Newsletter / March 2011

Associate Artists set up
two new writers' groups

A warm welcome to the 18 writers who join us to participate in two exciting projects led by our Associate Artists: writers Avaes Mohammad and Fin Kennedy and filmmakers Tanya Singh and Kuldip Powar.

Over the coming months, ten writers will meet with Avaes and Kuldip to develop script ideas to Tamasha's theme of Small Lives, Global Ties. A further eight writers led by Fin and Tanya will work with the students, staff and alumni of Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets.

More on the Small Lives, Global Ties writers' group >
More on the Mulberry School writers' attachment scheme >

Each group will mount scratch performances of their work: Avaes and Kuldip's group will present works-in-progress at Rich Mix on 25 May and Fin and Tanya's group at Soho Theatre on 10 June.

Watch this space for more about these projects!

Child of the Divide on the AQA
A Level English Literature syllabus

Sudha Bhuchar's 2006 play Child of the Divide has been included as recommended reading on the AS and A Level English Literature syllabus by exam board AQA, alongside classic dramas like Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. See it here (scroll to page 21) >

Tamasha's first play for children told the story of two families caught up in the chaos of border crossing during the Partition of India. The Tamasha / Polka Theatre production was named 'Best Kids' Show 2006' by Time Out.

Sudha is currently writing a new children's play Small Fish, Big Cheese for Unicorn's Class Acts project. On 17 April, she will be performing in The Vagina Monologues at the Southbank Centre in aid of Newham Asian Women's Project.

The Actor / Director Lab - apply now!

The Actor / Director Laboratory is a 7-day opportunity for 12 actors and 4 directors - open to artists from all cultural backgrounds - taking place at Unicorn Theatre from 12 – 21 April.

The lab explores the relationship between the actor and director. It is designed to be a creative space for shared learning, giving actors and directors the opportunity to explore Artistic Director Kristine Landon-Smith’s distinctive practice.

“I found a power from using my own cultural background. It was liberating, powerful and I gained confidence.”
Silvana Montoya

More info and application pack >
Deadline for applications: Wednesday 23 March, 5pm.

The Arrival R&D workshop
at Circus Space

Over four weeks in June / July, the creative team will work with 2nd year students from Circus Space to present an early version of The Arrival for their end of year show.

The Arrival is a new theatre-circus collaboration between Tamasha and Circus Space inspired by the graphic novel by Oscar-winner Shaun Tan - the story of a man who leaves behind everything to go to a strange land in search of work.

The show has been created by Kristine Landon-Smith and Sita Brahmachari who last month won the coveted Waterstone's Children's Book Prize for her debut novel Artichoke Hearts. Congratulations Sita!

Elsewhere in London
We bring you news of two companies from Mumbai performing in London later this month.

Company Theatre Mumbai present an anarchic and hilarious adaptation in which a company of clowns attempt to interpret one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. Hamlet Crown Prince performs at Hackney Empire from 23 - 26 March, 7.30pm. More >

Tamasha subscribers can get 2 tickets for the price of 1 by calling 020 8985 2424 and quoting "Hamlet 2-for-1"

Meanwhile, at Watermans in west London, Primetime Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with two shows: comic drama Love on the Brink (29 Mar - 3 Apr, pictured above) and Dance Like a Man (5 - 9 Apr) in which dark secrets of a family of dancers are revealed. More >

And finally, Custom / Practice present their first national tour with Macbeth. Co-directed by Suba Das and with lighting by Prema Mehta (both TDA members) the UK tour continues until 29 March. More >

With best wishes from everyone at Tamasha!


Associate Artists >
Two exciting projects with writers

Child of the Divide >
A recommended text for A-level English Literature

Actor / Director Lab >
A 7-day course at Unicorn - apply now

The Arrival >
A performance by second-year BA students at Circus Space

On elsewhere >
A 2-for-1 offer at Hackney Empire and Primetime at Watermans.

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London Councils

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

Photos: Child of the Divide by Nic Kirley, The Actor / Director Laboratory and The Arrival workshop by Robert Workman and the Small Lives, Global Ties writers' group from footage by the participants.

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