developing Artists is supported by the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. London 2012 - Voices from a Classroom has been made possible by financial support from Creative Partnerships. Tamasha gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Friends and Patrons of Tamasha.

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