Tamasha's Snookered

Snookered Cast & Creative team

Introducing the cast and creative team for Snookered 2012 tour...

Jaz Deol Billy
Jaz's experience as an actor includes playing both Shakespearian and contemporary roles with the National Youth Theatre, The Young Vic, The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Theatre 503. His experience also extends to the screen having played roles in both short and feature length films. His most notable credits are playing the Young Muslim in up and coming feature Clean Skin staring Sean Bean as well as acting in Dominic Coleman's short film debut The Conference directed by award-winning director Justin Edgar. He is delighted to be playing the role of Billy and working with the Tamasha Theatre Company.

Asif Khan 
Asif trained at RADA. Theatre includes: Three Sisters (Jonathan Miller); Rookery Nook (William Gaskill); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Toby Frow) at RADA; Mixed Up North (Max Stafford-Clark); Malvolio in Twelfth Night (National Theatre); Playback (Ankur Productions); The Snow Queen (Unicorn Theatre); In God We Trust (Contact Theatre/Tour); Silent Cry (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Tour). Television includes: Ashur Mohali in Spooks (Series 10); Doctors; Casualty; Dalziel & Pascoe; Torn (BBC). The Liquid Bomb Plot; Bradford Riots (Channel 4); Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (Sky 1).  
Muzz Khan Shaf 
Muzz trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His Theatre credits include: Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse); Flathampton (Royal and Derngate); Mixed Up North (Out of Joint); Bully Richard (Tara Arts); Fewer Emergencies (Albany Theatre); One Nineteen (Arcola Theatre); Blue Funk (Old Red Lion) and Felt Effects (Theatre 503). Television includes: 9/11 (Nutopia for Channel 4); Bradford Riots (Oxford Films); No Angels (World Productions) and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (BBC). Film includes: Four Lions (Warp Films); Iyi Seneler Londra (ZZ Productions) and East Is East (Film4). Radio includes: Jinx Singh in Silver Street (BBC Asian Network); An Imam and a Rabbi; Siege; Mercy; Street and Lane; Maps for Lost Lovers and Mr Jones Goes Driving all for BBC Radio 4. Muzz is also a resident DJ at the Ministry of Sound, London.  Muzz also appeared in the first showcase of Snookered at The Gate Theatre in 2010 as part of Tamasha's Propeller project. 

Michael Luxton Dave
Michael trained at the East 15 Acting School. Theatre credits include: We are a Muslim please (Tamasha R&D);Sleeping Beauty (Riverfront, Newport); Something’s Afoot (Brewhouse Taunton/Swansea Grand); Welsh Woman Of The Year (St. David's Hall, Cardiff); The Ark (Kneehigh); The Masters Boy (Tristan Bates Theatre);Animal Farm (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Joan Littlewood Charity Gala (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Oh What A Lovely War (Corbett Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and Mister Spade (Barbican Theatre, Plymouth). Television credits include: The Roman Mysteries, Down To Earth andEastenders. Film credits include: The Manual, Christine James, Popcorn, Phonophobia and No Verbal Response. He has most recently been seen in the boy band 'The Churned' who were featured in the Yeo Valley yoghurt commercial. Michael also appeared in the first showcase of Snookered at The Gate Theatre in 2010 as part of Tamasha's Propeller project.

Peter Singh Mo
Peter's recent television credits include new BBC One drama The Syndicate. Recent theatre credits include: The Extremist (Bradford Alhambra); Komagatu Maru (Tara Arts); A Fine Balance- rehearsed reading (London Hub at the National Theatre). Peter has also worked extensively in radio, performing in plays Writing the Century, Manhunt, Punjabi Boy and The Imam and a Rabbi, (all for the BBC). Peter also appeared in the first showcase of Snookered at The Gate Theatre in 2010 as part of Tamasha's Propeller project.

Meet the cast on a video blog on the Tamasha Blog here...

Creative Team

Ishy Din Writer
Ishy Din’s career has ranged from video shop and restaurant ventures, to selling mobile phones and driving minicabs. During this time, he developed an ear for characters, dialogue and storylines. His first play John Barnes Saved My Life was shortlisted as part of Radio 5 Live’s Sports Shorts competition and broadcast in 2004. He wrote a piece for the BBC1 Brief Encounters series (2005); has written for BBC Radio Newcastle; and came second in the British Asian writing competition BANG! in 2007 (run by Oldham Coliseum and Tamasha). Following his subsequent participation in the Tamasha Developing Artists new writing course, Tamasha commissioned Snookered. The company has commissioned his second play Approaching Empty, part of a trilogy about the experiences of different generations of British Pakistani men in contemporary England.
Ishy is currently developing a radio play with Pacificus Productions; working on a piece about identity in the north-east of England with Tees Valley Arts; and on an idea for a new musical as an Associate of OffWestEnd.com’s Adopt a Playwright Award. He was recently awarded a bursary from the Pearson Playwriting scheme and will be Royal Exchange Manchester Pearson Playwright in Residence 2012.  

