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Tamasha Theatre Company

Tamasha means ‘commotion’, creating a stir. Tamasha is an award-winning theatre company which specialises in artist training, new writing and intra-cultural practice.

Tamasha curiously investigate personal stories of cultural difference and connection as rich and radical sources for theatre, nurturing today’s unknown talent to become tomorrow’s leading artists. The company aspires to create theatre that has the multiple narratives and global perspectives of Britain’s evolving culture and audiences at its heart.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £312,653
  • 2013-2014: £319,844
  • 2014-2015: £328,160

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Play with Cultures by Andrea Milde

"Play with Cultures" is a short documentary film about Kristine Landon-Smith's intracultural theatre practice. Andrea Milde was commissioned by Tamasha to document Kristine's practice during the rehearsal period of The Arrival (2013). Andrea has been researching rehearsals for many years, and has developed a unique approach to investigating rehearsals (www.linguistics-in-drama.com). For this production this meant that she attended rehearsals, worked alongside the team and observed, filmed, and interviewed members of the creative team and cast. For the film "play with cultures", she drew on the extensive documentation carried out for Tamasha, highlighting some of the main features of Kristine's intracultural theatre practice. The film was shot during rehearsals for the production of The Arrival, a Tamasha production, in collaboration with Circus Space, 2013 Co-created by Kristine Landon-Smith and Sita Brahmachari Based on the illustrated novel by Shaun Tan www.tamasha.org.uk Creative Team Director Kristine Landon-Smith Script by Sita Brahmachari Designer Adam Wiltshire Choreography Freddie Opoku-Addaie Visual Design Yeast Culture Lighting Designer Andy Purves Composer Felix Cross Sound Designer Mike Furness Circus Consultant Glen Stewart Cast Antoinette Akodulu Gisele Edwards Charlie Folorunsho Sam Hague Antonio Harris Jackie Le Nektarios Papadopoulos Addis Williams

Golden Hearts

Extracts from Golden Hearts scratch event by Sudha Bhuchar Drawn from the personal experiences of close family and friends and inspired by stories from the Cardiology department at St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust as well as the late Consultant Cardiologist Dr Charles Pumphrey, Sudha Bhuchar's piece is a moving and thought provoking look at heart disease and in particular how it affects the Asian community. A combination of fractured, fictional scenes and verbatim material played out by actors Golden Hearts is still in early development. It was performed on 19th and 20th June 2013 as collaboration with Arts St George's for their 9th Annual Arts Event at St George's Hospital in London. St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust is South London's primary centre for heart attack management.

The Arrival 2013 - Highlights video

Tamasha and Circus space present The Arrival Co-created by Kristine Landon-Smith and Sita Brahmachari Based on the illustrated novel by Shaun Tan Tamasha Theatre Company 2013 Creative Team: Director Kristine Landon-Smith Script by Sita Brahmachari Designer Adam Wiltshire Choreography Freddie Opoku-Addaie Visual Design Yeast Culture Lighting Designer Andy Purves Composer Felix Cross Sound Designer Mike Furness Circus Consultant Glen Stewart Cast: Charlie Folorunsho Antonio Harris Gisele Edwards Nektarios Papadopoulos Antoinette Akodulu Addis Williams Jackie Le Sam Hague Video by morreaux.co.uk

Interview with Felix Cross

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Interview with Adam Wiltshire

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Interview with Freddie Opoku-Addaie

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Tamasha and Circus space present The Arrival tour 2013: 21 Mar - 13 April

For more info and booking details: www.tamasha.org.uk/the-arrival Tour dates: Thur 21 - Sat 23 Mar, The Nuffield Theatre SOUTHAMPTON; Tue 26 - Thur 28 Mar, Belgrade Theatre COVENTRY; Tue 2 - Wed 3 April, Theatre Royal YORK; Fri 5 - Sat 6 April, Northern Stage NEWCASTLE; Tue 9 - Sat 13 April, Jacksons Lane LONDON Video by Nye Williams & Clare Callan. Footage from the 2011 student showcase at Circus Space by Richard Maxwell. Featuring Charlie Folorunsho. Original illustration by Jane Laurie. Tamasha Theatre Company 2013

Densha: by Tricia Okada

A short film as part of 'Who's Behind the Wheel' digital video project. (http://www.tamasha.org.uk/whos-behind-the-wheel/) Densha, which means 'train' in Japanese, is a glimpse of the efficient trains in fast-paced Tokyo, their passengers, train conductors and operators.

