Sweet Cider
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September 2008

Welcome to Tamasha's Autumn newsletter.

We are delighted to announce that tickets for our latest production Sweet Cider are now on sale... and read on for a special offer on tickets for the opening performances.

In other news, Tamasha New Writing, our training initiative for emerging Asian playwrights, is currently underway at RADA.  You can also read about Tamasha's collaboration with Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.

Finally, we bring you details of a number of events happening in London over the coming weeks, including a special offer from Hampstead Theatre.


Sweet Cider - tickets on sale now!

22 October - 15 November 2008, 8pm

Arcola Theatre, London E8

020 7503 1646 or book online here

Two Pakistani girls run from their families, leaving a community in crisis. Their bid for freedom has led them to an Asian women's refuge in a nearby Northern town. But with dialogue between the generations impossible, the girls soon ask themselves how sweet freedom really is.

Sweet Cider is a poignant story about fractured family ties, which looks at the dilemmas that cultural mores can bring for all members of a community, young and old. Emteaz Hussain's debut play is based, in part, on her own experiences of running away as a teenager.

Directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, the production features a cast of nine, including fresh acting talent in leads Rajneet Sidhu and Mez Galaria (pictured). We are delighted to be bringing the show to the Arcola Theatre: east London’s most talked-about new theatre venue.

Special Offer: £10 tickets for opening performances

Get £10 tickets (normally £15) for performances on Wed 22 and Thur 23 October. Call the Arcola on 020 7503 1646 and quote "Tamasha Offer". Limited availability, cannot be booked online.


Rajneet Sudhu and Mez Galaria
Angus Leadley Brown

"Sweet Cider" is supported by
the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

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Ishtiaq Ahmed Din and Divian Ladwa
Photo: Orlagh Woods

Tamasha New Writing

Tamasha New Writing, our intensive training initiative for emerging Asian playwrights, is currently underway at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). 

The two-week course, run in association with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, introduces its participants to a range of methodologies and creative techniques, working alongside course leaders Sudha Bhuchar and playwright/director Philip Osment.

The eight writers taking part this year are Rupinderjit K Dhami, Ishtiaq Ahmed Din, Khadim Hussain, Angela Jariwala, Anita Mir, Rehan Sheikh, Stanley Silva and Fouzia Zafar, as well as two observers, Nabihah Islam and Nessah Muthy.

Emteaz Hussain, writer of Sweet Cider, first came to Tamasha through the New Writing course, and was subsequently offered a full commission as a result of her particiaption.

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Tamasha's collaborates with

Ecole Philippe Gaulier

Kristine Landon-Smith has recently been a guest teacher at Ecole Philippe Gaulier: the theatre school run by her former tutor and mentor, Philippe Gaulier.

Kristine has taught on the Greek Tragedy, Chekov and Shakespeare courses at the Paris-based institute. As a result of the collaboration, seven students from the school have been invited to London to observe the rehearsal process for Sweet Cider.

As part of the Tamasha Developing Artists programme, Kristine will be showcasing Tamasha's actor-centred approach in a Masterclass with the students and the Sweet Cider company on Thursday 23 October at Hampstead Theatre. 

Tickets to observe this Masterclass are strictly limited, with priority given to those with a professional interest. If you would like to attend, email admin@tamasha.org.uk


Kristine Landon-Smith
Robert Day

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Elsewhere in London

4 September - 4 October 2008 | Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead Theatre present the first UK staging of Bertolt Brecht's last play and only comedy. This large scale production includes a cast of eleven actors and a stunning new set design from Garance Marneur, winner of the 2007 Linbury Biennial Prize. Click here >

Special Offer £15 tickets for performanes of Turandot on 16, 17, 18 and 19 September.

Call Hampstead Theatre on 020 7722 9301 and quote "Tamasha offer"

13 September - 25 October 2008 | Theatre Royal Stratford East
The legendary Ray Davies (former front-man of The Kinks) leads a cast of 13 in his own brand new musical. Set in and around the Ilford Palais in the 1950s, Come Dancing takes us back to a time when Saturday night dancing at the local palais was the magical, not-to-be-missed highlight of every young person's week. Click here >

9 October 2008 | Rich Mix
Rich Mix, the east London arts venue, launches with an explosive night of entertainment featuring a DJ set from Soul II Soul's Jazzie B, alonsgide musicians John Pandit (Asian Dub Foundation) and Errollyn Wallen, and comedienne Shazia Mirza.  There's an early bird ticket discount too, if you book before 15 September. Click here >

18 September - 18 December | Young Vic
Talawa Theatre Company present a series of monthly play readings at the Young Vic, comprising new works from Mark Oliver, Mustapha Matura, Othniel Smith and Michael Bhim that explore the heart and soul of the black man. Click here >

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Contact Us

If you would like any more information on the above, or if you would prefer not to receive further updates from us, please email us or phone us on 020 7633 2270.

Tamasha gratefully acknowledges financial support from The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation; The Snipe Charitable Trust; The Stanley Picker Trust; and Friends of Tamasha.

Tamasha is funded by Arts Council England and London Councils.


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