Newsletter December 2010

The Actor / Director Laboratory

Tamasha's week-long laboratory for actors and directors took place earlier this month at Graeae's Bradbury Studios in east London.
The course, open to partipants from all cultural backgrounds, explored the actor-director relationship and allowed participants to learn about Tamasha's unique intracultural approach.

We received fantastic feedback from the participants – visit the blog to read their thoughts from the week.

“Still feeling so buoyant from last week, really affirmed from having worked with Kristine and all the group.”
Ian Nicholson

“The 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.”
Julia Sandiford

“Want 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

“Spent 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 Tamasha!”
Suzanne Ahmet

To be sent details about the next Actor/Director Laboratory in 2011, join the Tamasha Developing Artists programme.

A Tainted Dawn

Earlier this month, Kristine Landon-Smith directed a new production of Tamasha's 1997 show A Tainted Dawn with BA World Performance students from East 15 Acting School.

This 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.

It follows a student production of East is East, which Kristine directed at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney last year.

Associate Artists

We're pleased to announce the four Associate Artists who will joining Tamasha for five months from January 2011.

Playwright 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.

The 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.

Click here to read biographies of the artists. For details about further opportunities and how to get involved, join the Tamasha Developing Artists programme.

And finally...

You 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.

With 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 Workman.

Small image: Shaheen Khan in "A Tainted Dawn" (1997). Photo: Jenny Potter.

In this newsletter:

› The Actor / Director Laboratory

A Tainted Dawn at East 15 Acting School

› Associate Artists announced

› And finally...

Tamasha is funded by London Councils and Arts Council England.
Tamasha gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Friends and Patrons of Tamasha.

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