|| Tamasha’s 25th Birthday Celebrations
Fri 30 October, 7.30pm
Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
£25 / £15 / £10 (suggested donation)
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2015 marks the company’s 25th year and we’re hosting an extra special night to celebrate. This is your chance to raise a glass, share your memories and look ahead to the next 25 years.
The centrepiece of the celebration will be a retrospective scratch performance of some of Tamasha’s defining moments selected by co-founder Sudha Bhuchar and Artistic Director Fin Kennedy, featuring excerpts from Untouchable (1989), Women of the Dust (1993), East is East (1996), Balti Kings (1999), A Fine Balance (2006) and Snookered (2013).
The ensemble cast includes Saikat Ahamed, Sudha Bhuchar, Sheena Patel, Shalini Peiris, Liz Jadav, Adam Samuel-Bal and Divian Ladwa, directed by Theatre Royal Stratford East Resident Director Pooja Ghai.
This will be the first time that such a retrospective will be presented publicly, so don’t miss out. The celebrations will also include a Q&A, a short film about Tamasha and its impact, a raffle, a drinks reception and of course a birthday cake!
Unlike our other Scratch Nights at Rich Mix, there is no fixed ticket price but as it’s our 25th year and we’ve jammed packed the evening, we are suggesting a donation of £25, £15 or £10. Donations made in advance through the Rich Mix website will guarantee entry.
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Taxi Tales is an experimental site-specific project in which real-life minicab drivers perform monologues to customers in the backs of their cabs. Inspired by Taxi by Khaled Al-Khimissi, the Egyptian writer credited with predicting the Arab Spring, it asks,“If taxi drivers can predict the future, what would ours say?"
For this project, Artistic Director Fin Kennedy has collaborated with playwright Ishy Din and directors Evie Manning and Boz Temple-Morris. Earlier this year, the team presented work-in-progress readings of three 10-minute monologues at Central Saint Martins in London and ARC in Stockton-on-Tees.
You can listen to the test performances on our website, as well as monologues by MA Dramatic Writing students from Central Saint Martins written in response to workshops with the drivers.
My Name is...
'One of the most striking, thought-provoking and immensely entertaining shows I've seen at Fringe yet. This is one of those rare productions I wish everyone could see: one which approaches polarising subjects with sensitivity, nuance and tact...
absolutely bloody excellent.' Edinburgh49 ★★★★★
'All credit to Sudha Bhuchar, director Philip Osment and Tamasha... this is an impressively serious contribution to a Fringe that has a tendency to be frivolous whenever the opportunity arises' British Theatre Guide ★★★★
Sudha Bhuchar’s remarkable verbatim drama My Name is... returned this summer for a very successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe (part of Northern Stage at Summerhall). Revealing the true story behind the sensational headlines of missing Scottish schoolgirl Molly Campbell, My Name is… received rave reviews before embarking on an extensive Scottish tour that included Cumbernauld, Glasgow, Stornoway, Inverness, Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee – all made possible thanks to financial support from Creative Scotland.
Veiled and Vinegar
Thu 12 November, 8pm
Redbridge Drama Centre
Next month sees the world premiere of Veiled and Vinegar by Sumerah Srivastav, the inaugural production by Redbridge Drama Centre’s new senior youth theatre. The show originally started life as a response piece to My Name is... and was developed through workshops on the theme of third generation British Asian identity. The short version of the play was such a hit that Redbridge Drama Centre joined Tamasha in commissioning Sumerah to write a full-length piece.
We’ve had an extraordinary response to our recent call out for applications for Year 2 of Tamasha Playwights. Formed in 2014 by Artistic Director Fin Kennedy, this writer-led collective offers long-term career development and a supportive environment for eight emerging playwrights from culturally diverse backgrounds. We are delighted to welcome this year's successful writers: Paula David, Miran Hadzic, Tessa Hart, Mina Maisuria, Amy Ng, Melanie Pennant, Iman Qureshi and Edward Sayeed.
Mulberry School Play Readings
Tue 24 November, 4pm – 6pm
Mulberry Theatre, Mulberry School for Girls, entrance on Bigland Street, London E1 2ND
A special event from the inaugural Tamasha Playwrights’ Introduction to Playwriting course, an 8-week taught course for Mulberry’s students aged 13-17. Under the tutelage of writers from our Tamasha Developing Artists (TDA) programme, themselves trained by Artistic Director Fin Kennedy, Mulberry students have been working on their own short plays as part of an after-school course. Their scripts will be performed as script-in-hand readings in the school’s own dedicated theatre by a mixed cast of TDA actors and Mulberry students. Attendance is free but advance booking is required. Please contact Afsana Begum on 020 7790 6327 ext. 340.
Development Officer – Freelance Contract
Tamasha and ice&fire theatre are jointly recruiting a Development Officer to work across both companies. This part time and flexible role will suit someone with significant experience in a theatre development or fundraising environment. Candidates with comparable experience in fundraising and development in other arts or commercial fields will also be considered. The deadline for application is 5pm Monday 9th November 2015 with interviews likely to take place on 18th November at Tamasha’s offices in Richmix, London.
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From our friends…
The Merchant of Vembley
Until 25 Oct
Cockpit Theatre, London NW8
Venice intersects with Wembley in Shishir Kurup’s wickedly funny, inventive and provocative reimagining of The Merchant of Venice. Bursting with music, emotion and a Bolly-Shakespeare plot, it will have you weeping with joy and sadness. Full price tickets just £13.50 (concessions £10) with promotion code MOV15.
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20 Oct - 14 Nov
Finborough Theatre, London SW10
Tille is the gravedigger's daughter with nothing in the world except a head full of dreams – that is, until the discovery of buried treasure sends her village into chaos. Don’t miss David Pinski’s comic classic of Yiddish theatre for the first time in the UK in a new adaptation by Colin Chambers from a translation by Ludwig Lewisohn.
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Until 5 Dec
Join Saikat Ahamed as he dances precariously through his dual-identity childhood, torn between the familiar sights of Birmingham and the mysteries of Bangladesh, as he takes a humorous look at what it means to be British from someone who had to learn the hard way.
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Call for submissions: Who's London is it Anyway?
11 – 30 Jan 2016
Camden People's Theatre, London NW1
This is your chance to be part of a festival of theatre, performance and discussion that explores the changing face of our capital city in the run up to the May 2016 mayoral elections – from the housing crisis and the impact of "regeneration" to the privatising of public space and the experience of living in Europe’s only megacity.
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Arora Arts requires a Producer
Following successful Arts Council bid, Arora Arts’ verbatim music theatre performance around domestic violence Women of Hope was staged at Rich Mix and Amnesty International's Human Rights Centre in 2014. Now the company is looking to mount a national tour for 2016 – this is an exciting opportunity to work with a growing company.
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