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Founded in 1977, Tara Arts tours vibrant adaptations of European and Asian classics. Through the 1980s the company developed its distinctive, "Einglish" style of theatre, drawing on an eclectic mix of traditional Asian performace techniques and applying them to the European canon. This exploration culminated in co-productions with the National Theatre of Tartuffe (1990), The Little Clay Cart (1991), Cyrano (1995). In the late 1990s, the company developed a trilogy of plays - Journey to the West (2002); this epic production told the story of forced migration through the eyes of those who had lived it. Their most recent production is The Tempest.
Jatinder Verma, founding member and artistic director of Tara Arts, is one of the pioneers of British Asian theatre. In addition to his directorial work, his articles and interviews have contributed to the study of Asian performance in Britain and abroad. He will discuss the developement of this unique inter-cultural theatre.
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8th May 2008