The workshop company

Sakina Ballard graduated from Arts Ed London with an MA in Acting in 2007 having previously spent a year at The Academy Drama School.  Since graduating she has worked with new writing, devising and physical theatre, most recently incorporating all three when playing Sophie in the UK tour of An Ode to My Sisters.  Film & TV work has included playing Nisha Patel for the BBC, fronting the Lloyds Pharmacy campaign, as well as other commercials, and playing Nasrin in the feature film Bad Moon Rising (Mad Mile Projects).

Babita Pohoomull trained with Court Theatre Training Company and is best known for her role as Preeti Choraria in EastEnders. For television she has also appeared in Casualty and Black Britons, and is currently starring in CBBC’s Planet Ajay. For Radio, Babita plays Deepika in Silverstreet for BBC Asian Network. In theatre, she has recently performed new plays Awk-Word with Missfit Productions and Sweet Love for Futures Theatre Company. Babita loves working as part of a team and finds developing and rehearsing new writings both challenging and inspiring. She is very excited about being involved in the Propeller Project.

Yasmeen Khan is a broadcaster and journalist who has recently started performing. She has made documentaries for BBC Radio 4 about British Asian issues, including care of elderly Asians, the British Asian comedy scene, and Asian dating. She is also a regular voice on the BBC Asian Network and LBC. Yasmeen has performed several times on stage at the Tricycle as a member of the MUJU theatre company and has done rehearsed readings for Tamasha at Hampstead Theatre and Team Angelica at the Actors Centre. She is currently writing a two-woman sketch show to perform at this year’s Brighton Fringe.

Asif Dewan trained at Drama Studio London. He fell in love with acting after his friend forcerd him to audition for a school play. Since leaving drama school, he has been involved with various projects ranging from Channel 4 to most recently a BBC pilot. For Asif, the strive to develop as an actor and continuously learn is as important as getting up on stage on in front of a camera.

Ruby Sahota trained at Drama Studio London and made her professional theatre debut playing Basanti and Uma in Bollywood, Yet Another Love Story (RIFCO/Riverside Studios).  Recent theatre work has included: Mistaken…Annie Besant in India (Vayu Naidu/Yvonne Arnaud), The Hot Zone (Conspirator’s Kitchen/BAC), Behna (Soho Theatre/Kali Theatre), Chale Ga, Chale Ga and The Learning Curve (Women and Theatre); and play development workshops with Conspirator’s Kitchen and Kali Theatre companies. She was the lead in the short film Kitty Collins (Kitty Collins Productions). Having taken part in the Royal Court’s Critical Mass Writer’s Programme, she is in the process of writing her first stage play. Prior to training as an actor, Ruby obtained a degree in Politics.

Balvinder Sopal graduated with a degree in Theatre with Media Studies from the University of Huddersfield in 2001.  She started her career working for Chol, a community based Theatre Company in Huddersfield, which led to many other projects in the region. She continues to work in radio, theatre and television. She played Fatima in White Girl, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama. Most recently she played Sophia in Adha Cup, part of Channel 4’s Coming Up season which was broadcast at the end of 2009. She can currently be heard playing Simran Kaur in BBC Asian Network’s daily radio soap Silver Street.

Macéo Bhardwaj enrolled at Ravensourt Theatre School as a youngster, in where he found a passion and foundation for his craft he then furthered his studies at the Court Theatre Training Company; learning several aspects/techniques of acting. Having graduated, Macéo has been busy performing in numerous venues including the Tricycle Theatre and the Cockpit Theatre, also doing very well in the short film circuit. Macéo Bhardwaj is a versatile actor with a hunger to further and excel.

Gurkiran Kaur graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in Drama & Theatre Studies and trained at The Bridge Theatre Training Company in Camden as an actor. She is keen to play a variety of roles and has been cast in a range of roles from Jim Cartwright’s Road to Shakespeare’s Perdita in The Winter’s Tale. She has recently worked with Talking Pictures Limited where she portrayed the young Indira Gandhi during her time at Oxford University. Gurkiran is currently on tour for Not In My Name, a play by Alice Bartlett with FUSE Theatre.

Peter Singh began his career in the industry as a runner and assistant director. He’s heavily involved in the short film scene and has written, directed and stared in a number of short films. He is currently on the BBC Talent Boost scheme, a training and mentoring programme for actors from ethnic minorities. His love of performance re-ignited Peter is now focused on developing his craft and career as an actor and complement this with his work as a writer.

Shalini Peiris recently graduated from the Arts Educational Schools London. She has since worked with the Young Writer’s Group at the Arcola Theatre and acted in a short film sponsored by the Prince’s Trust about gun violence in London. Bitten by the acting bug at an early age when she’d put on ‘shows’ in the living room (she always played lead roles!), Shalini is determined to realize her dream of being a professional actress. With a long way to go and a lot still to learn, she’s very excited about this opportunity with Tamasha.

Muzz Khan hails from Burnley in Lancashire and trained at Webber Douglas. Theatre credits include: Mixed Up North (Out of Joint) Bully Richard (Tara Arts), Fewer Emergencies (Albany Theatre), One Nineteen (Arcola Theatre), Blue Funk (Old Red Lion), Felt Effects (Theatre 503). His  television credits include: Bradford Riots (Oxford Films), No Angels (World Productions) and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (BBC). His film credits include: Iyi Seneler Londra (ZZ Productions) and East Is East (FilmFour). His radio credits include: Jinx Singh in Silver Street (BBC Asian Network), Maps For Lost Lovers and Street and Lane, both for Radio 4.

Tahira Dar graduated with a degree in English Literature in 2005. Since leaving school, she has pursued her interest in drama and theatre by taking various acting classes and workshops in the North West. Tahira joined the Contact Theatre’s Young Actors Company in 2008, producing three full scale shows and working with companies such as Forced Entertainment and Dende Collective. In 2009, she performed in the Manchester Mega Mela, starred in Contact’s Verbally Challenged and in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Script In Hand Showcase. She has also acted in various radio dramas.

Arran Shanti, a professional child actor who made his debut in the rep seasons of the North Midlands, was pushed away from acting by his parents who in typical Asian style wanted him to become a doctor! However he secretly applied to drama school and won a scholarship to Arts Ed, graduating in 2007.