Jatinder Verma is co-founder and Artistic Director of Tara Arts, a London-based theatre company. His recent work for the National Theatre (UK) was the critically acclaimed stage-adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s novel, The Black Album.
This talk reflects on multiculturalism in British Theatre from 1976 to 2009 via the experiences of Tara Arts. Verma asks if multiculturalism on stage is an instance of a theatre that invesitgates the cultural ‘roots’ of its performers and audiences or instead is it a means of discovering different ‘routes’ that modern theatre can take when approaching the challenges of artistic composition.
For the past three decades Tara Arts has been a fore-runner in cross-cultural theatre in the UK. During a time of great social and ethnic strife, Tara has had a unique position in witnessing (and shaping) the changing relationship of artists of diverse ethnic and cultural locations and the mainstream British Theatre community.
Saturday January 9th, 2010, 5pm-7pm
The Canadian Stage Company Rehearsal Hall
26 Berkley Street
Hosted by Ravi Jain