Nyla Levy and Fadia Qaraman at Tamasha Rich Mix Scratch, September 14 2012

Tamasha & South Asian Literature Festival Scratch



Tamasha are thrilled to be at the South Asian Literature Festival 2012

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Tamasha in association with the South Asian Literature Festival
ELEMENTS: New Writing on stage
2nd November, Bush Theatre - £7.50 / £5 concessions | 7pm - Book
Bush Theatre will play host to this scratch night of new work in their main theatre. The evening will bring a variety of dynamic theatre pieces from seven playwrights, chosen from an initial 47 submissions. Expect work that is by turns provocative, occasionally shocking, often amusing, and in all cases thought-provoking. Featuring work from Anna Jordan, Anna Clarkson, NSR Khan, Vinay Patel, Imran Yusuf, Karim Haidari and Moni Mohsin. Directed by Dominic Hingorani, Ian Nicholson and Anna Jordan. Scroll down for full programme.


TDA artists Nyla Levy and Fadia Qaraman present
Different is Dangerous
4th November, Bush Theatre Library – FREE | 6.45pm 
An effective combination of verbatim text and performance, Different is Dangerous provides a well-rounded and well-informed insight into the relationship between ethnic minorities and the wider society in Leeds. This piece uses interviews with schoolchildren, as well as older members of the community, played though headphones to the performers on stage. Scroll down for full programme.
First performed at Tamasha’s Scratch Night at Rich Mix in September 2012.   


Exodus 40 Symposium: When Spring Comes

6th November, The Commonwealth Club 8 - 8.30pm
Part of a full day symposium event – ticket details here
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the expulsion of the Asian community from Uganda and resettlement in the UK. This exclusive 30-minute preview of When Spring Comes by TDA artist Sharmila Chauhan captures the impact of the exodus on a typical Indian family. First developed on Tamasha’s New Writing course.
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*Also don’t miss Sudha speaking at From Page to Stage: Lost and Found in Adaptation on 3 November at 10am.*
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ELEMENTS: New Writing on stage PROGRAMME
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Coming Home Two brothers torn apart by gruesome events. Two years estranged, during which their lives have been transformed. Today Taz and Solman reunite. Can their broken bond be mended? Or has too much changed?  Coming Home is the first in a trilogy of plays about brothers; the second, Staunch, was performed at The Arcola earlier this year and the third is a work in progress.  Anna can’t stop writing about brothers, and she’s not sure why.  
Anna Jordan is artistic director of award winning Without a Paddle Theatre. Writing includes STAUNCH (Arcola, directed), Fragments (Riverside Studios), BENDER (Old Red Lion, directed), Marianne (Wimbledon Studio, directed). Chicken Shop made it through to the final ten in the Verity Bargate Award. Directing includes Only Human (Theatre503), Vote of No Confidence (Theatre503) and Bassett (Identity Drama School). Awards: Best Play / Audience Award for Closer To God, Off Cut Festival, Best New Writing for Just For Fun – Totally Random, Lost One Act Festival. www.withoutapaddletheatre.co.uk 

Happy all the Time In the pursuit of success or sitting on the helter-skelter mat of daily existence it can be easy to forget happiness. A person can follow a path for years and become so consumed with the journey that they do not notice it is absent. I wanted to write a play where the protagonist put living happily at the centre of her journey, a play that questioned how something so important can be so easily forgotten and what it is that makes us happy. In the course of my thinking, I found Pamela, a working class girl from Burnley, whose pursuit of her unorthodox dream against a backdrop of racial and social tensions became the play HAPPY ALL THE TIME.
Anna Clarkson worked as an actress, predominantly in new writing, before becoming a writer.  A graduate of the Rose Bruford Drama School and Leeds University’s MA course in Writing for Performance, her play Bangkok to Bolton was a finalist in Iceandfire/Amnesty International playwriting competition and in the BBC Writer’s Room Future Talent Award. It has also been workshopped at the National Theatre Studio. Anna is a writer on attachment at The Octagon Theatre Bolton where she has co-written adaptations of Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan for the main house. Anna is also a member of Hull Truck’s writers’ forum.

All That Glitters is a tragicomic monologue. A work in progress, to be part of a linked series of Muslim “talking heads”. Rukhsana Akram, a British Asian designer, with hidden shallows, is interviewed after the disastrous failure of her runway show at Islamabad Fashion Week. Her story is inspired by a news piece that was widely circulated about a purported edict of the Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan. Her failure? A cloth woven from ignorance and denial.  
NSR Khan was for several years a frustrated story teller in her previous life as criminal defence barrister. She has written fiction for publication and broadcast for a fraction of that time, and was recently shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writers Prize 2012. She is indebted to Tamasha’s New Writing Course for encouraging her fledgling efforts at writing for the theatre.

