History (continued)

Also in 1999, Tamasha began to explore how it could apply its research-based practice in the rehearsal room to develop the teaching of drama in the classroom. TIME: Tamasha Intercultural Millennium Education was a project which worked in schools in London and Birmingham, encouraging teachers to shift attention away from themes of ‘race’ and ‘minority’ in favour of a more confident form of cultural exchange. The findings of the two-year pilot project in schools in London and Birmingham were presented at the TIME Conference in 2001, attended by teachers, educationalists and theatre practitioners nationwide. 

Tamasha took over the London venue, Lyric Hammersmith, in 2001 with Fourteen Songs… revived in the Main House for a second time, while new play Ghostdancing - Deepak Verma's transposition of Zola's Therese Raquin - premiered in the Studio.  That year, The Guardian named Tamasha among the ten most exciting theatre producers in the UK. 

Responding to the publication of The Eclipse Report, Tamasha launched Design Direct in 2002, becoming the UK’s first positive action training course for British Asian designers and directors.  Further initiatives for writers and performers followed, under the umbrella of the Tamasha Developing Artists programme. 

The Company’s body of work continued to diversify with 2002’s devised comedy Ryman and the Sheikh, and the vibrant, dance-based Strictly Dandia the following year, which went on to win a Herald Angel Award at the 2003 Edinburgh International Festival for Liam Steele’s choreography.  That same year, Tamasha’s first film, Midnight Feast, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival.

In 2005, Tamasha announced its first 'season' of work, with three new productions opening withing the space of seven months: the cult verbatim show, The Trouble with Asian Men; an adaptation of Rohinton Mistry’s epic novel A Fine Balance, which enjoyed two sell out runs at Hampstead Theatre; and the Company's first play for young people, Child of the Divide, which went on to be names as Time Out Magazine's top kids show of 2006.

In 2008, Tamasha continued its work with secondary schools by turning the verbatim material collected during the TIME project into the youth production Lyrical MCSweet Cider, the debut play by Em Hussain, followed in the autumn, becoming Tamasha's first full production to emerge from its Developing Artists programme.  This was followed in 2009 by the company's biggest production to date, a Bollywood-inspired musical adaptation of Wuthering Heights

In 2010, the company celebrated its 21st year with a win for Kristine and Sudha at the First Women Awards and a new middle-scale production The House of Bilquis Bibi, written and directed by Sudha and Kristine respectively and starring singer and Bollywood actress, Ila Arun. 

From 2011 energetic new artists continued to emerge with Nimmi Harasgama and her one-woman show Auntie Netta’s Holiday for Asylum; the soon-to-be legendary writer of Snookered, Ishy Din in 2012, and the brilliant young actors, assistant directors and designers, all graduates of the TDA programme, taking centre stage in the most recent shows such as The Arrival (2013), My Name Is… (2014 and 2015) and Blood (2015).

Following co-Founder Kristine Landon-Smiths’s appointment as Lecturer in Acting at NIDA in Sydney playwright and producer Fin Kennedy joined Sudha as co-Artistic Director in November 2013. Sudha stepped down to continue her creative journey in Spring 2015 and Fin has been sole artistic director of the company since then.  

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