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?
The Curve, Leicester, 28-30 March
Set in Northern England in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, Approaching Empty is a razor-sharp new drama by award-winning playwright Ishy Din (Curve’s Wipers, Best Stage Production at Asian Media Awards; Snookered, Best New Play at Manchester Theatre Awards), which lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial generation of British men.
DISMANTLE THIS ROOM
MILLI BHATIA, INGRID MARVIN, NINA SEGAL
Royal Court Theatre, 6-27th April
Stage a violent revolution. Take them down from the inside. Blow the whistle. Or tear it all up and start again.
Dismantle This Room is an immersive escape-the-room experience that asks the questions: how can we dismantle existing power structures? And what can we build in their place?
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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