Scratch Nights

Next scratch night:
Tamasha and Freedom Studios present Taxi Tales Bradford as part of
A Nation's Theatre

Friday 15th April 2016, 7pm at Rich Mix, Venue 1

Join Tamasha and Freedom Studios for an exciting sneak preview of innovative site-specific theatre project Taxi Tales in which we present readings of monologues inspired by the lives and stories of real life minicab drivers from Bradford followed by a Q&A with the project collaborators.

If taxi drivers could predict the future, what would ours say?    

Conceived for the drivers to eventually perform to customers in their cabs, this follow up to the sold out 2015 presentations at  London Writers Week and ARC, Stockton, has been developed collaboratively with playwright Nuzhat Ali and minicab drivers in Bradford alongside former taxi driver and playwright Ishy Din and Tamasha’s Artistic Director Fin Kennedy.

A work-in-progress performance, Taxi Tales is inspired by Taxi by Egyptian writer Khaled Al-Khimissi, credited with having predicted the Arab Spring. Tamasha plans to roll out Taxi Tales into towns and cities from 2017.

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This event is part A Nation's Theatre Festival - a celebration of UK creativity. Theatre-makers from outside London will be presenting and developing shows across the capital April-May 2016.

Recent Tamasha Scratch Nights have included:

* Tamasha's 25th Birthday Tamasha 25 Retrospective

Friday 30 October 2015, 7:30pm at Rich Mix, Venue 1

2015 marked Tamasha’s 25th Birthday and to honour this landmark we’re hosting an extra special night to celebrate. This is your chance to raise a glass, share memories and look ahead to the next 25.

The centrepiece for the celebrations was a retrospective scratch performance of Tamasha’s greatest hits directed by Tamasha Developing Artist and Theatre Royal Stratford East Resident Director Pooja Ghai and selected by Tamasha’s Co-Founder Sudha Bhuchar and Artistic Director Fin Kennedy. The piece will include Untouchable (1989), Women of the Dust (1993), East is East (1996), Balti Kings (1999) A Fine Balance (2006), and Snookered (2013). It will performed by an ensemble cast and will showcase some of our defining moments. This was the first time such a retrospective was be publicly presented.

Ensemble Cast

Sheena PatelShalini PeirisSaikat AhamedLiz JadavAdam Samuel-BalDivian Ladwa.

Directed by Pooja Ghai
Pieces selected by Sudha Bhuchar and Fin Kennedy

* Mother India
A rehearsed reading of a 40 minute extract of a new play in development by Satinder Chohan and directed by Pooja Ghai. Presented in April 2015, Mother India is a thrilling new play about motherhood and blood ties between women and nations in a brave new world. A short panel discussion on South Asian women in theatre, diversity, representation and access to the professional stage, also took place following the reading. Chaired by Fin Kennedy, Co-Artistic Director of Tamasha and featuring Afsana Begum (Mulberry School for Girls), Sudha Bhuchar (co-Artistic Director of Tamasha and actor/playwright), Sharmila Chauhan (Tamasha writer’s group writer),Satinder Chohan (writer of Mother India) and Suzy Trayling (actor). 
See photos from the Mother India scrath night here >

* Mothers and Daughters
a special one-off showcase by two exciting new voices in theatre –Tuyen Do and Elena Procopiu. Both pieces were originally presented at Tamasha’s original ‘Mothers and Daughters’ scratch night in February 2014 and have been re-developed for a special one nighter to celebrate International Women’s Day, this same week in 2015.

* Tamasha Playwrights at Soho Theatre
This year we became one of Soho Theatre’s Associate Companies and also recently saw the launch of our Artistic Director Fin Kennedy’s new weekly writers’ group ‘Tamasha Playwrights.’ To mark this new partnership, we hosted our latest scratch night in Soho’s upstairs theatre, showcasing a selection of new work from the group. Tamasha Playwrights 2014-15 is a new group of 8 emerging playwrights from diverse backgrounds. They are: Mediah Ahmed, Mahad Ali, Sharmila Chauhan, Tuyen Do, Asif Khan, Yolanda Mercy, Sophia Mertins and Sally Woodcock. Find out more about Tamasha Playwrights and the showcase here >.

* September 2014 Scratch: Community
Featured: four pieces of new writing inspired by the theme ‘Community’ including: Venus Flytrap by Jessica Bailey, Numbers of Memory by Tamina Davar, Garden by Lucy Grace and Say Something by Sevan K. Greene.

* June 2014 Scratch: Featured: Performance poetry from Em Hussain, A Quiet Street by Katharina Rodda - part of a collection of monologues recounting experiences on London streets, a nostalgic train journey from Dundee to London in When I Was 10 by Lila Clements, two young friends’ dreams of leaving Manchester for a new life in Majorca by Miriam Battye and a true story of a Welsh singer running the marathon in the hope of re-finding her voice in Can You Hear Me Running? by Jo Harper and Louise Breckon-Richards. Click here for the Freesheet>

* February 2014 Scratch: 'Mothers and Daughters'. Click here for the Freesheet >

* September 2013 Scratch: 'Summer Rolls' + Creating from where we are panel discussion. Click here for the Freesheet >