NIDA production of 
East is East (2009)  

Intracultural practice

"Theatre is as serious as a child’s game" Philippe Gaulier

intracultural: "the relationship between cultures within a single nation"

This phase of Tamasha's work centered around previous Co-Artistic Director Kristine Landon-Smith’s practice, which is based on a belief that it is the actor that is at the centre of any work she makes in the theatre. To bring an actor to a piece of work where the actor is "free to fly” not only in performance but in every rehearsal requires a complex and in depth engagement with each actor individually.

Her practice encourages the actor to “play” well and at all times (with or without text), while nurturing the individual personality and spirit of the performer. Working closely with the actor’s cultural context and language in particular plays a large part in her practice.

Kristine has been hugely influenced by her former tutor and mentor, the French master of clown and bouffon Philippe Gaulier, and has recently taught on the Greek Tragedy, Chekhov and Shakespeare courses at his Paris-based institute, L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

“My fear of being poor at improvising has gone. I feel comfortable now and confident with it.” Actor, Muzz Khan

“I found a power from using my own cultural background. It was liberating, powerful and I gained confidence.” Actor, Silvana Montoya

Playing with cultures

Watch Kristine talking to a group at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London about her practice here on YouTube>

Find out more

You can find more resources on intracultural practice including videos, transcripts and articles on our resources and practice page >