Subterranean Sepoys (2014)
A Tara Arts Production
February to October 2014
Avin Shah, Project Director
Roman Skyva - Web Designer & Photographer
Chetna Pandya - Workshop Facilitator
Richard Sumitro - Workshop Facilitator
Social History Interpreters:
Project Manager & Writer, Avin Shah, is an actor who has appeared in several feature films, TV soaps and on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. He’s currently filming on the new Hollywood movie, Everest, starring Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal. Following his scripts being selected for consecutive years as a finalist for Film London’s Borough Film Fund Award for developing scriptwriters and film-producers, Tara Arts commissioned him to write a new radio drama, based on the Indian Army’s experiences during World War One.
Lead Facilitator, Chetna Pandya, has worked as an actress around the globe on TV, film, theatre and radio. She’s appeared in several plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court & Soho Theatres, on Complicite’s Olivier Award-winning international hit, A Disappearing Number, and on countless TV series including Charlie Brooker’s critically acclaimed Black Mirror. Chetna is a highly experienced drama facilitator and Co-Founder of Outspoken Arts who provide arts and media workshops for mainstream and marginalised groups.
Lead Facilitator, Richard Sumitro, has extensive experience in working with community groups as a drama workshop facilitator with Bigfoot Arts Education, Arc Theatre, Barking and Woodlands SEN School, Harrow. As an actor, Richard has worked with BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, Vertigo Films, The Young Vic Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East (where he played Pinocchio!) and by two major children’s theatre companies: The Unicorn Theatre and also Theatre Centre, where he worked with the poet, Benjamin Zephaniah.
Huw Parmenter (actor) trained at Rose Bruford College. Recent credits include Eastenders for BBC, Pride & Prejudice at the Kenton Theatre, Home Theatre UK for Theatre Royal Stratford East, Rebel Rebel at Theatre 503, Basket Case UK Tour and multiple audio narrations for Harper Audio including The Last Viking by Terry Deary and Hero by Sarah Lean. Huw is about to begin filming Singletons for RTE and is Artistic Associate of The Chaski’s Theatre Company: www.thechaskistheatre.co.uk
Ronak Patani (actor) 21, is a graduating actor from the BA Acting course at Central School of Speech and Drama. Previous radio work includes playing ‘Toby’ in the soap drama ‘Traders’ for Roundhouse Radio. He is also a Spoken word artist and is the Joint Winner of the Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2013.
Akbar Kurtha (actor) graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1992. Since then, he has worked internationally from London and Los Angeles. His most notable film and television credits are: My Son the Fanatic, Judge Dredd, Syriana, Maniac, 24, House of Saddam, The Disappearance of Lenka Wood and most recently WCH3. In 2008, he started to produce his own work and the plays: Baghdad Wedding, This Isn’t Romance and Haram Iran all received great critical acclaim. In 2012, he also produced The Taming of the Shrew and Before the Night is Through for the Henley Fringe Festival.
Badria Timimi (actress) Since graduating from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, TV includes 'Whitechapel, 'Law & Order:UK', ‘The Shadow Line’, ‘The Little House’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Doctors’, 'Generation Kill', 'Spooks', as well as Film appearances in ‘Syriana’ and ‘Pusher'.
Badria has also performed numerous roles for both theatre (RSC, Almeida, Soho Theatre amongst others) and radio as well as narration for various documentaries.