SOAS University of London

History of South Asian theatre in UK exhibited at SOAS

24 April 2014

A collection of photographs displaying key figures in the establishment and development of South Asian theatre in the UK will be exhibited at SOAS, University of London’s Wolfson Gallery from this month.

‘British South Asian Theatre Memories’ opens on 24 April until 9 May and is hosted by SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies in conjunction with Asian Performing Arts Forum and Avaes Mohammad, and with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A series of interviews and videos collecting memories and comments from 32 theatre practitioners offer a window into the complexity of their work. The stories cover a breadth of diversity where the term ‘British South Asian’ does not cover the full extent of their experiences.

The establishment of Tara Arts in 1976 marks the beginning of the period the interviews cover, right up to the beginning of 2014. They are not meant to be an exhaustive set of memories, but serve more as an introduction into the fascinating range of work that has been pioneered and developed in the history of British theatre.

A screenings of selected interviews and a roundtable discussion will also take place on 28 April to mark the opening of the exhibition. Chaired by Dr Parvathi Raman, panellists include Dr Avanthi Meduri (APAF), Dr. Stacey Prickett (Roehampton), Dr Anne David (Roehampton), Suman Bhuchar, Avaes Mohammad and Madani Younis, followed by drinks will take place on 28 April. Registration is required, email

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Visit the ‘British South Asian Theatre Memories’ webpage for more information.