Dream Express by Anuschka Barlas

A short film as part of 'Who's Behind the Wheel' digital video project. (http://www.tamasha.org.uk/whos-behind-the-wheel/) London, UK Ghulam Hussain is a truck driver from Northern Pakistan, regularly travelling hundreds of miles to transport people and goods across the country. After contracting AIDS, he reminisces and questions his father's teachings about life on the road. Instead of encountering adventure, as promised by his father's truck paintings, Hussain constantly battles with feelings of loneliness, fear and desire that are brought on by spending weeks away from home. Like many other truck drivers, he has developed a drug habit and regularly has sex with prostitutes, hence his present condition. Hussain contemplates suicide but in the end decides that he cannot give up hope. Animation.

Myanmar by Alma Dela Pena & Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo

A short film as part of 'Who's Behind the Wheel' digital video project. (http://www.tamasha.org.uk/whos-behind-the-wheel/)

Paris by Alma Dela Pena & Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo

A short film as part of 'Who's Behind the Wheel' digital video project. (http://www.tamasha.org.uk/whos-behind-the-wheel/) Paris, France

Tram #28 by Daniel Pinheiro

A short film as part of 'Who's Behind the Wheel' digital video project. (http://www.tamasha.org.uk/whos-behind-the-wheel/) Lisbon, Portugal

Public Love by Julius Banzon

A short film as part of 'Who's Behind the Wheel' digital video project. (http://www.tamasha.org.uk/whos-behind-the-wheel/) Los Angeles, USA A man develops a deep connection to public transportation as he rides the buses and trains of Los Angeles.

Eye Contact by Gein Wong

A short film as part of 'Who's Behind the Wheel' digital video project. (http://www.tamasha.org.uk/whos-behind-the-wheel/) Toronto, Canada Eye Contact depicts the thoughts that go on inside taxi and bus drivers' heads as they drive. Specifically, why sometimes a driver may seem distanced, not as friendly as you may expect.

Robin by Asheq Akhtar

A short film as part of 'Who's Behind the Wheel' digital video project. (http://www.tamasha.org.uk/whos-behind-the-wheel/) London, UK Robin Langridge is a musician who was once signed to iconic record labels such as Polydor and Atlantic. Sadly, though relatively successful, Robin's music career never brought him enough money to support his growing family, leading him to become a taxi driver: a job that has lasted him over 20 years. This short film examines some of the reasons behind his career choices.

Meet the Cast of Snookered

More details: http://www.tamasha.org.uk/snookered/ SNOOKERED Presented by Tamasha in association with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Bush Theatre By Ishy Din Directed by Iqbal Khan Designed by Ciaran Bagnall UK Tour to Oldham, Lancaster, Edinburgh, Wolverhampton, Oxford, London and Southampton 2 FEBRUARY - 5 APRIL 2012 On the anniversary of T's death, his four friends meet for a game of pool and a few drinks... Can they put to rest their guilt over his untimely death? Will their friendship survive the final betrayal? Over the course of one night and a game of pool, secrets are revealed and allegiances shift as quickly as drinks are downed. Ishy Din's play provides a timely window into the lives of these young British Muslims - part of a 'snookered' generation - burdened by cultural expectations yet charged with personal dreams. Snookered contains strong language and adult themes Recommended for 16yrs+

Snookered at The Bush

Tamasha in association with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and the Bush Theatre present SNOOKERED By Ishy Din

 At the Bush Theatre, London 28 Feb - 24 Mar www.tamasha.org.uk/snookered www.bushtheatre.co.uk/production/snookered/ Full UK TOUR 2 Feb - 5 April On the sixth anniversary of T's death, his four friends meet as they always do for a game of pool and a few drinks... As they excavate the past and measure their own lives against T's, secrets are revealed and allegiances shift as quickly as the drinks are downed. Can they put to rest their guilt over T's untimely death? Will their friendship survive the final betrayal?

