Actor / Director Laboratory
Tamasha's week-long laboratory for actors and directors took
place earlier this month at Graeae's Bradbury Studios in east
course, open to partipants from all cultural backgrounds,
explored the actor-director relationship and allowed participants
to learn about Tamasha's unique intracultural approach.
received fantastic feedback from the participants – visit
the blog to read their thoughts from the week.
feeling so buoyant from last week, really affirmed from
having worked with Kristine and all the group.”
most exciting, joyful, brilliant week. I learnt so much.
Kristine opened my eyes to new ways of working and also
helped to understand myself better. It felt like magic,
but what's even better is that it came from us and the real
world we live in.”
to say a big thank you to Tamasha for this amazing week!
I feel I have gained such an insight into the director’s
process and the actor-director relationship.... Feeling
very inspired." Najan Ward
the most amazing week with Tamasha's Actor / Director Lab.
Surrounded by unique and talented people, speaking Punjabi,
Hindi, Gujarati, Spanish, Portuguese & Italian! Thank you
details about the next Actor/Director Laboratory in 2011,
join the Tamasha
Developing Artists programme.
this month, Kristine Landon-Smith directed a new production
of Tamasha's 1997 show A
Tainted Dawn with BA World Performance students
15 Acting School.
atmospheric piece tells stories from the partition of Pakistan
from India and the resulting waves of refugees and forgotten
souls whose lives were destroyed in the process. The original
production premiered at the 1997 Edinburgh International Festival
(pictured) and starred Parminder Nagra and featured music
by Nitin Sawhney.
a student production of East
is East, which Kristine directed at the National
Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney last year.
We're pleased to announce the four Associate
Artists who will joining Tamasha for five months
from January 2011.
Fin Kennedy and filmmaker Tanya Singh
will run a pilot scheme in association with Mulberry School
for Girls in Tower Hamlets. Working both collaboratively and
individually, they will use the opportunity to develop a cross-artform
research project. They will invite writers to take part in
a structured series of workshops with staff, students and
alumni of the school to develop short scripts for performance
inspired by their conversations and experiences. We hope this
dialogue between Tamasha and Mulberry will lead to further
long term collaborations.
second pairing will see theatre-maker Avaes Mohammad
collaborate with filmmaker Kuldip Powar to
set up a Tamasha Writers' Group and Scratch Night and to explore
how the relationship between writers and film-makers can be
deepened through shared exchange.
here to read biographies of the artists. For details
about further opportunities and how to get involved, join
Developing Artists programme.
can read about the story of Tamasha's 21 years in two features
recently published in online magazine DESIblitz
and also the latest issue of Zee
TV Magazine (scroll to page p23).
And if you missed Tamasha's Artistic Director Sudha Bhuchar
and Sheena Patel (Wuthering Heights) in Holby
City last week, you can watch
it on BBC iPlayer.
very best wishes for the festive season from everyone at Tamasha.
Main image: Participants on the Actor / Director Laboratory
at Graeae's Bradbury Studios, December 2010. Photo: Robert
image: Shaheen Khan in "A Tainted Dawn" (1997).
Photo: Jenny Potter.