True Brits This piece is the opening fifteen minutes from True Brits: a one-man play that tracks the life of Rahul, a young Londoner, as he tries to stake a claim for himself as British and understand what that entails. The 7/7 bombings occur just as he is on the verge of becoming a man, and his attempts to prove himself a tolerant, rational member of a society that now distrusts him on sight draws him into ever-darker places.
Vinay Patel After reading English at university, Vinay was accepted onto the MA Writing for Stage & Broadcast programme at the Central School of Speech and Drama, from which he graduated with distinction last December. Previously, he spent several years working in the corporate video industry, producing material of a questionable moral worth. As well as developing True Brits, he is also working on a feature length drama – a coming of age story set amongst the 1950s Kenyan Mau Mau uprising.

Tomorrow “The wheres and whens and hows and whats we usually know. We have that on file in London. What we need agents for, in these dark places, is for the people. The personality. To find out who they really are.” Tomorrow is a one-act play about an interview spread over five meetings. There is a man in his fifties and a woman in her twenties. One has the power. The other hasn’t a clue.
Imran Yusuf has returned home to London after five years in Karachi, where he learnt about tragicomedy the hard way. Recently, he wrote Kabristan, a play about cricket and corruption in a country resembling Pakistan. Imran has also just completed The Muslim Hamlet, which follows Hammad, a self-appointed Islamic ‘Prince of Denmark’, as he seeks the purpose of his life – or at least a job – on a 24-hour journey across London.

Unwanted Wyes looks for a job at a café. He neither has a work permit nor the experience. But his worries are not a match for what Natasha faces coupled with the behaviour of her disgruntled boss. ‘Unwanted’ is an extract from a full length play. From the adaptation of the play, Arts Ed London produced a short film in 2005.  
Karim Haidari came to Britain from Afghanistan in late 1990s. He received his MA in Creative Writing from City University. Karim writes poetry, short stories, plays and scripts. Some of his writing has been published and performed. Karim received the award for best writing at International Theatre Festival in Tajikistan for his play ‘Sick Family’ in 2011. His radio play Ugly Virtues reached the final round in BBC’s international radio play competition in 2009. Karim’s play Unwanted reached the final phase in Soho’s Verity Bargate Award in 2007. 

The Sweeper’s Story This is a dramatic monologue in the voice of a Christian sweeper in Pakistan. An economically and socially marginalised minority making up no more than two per cent of Pakistan’s total population, Christians are considered low caste by the Muslim majority. Large numbers of Christians are employed in poorly paid, low prestige jobs by the municipal authorities of large towns. Mostly their jobs involve sweeping the streets, cleaning sewers and removing refuse – jobs which Muslims consider unclean and therefore beneath them. 
Moni Mohsin was born and raised in Pakistan. She is the author of two novels and a collection of columns. Married with two children, she divides her time between the UK and Pakistan.

Ian Nicholson – Director
Ian studied at Central School of Speech and Drama and trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier. 
His recent directing credits include Paler in the Shade of the Tide - scratch (Tamasha, Rich Mix), Taming of the Shrew (Romulan Taiteellinen Teatteri, Finland), Tamasha New Writers’ Attachment Scheme (Soho Theatre), Nina and Shaz (assistant director - Rich Mix, Tara Arts), Mary, Mary; Hole; Stairlift to Heaven (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Animal Farm (Arcola Theatre), Deoxyribonucleic Acid (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre/NT Connections). Ian is an associate artist of the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

Dominic Hingorani - Director 
Dominic is an academic, writer, theatre director and joint Artist Director with Rachana Jadhav of Brolly, a cross arts company who create and curate projects in theatre, literature, opera, scenography, choreography and digital arts. Brolly have recently created and produced an adaptation of Guantanamo Boy which will tour nationally in 2013 and are currently developing a new opera work Clocks at the Barbican, London. Dominic is a senior lecturer in Theatre at The University of East London and has published on British Asian theatre and Theatre For Young Audiences.

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Different is Dangerous: PROGRAMME

 Nyla Levy studied at Wimbledon High School and recently graduated from Leeds University with a BA in Theatre & Performance. Credits include: Girlies, God at the Gate, Pilgrims Progress (BBC Radio 4). Short Films include: Me Two (Chocolate Films Production); Little Red; Personality Aid & Online Dating (A Tiny Adventure Production). Theatre includes: Teechers’, Our Country’s Good, A Grimm Tale’ (Wimbledon High School) & Pretty When I’m Drunk (performed at ‘Little Leeds Fringe’, Etcetera Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Fadia Qaraman studied at Wimbledon High School and recently graduated from Leeds University with a BA in Theatre & Performance. Fadia has always loved the arts, be it singing, dancing or acting and she studied drama at both GCSE & A Level. Theatre includes: Our Country’s Good, Ghostwriter, A Grimm Tale (Wimbledon High School); Sweeney Todd (Polka Theatre) & Pretty When I’m Drunk (performed at ‘Little Leeds Fringe’, Etcetera Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Directed by Ian Nicholson

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