Amman Brar, participating writer

Associate Artists:

Tamasha / Mulberry School
New Writers' Attachment Scheme

From January - June 2011, our Associate Artists will be leading two exciting writing projects which explore Tamasha’s overarching theme for its 21st year: Small Lives, Global Ties

Playwright Fin Kennedy and filmmaker Tanya Singh will lead a writers’ group in partnership with Mulberry School for Girls. Based in Tower Hamlets, Mulberry is a specialist arts school with a 94% British Bangladeshi student population. Fin has been writer-in-residence for 4 years during which time Mulberry Theatre Company has taken three shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, won a Fringe First award, produced a season of new drama at Southwark Playhouse and had four of its plays published by Nick Hern Books. Tanya is an interdisciplinary artist and currently filmmaker-in-residence at the school.

This collaboration with Tamasha will see eight writers - Rosa Connor, Tim Cowbury, Sabrina Mahfouz, Neela Dolezalova, Jim KenworthSumerah Ahmad Srivastava, Amman Brar and Shireen Mula – take part in a series of workshops with Mulberry staff, students and alumni to develop short scripts for performance, inspired by their conversations.

The project will be dramaturged by Fin, while Tanya will work with writers to explore the potential of video as a research and creative tool. It will culminate in an presentation of scratch performances at Soho Theatre on 10 June – watch this space for further details.

Read Fin Kennedy's recent article for The Guardian about writers in education here ›

Artist Biographies

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright who specialises in working with London’s inner city communities. His first play Protection, premiered at Soho Theatre in 2003. His second play How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found won the 2006 John Whiting Award and was produced at Sheffield Crucible, Southwark Playhouse and subsequently around the world. Fin writes regularly for teenagers; Locked In and We Are Shadows were toured nationally by Half Moon Theatre from 2006 to 2008. Since 2007 Fin has been writer-in-residence at Mulberry School in Tower Hamlets, where he is co-founder of Mulberry Theatre Company. Mehndi Night, Stolen Secrets and The Unravelling all premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to critical acclaim, with The Unravelling receiving a Scotsman Fringe First. All four of Fin’s plays for Mulberry were published this year in The Urban Girl’s Guide To Camping and other plays, Nick Hern Books’ first ever volume of work created by a writer embedded in an urban school. Fin has also written for BBC Radio 4, the Red Room and is currently under commission at Birmingham Rep. He teaches on the MA Playwriting course at Goldsmiths College, and is an occasional contributor to the Guardian theatre blog.

Tanya Singh is an interdisciplinary artist working across new writing, performance and moving image and currently a filmmaker-in-residence at Mulberry School for Girls. While studying English at Oxford University, she directed and designed several plays at the Old Fire Station and the Oxford Playhouse. Since then she worked as an assistant curator in artists’ moving image (LUX,, Tate Modern), an assistant director (Slumdog Millionaire, Shifty, Cooking with Stella, Island) and a music promo editor (Warp Records). Her video work has been screened at the ICA, East End Film Festival and on Channel 4 (Stranger) and her theatre-based work performed at Laban, CSSD, Hampstead Theatre, the Market Estate Project, Southwark Playhouse and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Most recently she directed Burst, a reworking of Tayeb Salih’s classic novel Season of Migration to the North.