Snookered

Tamasha in association with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and the Bush Theatre present  SNOOKERED By Ishy Din

 UK TOUR 2 Feb - 5 April BOOK NOW: http://www.tamasha.org.uk/productions/snookered/ On the sixth anniversary of T's death, his four friends meet as they always do for a game of pool and a few drinks... As they excavate the past and measure their own lives against T's, secrets are revealed and allegiances shift as quickly as the drinks are downed. Can they put to rest their guilt over T's untimely death? Will their friendship survive the final betrayal?

The Arrival... coming soon

Tamasha presents The Arrival Full professional production coming in 2012/13 Highlights from the 2nd year student showcase 2011 in collaboration with Circus Space The Arrival tells the timeless story of migrants leaving everything behind and re-inventing themselves in another country... Co-created by Kristine Landon-Smith and Sita Brahmachari Inspired by the graphic novel by Shaun Tan Directed by Kristine Landon -Smith; Scripted by Sita Brahmachari Projection / Video Designer: Barry Lewis Archive recording: Richard Maxwell Photography: Barry Lewis Video editing: Mark Morreau http://www.tamasha.org.uk/the-arrival/

auntie netta Trailer 2011

written and performed by Nimmi Harasgama Meet the irrepressible auntie netta from her first full length show at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 - part of a cheeky double bill with The Trouble with Asian Men. auntie netta is the unassumingly funny asylum seeker from Sri Lanka, who tells the bawdy, observational story of her arrival in Britain. From Hadrian's Wall to 'Venezuelan' bikini waxes and her favourite Portuguese dance to the wonders of Skype, follow Auntie's journey from literature scholar to cleaning lady. Nimmi Harasgama's one-woman show is a fresh new satire on immigration, politics and Auntie's experience of living in the UK. Auntie Netta's Holiday for Asylum had its first airing at Tamasha's Start Night for emerging artists at Hampstead Theatre in 2009. It then played to roaring success at Battersea Arts Centre's Scratch Festival, before taking part in the Funny Women competition hosted by Shazia Mirza in 2010. Join our mailing list to keep up to date with the latest tour news. http://www.tamasha.org.uk/auntie-netta-holiday-for-asylum/

The Trouble with Asian Men 2011

created by Kristine Landon-Smith, Sudha Bhuchar and Louise Wallinger Tamasha's cult verbatim comedy returned to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 - part of a cheeky double bill with Auntie Netta's Holiday for Asylum. Macho men or metrosexual guys? Mummy's boys tied to the apron strings or husbands under the thumb? These spirited men have all got roots, so what are they really like behind closed doors? Created entirely from interviews with members of the public, The Trouble with Asian Men reveals the experiences of British Asian men in their own words. The show uses a powerful verbatim technique where the original interviews are relayed to and recreated by the actors during the performance to expose the idiosyncrasies of human speech and channel the spirits of the people they represent. The result is a vital, tender and often hilarious insight into lives that surround us everyday. Since premiering in 2005, The Trouble with Asian Men has played to packed houses across the UK, enjoying two sell-out London runs at artsdepot in 2005 and Soho Theatre in 2006. Join our mailing list to keep up to date with the latest tour news. http://www.tamasha.org.uk/productions/the-trouble-with-asian-men/

Circus Training - Sarah Kameela Impey

Step Up - Circus Participants' Routine

Circus Training - Milton Lopes

Step Up - Circus Participants' Routine

Circus Training - Jessica Andrade

Step Up - Circus Participants' Routine

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