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.
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
Skills sessions (writing/auditions etc.)
Scratch & Open Mic nights
Bursaries & Schemes
Space for workshops/rehearsals/performances
Funding for projects
Competitions for tickets to shows/gigs/events
WHAT THE DESI ARE THEY UP TO?
BREXIT-A RATIONAL ANTHEM FOR A NATIONAL TANTRUM
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.
CUT THE BAKWAAS
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.
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.
IT’s in your nature to destroy yourself
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.
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’
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.
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