“In my own creative process I strongly believe in striving towards personal and cultural specificity... inspired by works such as Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun... for universal resonance across diverse audiences.”
Avaes Mohammad






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Associate Artists:

Small Lives, Global Ties writers' group

We’re delighted to welcome our four Associate Artists who are joining the company on a five-month attachment from January - May 2011 to lead on two exciting creative writing projects. 

Over the coming months, poet and playwright Avaes Mohammad, filmmaker Kuldip Powar and ten writers will explore how the relationship between writers and film-makers can be deepened through shared exchange. Tamasha is keen to provide a space to nurture personal, nuanced voices which reach out to the broader theatrical and political landscape and feed into the theme of our 21st year: 
Small Lives, Global Ties

We're pleased to welcome our ten participating writers: Ray GrewalYasmin Whittaker-KhanSifundo Msebele-ManziniAndrew McCoyAna MendesLeila KhanRosaline TingOmar KhairySubika Anwar and Ajay Srivastava

At the same time, Avaes and Kuldip will embark upon a creative collaboration of their own, which they will share with the group. A blog will allow all of the artists to document and share work and spark creative conversations between members.

The project culminates in an evening of scratch performances of the writers' works-in-progress on Wed 29 May 2011 at Rich Mix - follow us on Facebook or join the mailing list for updates.



Artist Biographies

Avaes Mohammad is an established playwright, poet and performer. In 2005 he was recipient of the Amnesty International Media Award for his poem Bhopal, broadcast as part of the BBC’s commemoration of the Bhopal gas disaster. Works for theatre have included In God We Trust and Shadow Companion. He has also written Bora Bistrah for Radio 3, as well as the BBC co-produced short film Take It Slow. Avaes participated in the Tamasha New Writing course and is currently under full commission for Tamasha, having had his play Zindabad showcased as part of the Propeller festival.

Kuldip Powar has worked on various film projects that explore the lives of Asian people in Britain. Films and documentaries include: Remembrance (2005) funded by the BFI Screen Rootz initiative; Kabhi Ritz Kabhie Palladium (co-director, 2003) about the social cinema scenes amongst the Asian communities of Coventry; For the Record: the Social Life of Indian Vinyl in Southall (2008) funded by the MLA and screened at the British Library (2009); Unravelling (2008) funded by the ARHC, a collaboration with Goldsmiths University and Nitin Sawhney; and The Spinning Wheel (Sikh Film Festival 2008 and Bombay Mix Film Festival 2010). Unravelling won the Best Short Film at the 2009 Sikh International Film Festival - New York as well as being screened at the Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum, RIBA, V&A, Tate Britain, Southbank Centre and Museum of London. Kuldip is a member of several societies and has worked as a Volunteer Community Consultant and Project Facilitator for the Horniman Museum, Royal College of Music, Royal Geographical Society and the Sorrell Foundation.