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Interview with director & choreographer Shane Shambhu

12 October 2018

Shane Shambhu brings his fresh and unapologetic show Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer to Tara Theatre on Monday 22nd October, 7.30pm. From an early age, Shane embraced his South-Indian heritage by taking up dance lessons and continues to use aspects of his training in his work today, fusing Indian classical dance with contemporary practices.

Click here for more info on his event and to book tickets.

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Working Girls: Speaking with Lauren Cato

Working Girls is the result of a British-French theatre project, with plays by Kay Adshead and Isabel Allende. Both plays will be performed in English and French, performed by Josephine Welcome, Nadine Servan, Sarah Labrin and Lauren Cato. 

We spoke with the actor Lauren Cato, who performs in The Last Little Girl about her role in this unique international collaboration.

Working Girls is at Tara Theatre on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October at 7.30pm and 9pm. Click HERE for tickets.

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Working Girls: Interview with Kay Adshead

Working Girls is the result of a British-French theatre project, with plays by Kay Adshead and Isabel Allende. Both plays will be performed in English and French, performed by Josephine Welcome, Nadine Servan, Sarah Labrin and Lauren Cato. 

We spoke with the extraordinary Kay Adshead, who wrote The Last Little Girl / La Derniere Petite Fille about her career, approach to theatre and more.

Working Girls is at Tara Theatre on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 October at 7.30pm and 9pm. Click HERE for tickets.

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D: CODE interview with Yael Karavan of Karavan Ensemble on her latest show

12 September 2018

Where do we come from? What does 'home' mean to us? D-Code explores these questions through physical theatre, dance, stunning visuals, video mapping and an original soundscape by Carl Beukman. Read on for insights into where Yael's inspiration came from, and what it's been like producing a solo show.

D-Code is at Tara Theatre on Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm. Click HERE for tickets.

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Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree

A Brand New Production for Children by Tara Arts and Polka Theatre 

Based on The Panchatantra – India’s Aesop’s Fables
Written by Shamser Sinha, directed by Jatinder Verma and designed by Claudia Mayer
 

Near the foothills of the Himalayas, three orphans open a magical book under a Banyan tree. They were told the book wouldn’t give them answers but they’d learn from it, so they stir a pot of milk and watch as three stories of the forest rise from the pages. Stories of headstrong crows, a mongoose who wants a family, and a brave leopard come vibrantly to life, with masks, movement and music.

Tara Arts is delighted to be co-producing with Polka Theatre the first-ever stage adaptation of The Panchatantra in the UK.

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Joan, Babs & Shelagh Too; Q&A with creator Gemskii

14 May 2018

We spoke with writer, actor and producer Gemskii about her show Joan, Babs & Shelagh Too, part of our women's festival I'll Say It Again! season this month. Gemskii talks about why Joan Littlewood had such an impact on British theatre, and why her story must be shared. Catch it on Wednesday 23rd May, 7.30pm - book here

 

 

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Pupik: In conversation with Yael Karavan and Naomi Silman, Part I

Pupik is a new multi-layered, visual and physical two-woman show that travels through time and space, unveiling layers of personal stories, tracing a line from the personal to the universal. Ahead of their performances at Tara Theatre on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May, Claire Wearn sat down for a chat with collaborators and friends Yael Karavan and Naomi Silman. The show is a co-production between their award-winning companies, LUME Teatro (Brazil) and The Karavan Ensemble (UK).

Read on for the first part of the interview...

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A Doll's House by Theatrical Niche

Mr and Mrs Helmer are the iconic power couple. They excel at work, staying on top, socialising. They excel at excelling. But all is not as it seems. Theatrical Niche's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic play focuses on the impossible idolisation of one 'perfect' woman, by a man who walk around with weights around his ankles. 

Having worked with some of the UK's leading mental health charities for this artful adaptation, Theatrical Nice use verbatim interviews and emotive choreography to give this production a resoundingly contemporary voice. We spoke to the company's director, Venetia Twigg.

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I'll Say It Again! Festival opens next week!

 

I'll Say It Again! festival opens a week today! We are very excited to welcome such a fantastic array of women artists to Tara Theatre for the month of May (2 May - 2 June). As Preti Taneja, writer and Tara Arts Trustee says:

 

...Equal rights begin with the ability to imagine a new world - and that's where women creative artists take centre stage. I'll Say It Again! is an extraordinary marker of women's political activism and I'm delighted to be a part of it.

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SIGHT/UNSEEN Drama Symposium at Tara Theatre, 27 April

16 April 2018

Amplifying Voices of Southeast and British East Asian Theatre Playwrights

Playreadings, talks and discussions will provide an opportunity to experience and discuss the plays of writers from Southeast Asia and from the British East Asian community. The Sight/Unseen Drama Conference is taking place over two days in South London: 26 April at Goldsmiths, New Cross and 27 April at Tara Theatre, Earlsfield. 

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Chat with Sharon Singh and Adam Samuel-Bal

21 February 2018

The Game of Love and Chai is about the games that potential suitors Rani and Raj play during their first meeting, when each pretends to be someone else. We sat down with actors Sharon Singh (Rani) and Adam Samuel-Bal (Raj) to discuss costumes, confidantes and romance.

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Q&A with zerOclassikal's Mithila Sarma

12 February 2018

We spoke to Mithila Sarma, Artistic Director of zerOclassikal, about the essence of Carnatic music and the concert coming up on Saturday 17th February.

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An Interview with Nigel Planer

6 February 2018

Actor & writer Nigel Planer on his latest play, The Game of Love & Chai, directed by Jatinder Verma and produced by Tara Arts.

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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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Big Foot rehearsal shots!

19 September 2017

Check out Big Foot Joseph Barnes-Philips and Dominic Garfield in rehearsal at Tara Theatre last week!

Photo credit Camilla Greenwell.

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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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