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Shane Shambhu, artistic director of Altered Skin, talks about Power Games

ASIAN VOICES: SHANE SHAMBHU The artistic director of Altered Skin, whose physical theatre show, Power Games, is on a UK tour, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the nature of the company’s work.

Phizzical Theatre: Shakespeare’s Cymbeline meets Bollywood

ASIAN VOICES: SAMIR BHAMRA The artistic director of Phizzical Theatre — which celebrates its 10th anniversary — together with Professor Tony Howard, of the Multicultural Shakespeare project, talk to Suman Bhuchar about transposing Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (Curve/Tara) to Bollywood, and fusing it with Indian mythology, as well as discussing the nurturing of emerging talent from Leicester.

Asian voices: actor Vincent Ebrahim on The Djinns of Eidgah

ASIAN VOICES: VINCENT EBRAHIM The actor talks to Suman Bhuchar about his role as Dr Baig in Abhishek Majumdar’s The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), a play about Kashmir, and also about his career in the theatre and on television.

Playwright Wajahat Ali gives voice to American Muslims in The Domestic Crusaders

ASIAN VOICES: WAJAHAT ALI The writer, attorney, commentator and co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream — a daily social media news show — talks to Suman Bhuchar about his play, The Domestic Crusaders, which is currently being staged by Tara Arts, directed by artistic director Jatinder Verma.

Rahila Gupta and Jaye Griffiths on Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong

ASIAN VOICES: RAHILA GUPTA and JAYE GRIFFITHS Suman Bhuchar finds out about Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong, Rahila Gupta’s monologue based on the true story of the life and death of her son – who had cerebral palsy – performed by Jaye Griffiths. It was seen to acclaim in London at the Chickenshed and the Cockpit, and now plays the Gilded Balloon, in Edinburgh.

Actor Goldy Notay reports on Kali’s My Daughter’s Trial

ASIAN VOICES: GOLDY NOTAY The actor talks to Suman Bhuchar about her latest role for Kali theatre company, Parveen the ambitious Muslim lawyer in Jabine Chaudri’s My Daughter’s Trial (Brown’s Courtrooms, London, then touring). This site-specific work is about Parveen’s dilemma about whether to section her own mentally sick mother.

Hong Kong’s Mathias Woo goes to Singapore’s Huayi Festival

INTERVIEW: MATHIAS WOO The Hong Kong-based Zuni Icosahederon co-artistic director, who is also an architect, talks to Mary Mazzilli about architecture and theatre, making theatre in Asia, the changes in Hong Kong after the hand-over in 1997, Eighteen Springs (now running at Huayi Festival in Singapore) and what he thinks about experimental theatre in the UK.

Broadcaster and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli adapts Moliere’s The Miser

ASIAN VOICES: HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI The co-adapter, with director Jatinder Verma, of Moliere’s The Miser, now renamed as Kanjoos (Tara Arts, currently touring), talks to Suman Bhuchar about this re-imagining of the classic, which is set in the money-mad maelstrom of modern Mumbai.

Professor Tony Howard investigates Multicultural Shakespeare

INTERVIEW: TONY HOWARD The University of Warwick professor talks to Suman Bhuchar about Multicultural Shakespeare, a major AHRC-funded project to record the contribution of Black and Asian artists to the development of Shakespearean performance in the UK.

Asian Voices: actor Raza Jaffrey on starring in Chicago

7 July 2012

in Musicals

Asian Voices: Raza Jaffrey. An interview with the actor, who shot to theatrical fame via Mamma Mia! and Bombay Dreams, and whose TV credits include Spooks and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee. Suman Bhuchar quizzes him backstage at the Garrick Theatre, as he prepares to take to the stage as Billy Flynn in Chicago for one of the last times in his recent run in the starring role, after seven years away from the stage in London.

Playwright Ishy Din and director Iqbal Khan get Snookered

26 January 2012

in Asian Voices, Directors, Playwrights

ASIAN VOICES: ISHY DIN and IQBAL KHAN The playwright and director of Snookered (Oldham Coliseum Theatre/Bush Theatre) talk to Suman Bhuchar about the genesis and staging of this new play, produced by Tamasha, which examines British Muslim life today.