Iqbal Khan Director
Iqbal Khan will direct Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC in 2012. His recent credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Gyles Brandreth, at Riverside Studios, Broken Glass (Tricycle and West End), The Killing of Sister George (Arts Theatre, West End), Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon and New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme), East is East (Birmingham Rep), A Slight Ache and Landscape (National Theatre), Treemonisha (Pegasus Opera), The Last Photograph (Edinburgh Festival), Otello (Associate Director – Birmingham Opera Company), Time for the Good Looking Boy (Box Clever UK Tour), Oleanna (Bolton Octagon), Richard III (RWCMD), Simply Cinderella (Associate Director – Curve), 16UP (Union Theatre and tour), Too Close to Home (Lyric Hammersmith and Library Theatre), Madama Butterfly (Lyric Hammersmith and Minack Theatre) and Beautiful Thing (Oldham Coliseum). 

Ciaran Bagnall  Designer 
Ciaran trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Recent Lighting and Set Designs include: Habeas Corpus, Secret Thoughts, Oleanna (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); The Killing of Sister George (Arts Theatre, London); Slattery’s Sago Saga (Dublin Theatre Festival 2011); Luca and the Sunshine (Dublin Fringe Festival 2011); Bog Boy (New York); Swampoodle (Washington DC); Shoot the Crow (Waterfront Studio, Belfast); True North (Cresent Arts Center, Belfast); Treemonisha (Pegasus Opera, UK National Tour); The Sign of the Whale (Baby Grand, Grand Opera House, Belfast); A Slight Ache and Landscape (Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, London); Sleep, Eat, Party, The Gathering, The Virgin Father, Bruised, (Tinderbox Theatre Company, OMAC, Belfast); Woman and Scarecrow (Primecut Productions Irish National Tour). Lighting Designs include: The Little Prince (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Romeo & Juliet, East is East (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Guidelines for a Long and Happy Life (Tinderbox Theatre Company, Old Victor Stationary Warehouse, Belfast); All the Way Home (Library Theatre Company, Lowry Theatre, Manchester); Wuthering Heights (Aberystwyth Arts Center). Set Designs include: A Streetcar named Desire, (Octagon Theatre, Bolton, nominated for Best Production, MEN Awards 2010); The Nose (The Performance Corporation, Project Arts Center, Dublin.) Ciaran was awarded Best Design at the MEN Theatre awards 2009 for his Set, Lighting and Costume designs on the production Oleanna at the Bolton Octagon.

Lin Coghlan  Dramaturg 
Lin is from Dublin.  She has written widely for the theatre, including her plays Apache Tears (Clean Break) which won the Peggy Ramsey Award, Kingfisher Blue (Bush Theatre) and The Miracle (National Theatre). Her work for the screen includes First Communion Day (BBC Films) Winner of the Dennis Potter Play of the Year Award, Electric Frank (BBC Films) winner of the Leopard of Tomorrow at the Locarno Film Festival, and Some Dogs Bite (BBC) winner of the Prix du Public at the Nantes Film Festival. She has written for numerous British and Irish television series, and created an original 13 part series for the BBC – Patrick’s Planet. Alongside her screenwriting Lin has written original plays for radio and adapted many classics for BBC Radio 4, including Les Miserables, Mansfield Park, The Fortunes of War, and most recently Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.

Trevor MacFarlane  Assistant Director  
Trevor MacFarlane is a freelance director and founder of Manchester-based theatre company, Shred Productions. Recent productions include: Going to Extremes by BAFTA nominated writer Lisa Holdsworth (UK tour in pre-production, Bolton Octagon), Sherica (Edinburgh 2011, The Library Theatre, The Lowry, 24/7), Wednesday (Edinburgh 2010 and The Lowry), Tinned Up (The Lowry), Women (Contact), The Pillowman (RNCM).
Trevor also regularly directs for JB Shorts, the 15 minute play festival for established television writers, and recently directed the Lowry’s flagship 10th anniversary production of The Water Still Remains. He has recently finished a residency at High Tide, working on new musical Nicked (High Tide Festival/The Criterion, West End and directed several play readings as part of the festival. Trevor continues to work with universities, drama schools, young people and adults with varying levels of disabilities in a wide range of settings. 
In 2012 Trevor will be directing productions at The Lowry, The New Diorama and The Soho.