Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective founded in October 2014 by Artistic Director Fin Kennedy and formed of 8 emerging playwrights from a diverse range of backgrounds.
The aims of Tamasha Playwrights are:
- To offer long-term career development in a supportive environment to 8 emerging playwrights per year from culturally diverse backgrounds.
- To train playwrights as producers, fundraisers, workshop leaders and project managers, as well as offering craft-based session on playwriting itself.
- To support and encourage group members to be the creative leads on their own project ideas, to empower them to make a living as artists in between play commissions.
- To factor in regular showcase opportunities to promote the writers and their work to the professional theatre industry.
The content of each session is determined by the participants. As well as covering aspects of the craft of playwriting, these sessions have included workshops on producing your own work, budgeting a fringe show, and how to sustain a career as a freelance writer. Visiting speakers have included representatives from the National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Tricycle Theatre and the Royal Court, as well as freelance producers and directors.
Tamasha Playwrights 2016/17
Our Year 3 Tamasha Playwights are: Afshan D’Souza Lodhi, Ayesha Siddiqi, Dianna Hunt, Guleraana Mir, Matilda Ibini, Rabiah Hussain, Ross Amal Willis, and Yasmeen Khan.
Tamasha Playwrights 2015/16
Our Year 2 Tamasha Playwights were: Paula David, Miran Hadzic, Tessa Hart, Mina Maisuria, Amy Ng, Melanie Pennant, Iman Qureshi and Edward Sayeed. Read more about them here>
Tamasha Playwrights 2014/15
Tamasha Playwrights in 2014/15 were Mediah Ahmed, Mahad Ali, Sharmila Chauhan, Tuyen Do, Asif Khan, Yolanda Mercy, Sophia Mertins and Sally Woodcock. Read more >
Projects that the first and second cohort initiated include:
- Scratch Nights - a series of showcases performed sell out audiences at Soho Theatre and Rich Mix and published online. Read the scripts >
- Tamasha Radio which saw the development of a new online audio drama series for podcast, and pitching ideas for BBC Radio commissioning.
- The Agency with writers training as workshop leaders to become an agency of diverse ‘playwrights-for-hire’ for use by schools and youth groups.
- Intensive workshop and writing week at the Tricycle Theatre including writing time, workshops with leading playwrights and theatre makers, one-to-one advice and workshop readings
- Diverse audition pieces, working with the National Youth Theatre to develop bespoke monologues for their diverse members to better show their range in auditions.
- R and D towards a new writing festival showcase of diverse new plays.
- Come To Where I'm From: taking part in Paine Plough's renowned theatrical tapestry of the UK where Tamasha Playwrights wrote and performed their stories about London, alongside some well-known names.
Tamasha Playwrights have already received paid workshop commissions. Clients include Mulberry School for Girls, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Shool, the Migration Museum, Royal Opera House, Redbridge Drama Centre, Derby Theatre and Luton Hat Factory.
"Tamasha playwrights is run by a writer with practical and real experience. There is in-depth understanding of the challenges facing diverse writers – financially, professionally and artistically. A group such as this gives writers the skills to think autonomously and as writers/producers. It could become a mentoring platform with a supportive space fopr writers to network and support each other’s creative practices." Sharmila Chauhan