Professor Colin Chambers explores the history of black and Asian theatre (2/2)

12 August 2011

in Asian Voices, Black Voices, Books

INTERVIEW: COLIN CHAMBERS (2/2) The professor of drama at Kingston University, and former journalist and literary manager of the RSC, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the long and previously obscure history of African, Asian and Caribbean diasporic practitioners as recounted in his new book, Black and Asian Theatre in Britain (Routledge).

Professor Colin Chambers explores the history of black and Asian theatre (1/2)

12 August 2011

in Asian Voices, Black Voices, Books

INTERVIEW: COLIN CHAMBERS (1/2) The professor of drama at Kingston University, and former journalist and literary manager of the RSC, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the long and previously obscure history of African, Asian and Caribbean diasporic practitioners as recounted in his new book, Black and Asian Theatre in Britain (Routledge).

Playwright Tanika Gupta adapts Great Expectations

17 March 2011

in Asian Voices, Playwrights

ASIAN VOICES: TANIKA GUPTA The playwright tells Suman Bhuchar about her new adaptation of Great Expectations (Watford Palace and English Touring Theatre), which transposes Dickens’s story to 1860s India, and is currently on tour in a production directed by Nikolai Foster. Recorded at ETT.

Actors Shelley King and Jamila Massey on The Usual Auntijies

Asian voices: Shelley King and Jamila Massey. Two of the stars of Paven Virk’s The Usual Auntijies (Belgrade, Coventry) talk to Suman Bhuchar about this bitter-sweet comedy, directed by Barry Kyle, and discuss current issues in the growth of South Asian theatre. Recorded in Coventry.

Kali Theatre Company celebrates 21 years of new writing

28 February 2011

in Asian Voices, New Writing, Playwrights

Asian Voices: Janet Steel, artistic director of Kali, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the touring company, which specialises in new writing by women from a South Asian background. She outlines Kali’s 21-year history, as well as current projects, such as Sonia Likhari’s Behna and Bettina Gracias’s Gandhi and Coconuts. Recorded at Kali.

The first British-Asian Hamlet makes the bard popular

ASIAN VOICES: DHARMESH PATEL The first British-Asian Hamlet talks to Suman Bhuchar about making his Shakespearean debut in the RSC’s 70-minute young people’s version of the play, which is touring Britain and will arrive at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in February. Recorded at the Roundhouse, where he is also playing in the RSC’s The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It.

Jatinder Verma discusses intercultural theatre

15 December 2010

in Asian Voices, International

ASIAN VOICES: JATINDER VERMA The founder and artistic director of Tara Arts gives a lecture entitled Intercultural Theatre as a Paradigm for European Modernity, part of the 4th Intercultural Practice Exchange: Interculturalism – Art and Policy, a collaboration between Border Crossings and the Platform for Intercultural Europe, held at Rose Bruford College.

Debate – what will the cuts mean for diversity in theatre? (2/2)

COALITION CUTS SPECIAL (2/2) Steven Luckie asks what the arts funding cuts might mean for black, Asian and other diverse theatrical cultures in the UK. His guests – Deborah Bestwick (Oval House Theatre), Patricia Cumper (Talawa), Tyrone Huggins (Sustained Theatre), and Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts) – continue by looking at the future of training and education.

Debate – what will the cuts mean for diversity in theatre? (1/2)

COALITION CUTS SPECIAL (1/2) Steven Luckie asks what the arts funding cuts might mean for black, Asian and other diverse theatrical cultures in the UK. His guests – Deborah Bestwick (Oval House Theatre), Patricia Cumper (Talawa), Tyrone Huggins (Sustained Theatre), and Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts) – begin by looking at the effects of funding reductions.

Actor, writer and comedian Meera Syal interviewed

ASIAN VOICES: MEERA SYAL The actor, writer and comedian talks to Suman Bhuchar about her role in Willy Russell’s 1986 classic Shirley Valentine (Trafalgar Studios), her film and writing career, and her advice to aspiring actors. Recorded in her dressing room, Trafalgar Studios.

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