Tamasha Education

Through working with predominantly BAME actors, Tamasha has developed a practice which ‘plays’ with cultures and languages through improvisation.

We have shared this practice in environments outside the rehearsal room, particularly in secondary schools and in higher education institutions where we have been struck by the many positive learning outcomes of this approach.

Tamasha's model empowers drama teachers to work with all students by giving each language and cultural context in the classroom the same currency. It's a model that builds confidence, promotes dialogue and cultural understanding, and produces mature, multi-lingual devised performances.

We are also an Arts Award Supporter and offer a range of activities for all level of Arts Award. More info ›

Tamasha's work in the education sector has focused on the following projects:

› Re-Fuel (2019)

In 2017, Tamasha sent playwrights into four inner London secondary schools to develop four new 20-minute plays with young people ages 12 - 16. Each set in a minicab office, these plays will now be available for school groups and youth theatres to rehearse and perform as a short warm-up performance for Tamasha's next major production, Approaching Empty by Ishy Din, which tours the UK from Jan - Apr 2019. More info ›

› Migration Stories (2016)

In partnership with the Migration Museum we explored migration experiences with five schools in London and Derby. Migration Stories introduced groups of pupils to professional directors and playwrights from our TDA network in full day interactive workshops. The playwrights then created an original ensemble script for each school to work with which were performed to audiences. More info ›

› Introduction to Playwriting: Students (2015)

Our introduction to playwriting course gives students the tools and guidance to write an original short two-hander play on a subject of their choice. The course runs over 8 weeks with students wishing to pursue playwriting receiving 6 after-school sessions led by members of the Tamasha Playwrights group. Students receive one-to-one attention on their scripts and will have the unique opportunity to engage with working playwrights. At the end of the course, professional actors perform readings of the students’ work. This course has previously been delivered for: Mulberry School for Girls. More info ›

› Schoolwrights (2011-14)

The vision of Tamasha Artistic Director Fin Kennedy, Schoolwrights is an innovative scheme bringing together professional playwrights and inner city schools. Schoolwrights trains emerging professional playwrights to work as writers-in-residence in state schools in areas of deprivation and low cultural engagement. Each Schoolwrights cycle lasts one academic year allowing for immersive residencies in which strong creative relationships are built up between the writers, young people and their teachers. Parity of esteem is key – writers and their young groups co-create plays which are directed by the teachers and performed at professional venues. Schoolwrights connects two or more neighbouring schools into a network of host organisations for writers’ placements. The resulting plays are digitally published, for schools nationwide to use. Schoolwrights has run in two successful pilot projects in London in 2011 and 2014. More info ›

› Voices from a Classroom (2010)

A Creative Partnerships enquiry project between Tamasha and north London secondary School, which saw Tamasha's former co-Artistic Director Kristine Landon-Smith work with fifty Year 10 students and their teachers over six-weeks. More info › 

› Lyrical MC (2008)

Using students’ verbatim texts and improvisations created during the TIME workshops, Sita Brahmachari and Kristine Landon-Smith teamed up with young participants from London arts education charity Rewrite to create a new production Lyrical MC. The show toured to four theatre venues across London.  More info › 

› TIME (1999-2001)

Developed by Kristine Landon-Smith and Sita Brahmachari, the TIME project worked with six secondary schools in London and Birmingham, training teachers to use students’ cultural contexts to create new work. The project culminated in a national conference at the Central School of Speech and Drama. More info ›
To enquire about Tamasha leading a project in your school, call 0207 749 0090 or e-mail admin@tamasha.org.uk. Tamasha is also an Arts Award Supporter. Find out more about this here >