Kristine Landon-Smith and I met at Tara in 1986 when we were both acting in a play called The Broken Thigh, an episode from the Indian epic, the Mahabharata - a great reason to read that part of my Indian heritage! Our deep friendship led us to co-found Tamasha in 1989, and for 26 years it was the place where the two of us collaborated on and commissioned significant, ground-breaking work. Tamasha provided an artistic space for us and opportunities for a huge cohort of artists that see Tamasha not only as a pipeline into the mainstream, but a home where they make their best work and find their uniquely subjective voices. Writers like Ayub Khan-Din, Emteaz Hussein, Satinder Chohan, Avaes Mohammed, and taxi driver turned playwright, Ishy Din are part of Tamasha’s significant alumni, as are actors such as Jimi Mistry, Sunetra Sarker, Archie Panjabi and Parminder Nagra.
My Tamasha journey has given me opportunities to perform in Untouchable, House of the Sun, Women of the Dust, A Shaft of Sunlight, A Yearning, Fourteen Songs Two Weddings and a Funeral, Strictly Dandia, A Fine Balance and Sweet Cider
I have co adapted and written Untouchable, House of the Sun, A Tainted Dawn, Fourteen Songs, Two weddings and a Funeral, A Fine balance and Strictly Dandia (with Kristine Landon-Smith) and Balti Kings (with Shaheen Khan). My solo productions are Child of the Divide, The House of Bilquis Bibi, and My Name is…
Other collaborations and devising are Ryman and the Sheikh and The Trouble with Asian Men.
I was proud to lead on the succession of Tamasha which now led by Artistic director Fin Kennedy.
Now Come to Where Im From
Now Come to Where I'm From invites London playwrights to tell their stories for the first time.
A 21st century urban love story
Presented by Tamasha and The Belgrade Theatre Coventry
My Name Is...
Sudha Bhuchar's acclaimed verbatim play reveals the story behind the story that hit headlines in 2006
Based on the illustrated novel by Shaun Tan. A Tamasha and Circus Space collaboration
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?
Auntie Netta's Holiday for Asylum
Meet the irrepressible Auntie Netta in her first full length show at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.
Trouble with Asian Men
The Trouble with Asian Men is the revealing verbatim comedy which has played to sell-out houses across the UK since premiering in 2005
The House of Bilquis Bibi
Bilquis Bibi rules over her household with a rod of iron and a stifling love which cages her five daughters. Like butterflies forever cocooned, they long to shimmer and show their true colours.
The desert of Rajasthan is the setting for this irresistible musical version of Emily Brontë’s tale of passion, jealousy and revenge.
A community is in crisis. Two Pakistani girls have run from their families: one is hunted, the other forgotten.
The diversity in our schools brings with it new sounds, as cultures, dialects and forms of expression mix, merge and collide.
Child of the Divide (2006)
When his fingers slip away from his father’s hand, one boy’s destiny changes forever.
A Fine Balance
India 1975, and a callous government declares a State of Emergency. Adapted rom the novel by Rohinton Mistry
Tamasha's first short film, inspired by the research which the company undertook during the making of Balti Kings, takes a glimpse into the unseen world inside a Birmingham balti house.
All I Want is a British Passport!
This satirical one-man show charts Mohamed Al Fayed’s defiant clashes with an unwelcoming British government in his quest for citizenship.
Set during Navratri, Strictly Dandia focuses on the cultural differences between the generations, embodied in the love story between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy.
Ryman and the Shiekh
Sheikh, the portly prince of Pakistani primetime, comes face to face with Ryman (real name Rahman), the gangly geezer from the urban ghetto with the gift of the gab!
A classic tale of adultery and murder, skilfully transposed to a small town in present day Punjab. Based on Emile Zola's Thérèse Raquin.
In Birmingham’s Balti Land, Indian restaurants ruthlessly compete for custom, and curry wars rage with price slashing and chef poaching ›
Fourteen Songs, Two Wedding & A Funeral
Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral, an enchanting love story lavishly told in true Bollywood style ›
A Tainted Dawn
The stories of ordinary people who found themselves trapped on the wrong side of hastily drawn borders during the partition of India.
East is East
Tamasha's critically acclaimed play often cited as playing a key role in bringing Asian culture into the British mainstream.
A transposition of Lorca's classic to Britain's Punjabi community.
A Shaft of Sunlight
Exploring the marriage conflict between a Hindu and a Muslim, against the backdrop of the explosive communal politics of India.
Women of the Dust
A bold portrayal of migrant Indian life, commissioned by Oxfam to mark their 50th anniversary.
House of the Sun
Following generations of inhabitants inf a block of flats in Bombay. From the novel by Meira Chand.
Tamasha's debut explored the treatment of India’s lowest classes against a backdrop of tremendous political upheaval in India.