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Abdul Shayek’s first season for Tara Theatre

Abdul Shayek has announced his first programme for the newly rebranded Tara Theatre, formerly known as Tara Arts. Tara Theatre is the UK’s longest established Asian, Black and ethnically diverse led theatre company. Shayek was appointed in August 2020, beginning a bold new chapter at a moment that has led to unequivocal consensus that things urgently need to change. Shayek has set out his intention for Tara Theatre to be an agent for this much needed change, addressing the widespread lack of diversity and inclusivity in the theatre sector and beyond. Tara Theatre plans to return to its activist roots, with politically charged, innovative theatre on stage.

The first season will champion South Asian artists. The programme includes FINAL FAREWELL, an outdoor audio journey conceived and directed by Abdul Shayek and written by Sudha Bhuchar exploring how we say a proper goodbye to those lost in the pandemic. The season will also feature 2020, 12 new monologues from Hassan Abdulrazzak, Shahid Iqbal Khan, BBC Words finalist Amina Atiq, Erinn Dhesi, Reginald Edmund, Carlo Kureishi, Hanif Kureishi, Asif Khan, Yuqun Fan, Abhishek Majumdar, Sumerah Srivastav, Sonali Bhattacharyya (Winner of Theatre Uncut Political Playwrighting Award) and Shreya Sen-Handley (recently announced as the first Indian woman to pen an international opera). The building will reopen with BEYOND LOCKDOWN, a project working with a local school, capturing students' hopes and dreams for the future, putting young people in the spotlight.

Abdul Shayek, Artistic Director said: “Tara Theatre will be a catalyst and agent for change within the UK theatre landscape, addressing the widespread lack of diversity and inclusivity and changing our sector. Our work will explore the complexities of our world through a South Asian lens, championing contemporary South Asian voices and artists, identifying new narratives, new ideas and new forms and offering a more equitable and representative space.”

BEYOND LOCKDOWN will take place on Thursday 10th June & Friday 11th June, 7pm and Saturday 12th June, 4pm & 7pm. 2020 will take place from 15th June to the 3rd of July and FINAL FAREWELL will take place from the 8th to the 31st of July.

For more information on the shows, performance times and tickets, visit the Tara Theatre website.