Newsletter / June 2011 Tamasha
Image: auntie netta + The Trouble with Asian Men

auntie netta + The Trouble with Asian Men
at the Edinburgh Festival – tickets on sale now!

Get ready for a cheeky double-bill of British Asian comedy as Tamasha heads to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.

Bawdy and irrepressible asylum seeker auntie netta will be providing her unique take on Britain - from its people and politics to the mysteries of the Venezuelan bikini wax - in the world premiere of auntie netta's Holiday for Asylum. Nimmi Harasgama's character creation is already an internet sensation with her own TV chat show in Sri Lanka! Don't miss her first live show - a fresh and funny perspective on life in the UK.

Joining auntie is our cult verbatim comedy The Trouble with Asian Men. Created entirely from real-life interviews, this revealing and laugh-out-loud show lifts the lid on modern day Asian men in their own words. Look out for special guest stars each night in this new version created especially for Edinburgh. Catch a sneak preview in London before we go up to Edinburgh at Richmix or Asia House. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.

auntie netta + The Trouble with Asian Men
15 – 28 Aug 2011
Underbelly, Edinburgh
Tickets £12 / £10 (£11 / £9 concessions)
0844 545 8252 Book online ›

Previews in London:
@ Richmix:
auntie netta: 2 August, 19.30
Double bill: auntie netta + The Trouble with Asian Men
11 August, 19.30
Booking soon...

@ Asia House: auntie netta
9 August, 19:30
Booking soon...

Sagar Radia taking a shot from the Propeller performance of Snookered

Snookered world premiere
confirmed for February 2012

Tamasha is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of Ishy Din's Snookered.

When four young men meet up one night in a snooker hall to remember an old friend, secrets are revealed and allegiances shift as quickly as the drinks are downed. Through razor-sharp dialogue, Ishy Din probes into the lives of these young men and their fragile masculinity, burdened by cultural expectations, yet charged with personal dreams. Directed by Iqbal Khan, Snookered opens a timely window into a strand of British Muslim life that often remains unseen.

Snookered has been developed by Tamasha through our Developing Artists programme and is presented in association with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and the Bush Theatre. It will open at the University Campus in Oldham and in London be part of the Bush Theatre's inaugural season at their new home in the Old Library in Shepherds Bush.

2 – 8 Feb 2012
with the Oldham Coliseum Theatre
University Campus, Oldham
Tickets £5 - £17
0161 624 2829 Book online ›

28 Feb – 24 Mar 2012
Bush Theatre, London
Tickets £20 / £15 (£10 / £7.50 concessions)
020 8743 5050 Book online ›

Special early bird offer!
Get £5 off full price tickets for performances at the Bush Theatre if you book online before 15 July using the promo code EARLY 2011.
Click here ›

The Arrival 2010 workshop

The Arrival student performances at Circus Space

Next month, Kristine Landon-Smith will direct second year degree students from north London school Circus Space in an early version of The Arrival, a story of migration and new beginnings based on the graphic novel by Shaun Tan. This student show forms part of the ongoing research and development process for this production, allowing creators Kristine, Sita Brahmachari and the creative team to explore the possibilities offered in combining circus arts, narrative and text. A full production of The Arrival is scheduled to premiere in autumn 2012. Read the blogs from the TDA observers to find out how it's been going.

The student performances take place at Circus Space, London N1 from 6 – 9 July 2011. Limited tickets are available priced at £10.50 and £5.50. Call 020 7613 4141 or book online ›

East is East at NIDA

News from our Artistic Directors

Sudha Bhuchar's new children's play Small Fish, Big Cheese - commissioned by Unicorn Theatre for their Class Acts project - will be performed by the participating schools at Unicorn on 6 July. A limited number of tickets are available priced at £2.50. Book online ›

Sudha is thrilled that her first play for children, Child of the Divide, has been reprinted by Methuen Drama following its inclusion 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. Buy the play text ›

Meanwhile, Kristine Landon-Smith will return to the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney in the autumn to direct another graduation production with their third year students: Port by Simon Stephens. It follows the success of her sell-out student production of Tamasha's landmark East is East in 2009. Watch this space for more information.

Badi Uzzaman in A Tainted Dawn

A Tribute to Badi Uzzaman

Kristine, Sudha and everyone at Tamasha would like to express our deep sadness at the loss of Badi Uzzaman, a great artist, an inspiration and - in his own words – "everyone's buddy". Badi died on 13 June in Lahore, Pakistan while on a visit to his sister. He will be much missed for his inimitable wit and resilience, and remembered in all his prolific work that spanned continents and decades. We have fond memories of our special time together creating A Tainted Dawn in 1997 and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

With best wishes from everyone at Tamasha


Edinburgh Festival ›
Tamasha present a cheeky comedy double-bill

Snookered ›
Dates confirmed and tickets on sale

The Arrival ›
An early student performance at Circus Space

Artistic Directors' news ›
Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith

A tribute to Badi ›
A great artist and inspiration

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

Photo credits: Auntie Netta, Snookered and The Arrival by Robert Workman; The Trouble with Asian Men by Barry Lewis; East is East at NIDA by Gaye Gerard; Badi Uzzaman in A Tainted Dawn by Jenny Potter.
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