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Tamasha in collaboration with The National Archives and supported by The Friends of The National Archives

Loyalty & Dissent – A Tamasha Scratch Night

Friday 31 March
Venue 1
From £8.00
to £10.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

In a nutshell

An evening of bold new theatre and new writing from Tamasha playwrights inspired by The National Archives documents relating to the First World War.

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The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government housing over 1,000 years of iconic national documents. Since October 2016, five Tamasha playwrights have spent time at The National Archives engaging with a range of documents relating to the experience of people from South Asia (including modern day India and Pakistan) in and around the time of the First World War.

The immensely rich material includes reports about suspected ‘seditionists’ agitating for independence, accounts of South Asian soldiers fighting for the British Empire, materials from spies across the Empire, military intelligence reports, war diaries and reports from hospitals, including from the iconic hospital at Brighton Pavilion set up for injured Indian servicemen.

Five new short plays have been commissioned in response to this little known treasure of material, each giving a unique insight into this largely hidden heritage.  The performances will bring to life diverse voices from Britain’s history and explore the tension between loyalty and dissent to an all-powerful British Imperial State.

Join Tamasha at this unique scratch event, including a post-show Q&A with Iqbal Husain, from The National Archives’ outreach team.

What to Expect

Actors from the Tamasha Developing Artists will perform script-in-hand readings of new work from Tamasha’s Playwrights. They will also take part in an audience-led Q&A about the process along with the writers, director and industry panel.

Who's Involved


Tamasha is Britain’s foremost touring theatre company producing new plays inspired by the diversity of a globalised world. Its work places the voices of emerging and established artists from culturally diverse backgrounds centre-stage.

Its approach is boldly investigative and located along ‘cultural fault lines’, leading the debate around the meeting points and multiple narratives of contemporary Britain and beyond. Successes like East is East, Snookered and The Arrival have won acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

The National Archives

The National Archives is the official archives and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. It works to bring together and secure the future of the public record, both digital and physical, for future generations.                         

What people are saying

'I love the Tamasha scratch nights. Always interesting, challenging, great way for artists to try stuff out.'

'Meaningful, universal, engaging, worthwhile.'

'Really good event. I am a writer, just starting off and it was a fantastic experience to be able to witness (rather than just read) and contribute to ‘work in progress’ – thanks for the opportunity.'

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix is a hub for artists with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. Its focus on bringing different communities together coincides with Tamasha’s vision. Together we can provide more access to the arts for diverse artists and audiences.'

Find out more

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Twitter: @tamashatheatre / @UkNatArchives

Facebook: /tamashatheatre / /TheNationalArchives

Things you should know

Suitable for ages 14+

Latecomers welcome between performances.

This event is wheelchair accessible.