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Tara Theatre in Time Out!

17 November 2017

We were in Time Out! Thanks to Kristel Tracey for saying such nice things, click through to read what she wrote.

To keep in touch with Kristel, head to Twitter and search @the_vajabond

 ‘Tara Arts puts minority communities’ voices centrestage, and shares the stories we all need to hear.’

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The #BigFoot SLANG glossary

27 October 2017

Big Foot uses a host of dynamite words and phrases to pepper the language and dialect of the characters, some with brilliant comic and dramatic effect. We’ve put together this sik short glossary with HighRise Theatre for Big Foot to whet your appetite for the show on tour...

Going to Tara Theatre from Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th November. You can book your tickets here!

 

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Q&A with Big Foot writer Joseph Barnes-Phillips

26 October 2017

Grab a cuppa tea and settle down to read our intimate and provocative interview with writer and actor Joseph Barnes-Phillips... 

Big Foot is coming to Tara Theatre from next Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th of November! Don't miss out and grab your tickets here.

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Combustion at the Bradford Literature Festival

31 July 2017

Asif Khan playwright blog.

Combustion, my debut play set in Bradford, had played in London at Tara Theatre, Arcola Theatre and RADA.

Following this, it toured to Norwich, Margate, Hexham and South Shields. But it was it’s single performance in my hometown of Bradford, as part of the Bradford Literature Festival, which was the most exciting and nerve-racking prospect for me. The play involves five characters from Bradford, four of which are British Muslims. The provocative language and sexual references were plentiful. The issues I wanted to tackle were sensitive, challenging and contentious, for Muslims and non-Muslims. The comedy in the writing was, well, things I found funny at least! The audiences so far had taken the play very well. How would it go down in front of the very people this play is about?

July 7th. The day was here. I was on my way from my London to Bradford. I was told we had a full house at the Alhambra Studio. Fantastic. But, I had some friends and family I was desperately trying to somehow squeeze in. Luckily the Alhambra managed to increase the capacity by twenty extra seats.

As the audience entered the theatre I came across many old friends and also my family who were seeing the show for the first time. ‘Does it have anything rude in it?’ my dad asked!

I sat at the very back of the auditorium with director Nona Shepphard. Looking at the diverse mix of people there, waiting for the show to start. As a writer, it’s out of your control from this point. It’s all in the hands of the actors. All you can do is sit and grit your teeth. Thankfully, there was plenty of laughter and the audience seemed very engaged in the story. At the interval, I received very positive feedback from various audience members, especially Muslim members, who got the humour, characters and appreciated the issues I was trying to tackle.

The show finished with a generous round of applause and some audience members taking selfies on the stage.

At the post show Q & A many stayed behind. A close family friend of my father (Muhammed Akram Khan-Cheema OBE) chaired the discussion, with myself, the director and the actors. The response was incredible and I couldn’t have been happier. Many of the Muslim women commented on how much they identified with the character of Samina, how accurate Shireen Farkhoy’s portrayal of the role was, and how they knew many friends like her. The real ‘Bradford Women For Peace’ group were also present, of which I took much inspiration for the play and they were hugely complimentary.

All in all, I couldn’t have been more pleased. It was probably the most diverse audience at a theatre I had seen in a very long time. I’m constantly urging my own community to visit the theatre much more, as generally, especially in Bradford, they rarely go to the theatre. I’ve certainly never seen a Muslim woman wearing a Niqab at the theatre! But I was incredibly happy to see so many at the Alhambra Studio on the evening! Old and young, Islamic dress, non-Islamic dress, the variety of Muslims present in a theatre, made me glow with pride. It was precisely what I was trying to get across in the play. That there is not just one type of Muslim, but a whole diverse range, with different outlooks and views. Basically, we are all humans and not one human is the same as another!

The evening couldn’t be complete without a visit to my favourite place to eat in Bradford, My Lahore. Naan’s were eaten, lassi’s were downed. I arrived home, a happy and stuffed writer.

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Chigger Foot Boys workshops

23 January 2017

StrongBack Productions is running a series of free workshops related to Chigger Foot Boys, support by the Heritage Lottery Fund for young people to learn about the lives of young Caribbean men who fought in World War One and the world they found themselves in.

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CATHY TYSON TALKS ABOUT CREATING SHE CALLED ME MOTHER

19 January 2017

Cathy Tyson is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actress with over three decades of experience in the creative industries. She is known for her roles in film television and theatre. She began her career at the Liverpool Everyman at the age of 17 before joining the RSC in 1984. She is best known for her role in Mona Lisa (1986) alongside Bob Hoskins.  Cathy plays the protagonist Evangeline in She Called Me Mother at Tara Theatre from Tues 7 to Sat 11 Feb'17.

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70/70 - At the Stroke of the Midnight Hour

3 January 2017

At midnight on 14/15 August 1947, India and Pakistan became independent from the British Empire.

A relationship that formally began with Sir Thomas Roe’s embassy to the court of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1615, ended over three centuries later with the independent nations of India and Pakistan.

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Paradise of the Assassins - Rehearsal Blog Week 1

23 August 2016

"Are you scared? What are you scared of?" - Hussain

Hopefully not the fact I'm writing a weekly rehearsal blog! But here I shall be your window into the rehearsal room of Paradise of The Assassins. So no wasting time, let's get stuck in...

 

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New Theatre, New Season!

28 July 2016

Debut season at Tara Theatre to open with co-production of Paradise of the Assassins

  • Anthony Clark to direct the first ever staging of a the 19th century Indian novella about the medieval cult of Assassins
  • Other season highlights include Black Theatre Live’s new version of Hamlet directed by Jeffery Kissoon and Ambreen Razia's The Diary of a Hounslow Girl
  • Further Tara co-productions include Vagabonds, a distinctive take on the life of Thin Lizzie’s Phil Lynott and a journey with Shakespeare’s mischievous Puck for children in Round the World in 40 Minutes
  • Panto comes to Earlsfield with Bollywood Jack
  • Dynamic pricing introduced across all shows to reward loyal bookers

 

 

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Earlsfield resident photo project

1 September 2015

Local for many years and a loyal customer to Tara Theatre Maggie Gilbert has made available to us a photo project originally intended for her children of photographs of Garratt Lane.  See how much (or little) has changed since then!

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