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ABOUT US

SHADES is an organisation for South Asian* creatives in the U.K which aims to create and promote work within the community to reach a wider audience. We campaign for better representation across the board whether you are a budding designer, a seasoned bass guitarist, the next Ben Kingsley, or a boss ass stage manager, you are welcome to join.

SHADES is the brainchild of Karen Mann and Alexandra D'Sa, both British Indian actresses working in the U.K. 

*If you work in the Arts, and identify with the South Asian community in any way, we welcome you to into the fold! As well as, of course, our allies.

Lobbying

  • A mouthpiece for South Asian creatives and issues in the Arts affecting the South Asian community

  • Pushing for more representation in the arts, from university/arts schools to production houses

  • Driving accessibility to creative subjects in primary, secondary and higher education

Networking

  • Speaker events

  • Skills sessions (writing/auditions etc.)

  • Bi-monthly meetups

  • Scratch & Open Mic nights

Bursaries & Schemes

  • Space for workshops/rehearsals/performances

  • Mentor/buddy scheme

  • Funding for projects

  • Competitions for tickets to shows/gigs/events

 

WHAT THE DESI ARE THEY UP TO?

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BREXIT-A RATIONAL ANTHEM FOR A NATIONAL TANTRUM

NITIN SAWHNEY

Barbican, 23rd Feb

In this new commission British Indian musician Sawhney considers the state of the nation, focusing on all of its modern day characteristics of multi-culturalism, diversity and openness. Using his findings from a tour of UK towns and cities, Sawhney will showcase a new anthem that looks away from the past and truly reflects our current society – both in its lyrics and music.

 
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CUT THE BAKWAAS

VARIOUS

Lyric Hammersmith, 8th March

Join us to converse in an evening of music, performances, and good vibes to unify the masses. Stories will be shared through multidisciplinary artworks, performances led by British Asian women.

 
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Om SHANTI FUCK/DOLL FACE

NATASHA CHANDRA/Karen Mann

Arcola Theatre 16th March, Battersea Arts Centre, 9-11th April, Camden Peoples Theatre 16th June

A double bill of two powerful South Asian female-led pieces examining sex, periods, abortion and the “good Indian girl”, this compendium reflects on culture, society and feminism in British-Indian culture and the challenges South Asian women face.

 
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IT’s in your nature to destroy yourself

NISH KUMAR

Various, 2019

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a national tour of the UK. The title is a quote from Terminator 2.

 
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Hobson’s choice

TANIKA GUPTA

The Royal Exchange Theatre, 31 May 2019-6 July

‘It’s a man’s world and you girls should keep within your boundaries and do as you’re told’

 
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WHITE PEARL

ANCHULI FELICIA KING

Royal Court, Sloane Square, 10 May - 15 Jun

An international PR nightmare; the company cannot be seen to be racist, they’ve got to get it taken down before America wakes up.

 
 

our patrons

SHAMIM SARIF     Writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and film director.    Her new book,  The Athena Protocol , is an all-female contemporary action thriller that will be released by Harper Collins in September 2019 as the first in a series. The book is represented by CAA for book to film rights.  Shamim’s most recent feature as writer/director is   Despite the Falling Snow  , which released in the US in March 2017. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance and is based on her acclaimed second novel set in Cold War Moscow, published by St Martin’s Press and Hodder. The movie has garnered 13 awards to date.  Her first feature film as writer/director ,    ‘I Can’t Think Straight’   won 11 awards. Her follow up movie   ‘The World Unseen’   based on her award-winning book, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering 23 awards internationally. Her third film, a documentary called ‘The House of Tomorrow’, was shot on location in Jerusalem.  Shamim’s next TV and film project is  Polarized ; a love story between two women from very different sides of post-Trump America. She is also adapting the screenplay for  The Athena Protocol .  An  accomplished speaker , Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.  Apart from her awards for films and books, Shamim is the recipient of several other accolades including the Variety Catherine award in 2017.

SHAMIM SARIF

Writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and film director.

Her new book, The Athena Protocol, is an all-female contemporary action thriller that will be released by Harper Collins in September 2019 as the first in a series. The book is represented by CAA for book to film rights.

Shamim’s most recent feature as writer/director is Despite the Falling Snow, which released in the US in March 2017. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance and is based on her acclaimed second novel set in Cold War Moscow, published by St Martin’s Press and Hodder. The movie has garnered 13 awards to date.

Her first feature film as writer/director, ‘I Can’t Think Straight’ won 11 awards. Her follow up movie ‘The World Unseen’ based on her award-winning book, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering 23 awards internationally. Her third film, a documentary called ‘The House of Tomorrow’, was shot on location in Jerusalem.

Shamim’s next TV and film project is Polarized; a love story between two women from very different sides of post-Trump America. She is also adapting the screenplay for The Athena Protocol.

An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.

Apart from her awards for films and books, Shamim is the recipient of several other accolades including the Variety Catherine award in 2017.

 

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