Kristine Landon-Smith and Sudha Bhuchar
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Tamasha co-Founders Kristine Landon-Smith and Sudha Bhuchar

Kristine Landon-Smith
Director

Kristine founded Tamasha with Sudha Bhuchar (actor/playwright) and were joint Co-Artistic Directors until April 2013 when Kristine stepped down.Kristine was appointed as Lecturer in Acting at NIDA in Sydney and moved to Australia to take up this position from spring 2013.

Building on the success of her work as a director and her intracultural practice which she articulated through Tamasha Developing Artists, Kristine brought this expertise to an Australian context. NIDA are thrilled that she will help them to carve out pathways to employment for actors from all cultural backgrounds. Kristine grew up in Australia and in recent years had worked with NIDA to bring her specific practice to their students, giving masterclasses and directing productions such as East is East (2009) and Port (2011).
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Biography:
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Kristine was joint founder and Artistic Director of Tamasha and directed all of the company’s shows to 2012.

Her 1996 production, East is East, was nominated for an Olivier award and her original production of Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and A Funeral won the Barclays Theatre Award for Best New Musical. Her production, Strictly Dandia, was a sell-out success at the Lyric Hammersmith in both 2004 and 2005.

Kristine’s freelance credits include directing with the Royal Court Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Palace Theatre Westcliff, Nitro, Yellow Earth Theatre and with the Royal Danish Theatre, where she directed the Con:FUSIONS workshop in 2005, aimed at developing cultural diversity in Scandinavian theatre.

Kristine has also been a regular guest director at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and has also taught at East15 Acting School, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, Australia, the National School of Drama in India, Central School of Speech and Drama, London and L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris.

Her first short film Midnight Feast, was screened at the 11th Raindance Film Festival. Kristine’s radio credits for BBC include A YearningWomen of the Dust, which won CRE Race in the Media Awards; and an adaptation of Lysistrata by Ranjit Bolt for the BBC World Service.

For Tamasha, Kristine directed The Trouble with Asian Men (artsdepot, Soho Theatre and UK tours), A Fine Balance (Hampstead Theatre and UK tour), Tamasha’s first children’s play, Child of the Divide (Polka Theatre, artsdepot and UK and US tours), Tamasha’s first play with a youth cast, Lyrical MC (London tour), Sweet Cider, a new play by TDA writer Emteaz Hussain, the new musical Wuthering Heights (national tour March - June 2009), The House of Bilquis Bibi (national tour 2010) and lastly The Arrival, inspired by Shaun Tan's graphic novel in collaboration with Circus Space

Kristine jointly won, with Sudha Bhuchar, the 2005 Asian Women of Achievement Award for Arts and Culture and the 2010 First Women Award in the Tourism and Leisure Category.

Kristine has now taken up post at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, (NIDA) in Sydney as a lecturer in Acting.
 

Sudha Bhuchar
Actor / Playwright

Sudha is Artistic Director of Tamasha, and is both an actor and playwright. She founded the company in 1989 with Kristine Landon-Smith (director / writer) and were joint Artistic Directors until April 2013 when Kristine stepped down.

Her acting credits with Tamasha include: Sweet Cider by Emteaz Hussain (Arcola Theatre, 2008), A Fine Balance  (based on the novel by Rohinton Mistry, Hampstead Theatre, 2006). Other acting credits include: Murder by Abi Morgan (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Royal National Theatre), Silver Street (BBC Asian Network), Stella (Sky, 3 series) and Khandan (Birmingham Rep / Royal Court, 2014).

Her writing credits for Tamasha include Balti KingsFourteen Songs, Two Weddings and A FuneralStrictly DandiaA Fine Balance in which she also performed, her first children’s play in 2006: Child of the Divide (Polka Theatre, Best Kids' Show of 2006 - Time Out London) and in 2010 her adaptation of Lorca's The House of Bernarda AlbaThe House of Bilquis Bibi. Sudha also co-wrote a short film Midnight Feast, which was screened at the 11th Raindance Film Festival. With Shaheen Khan, their credits included three series of Girlies for BBC Radio 4 and Balti Kings (the stage play, as well as a six part series for Radio 4). Their screenplay, The House Across the Street, was shown on BBC4 as part of a new writers initiative, and they co-wrote an episode of Doctors for the BBC. In 2012, her play for young people Small Fish, Big Cheese  (Peshkar) was performed as part of Unicorn Theatre's Class Acts festival.

Sudha jointly won, with Kristine Landon-Smith, the 2005 Asian Women of Achievement Award for Arts and Culture and the 2010 First Women Award in the Tourism and Leisure category.