English National Opera at Tara Theatre

Thu 6 October, 7.30pm
Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, SW18 4ES

Tara Theatre creates innovative, politically charged theatre, exploring the complexities of our world through a South Asian lens.

Join Abdul Shayek (Tara Theatre Artistic Director), Martin Fitzpatrick (ENO Head of Music) and Andrew Given (ENO Director of Development) for an evening of arias from both famous and lesser-known operas.

We question the historic imperial perspective, the ideas of diversity and the challenge of an artform which inherently was written by white men.

A night of beautiful music, provocation and exploration of how we create change and reimagine existing work. The evening will be hosted by the award winning musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney and will feature music performed by the singers Amar Muchhala, Bethany Horak-Hallett, George von Bergen and Elizabeth Karani.

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Abdul Shayek

Artistic Director and Joint CEO, Tara Theatre

Nitin Sawhney OBE

Award-winning musician and composer

Tara Theatre

356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES

Tara was founded in 1977 by a group of young Wandsworth residents, the company’s first Artistic Director, Jatinder Verma, along with Sunil Saggar, Ovais Kadri, Praveen Bahl and Vijay Shaunak. It was launched as a direct response to the racist murder of 17-year-old Gurdip Singh Chaggar.

Over four decades, Tara has nurtured and supported Asian performers, writers, directors, musicians and choreographers. It has taken its message around the UK and abroad, including tours to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada, Egypt, Spain and Italy.

In its early years, Tara embraced politics and activism, promoting social change and making imaginative connections across cultures through theatre. In the wake of recent events, this radical discourse is needed more than ever, so is returning unapologetically to its DNA. To this day, Tara isthe only theatre focusing exclusively on South Asian artists and stories.

How to get there

By train

Tara Theatre is just 10 minutes from Waterloo station.
The nearest train station, Earlsfield Station, is across the street from the theatre.
SouthWestern trains are available every 5 minutes from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction and Wimbledon

By bus

Local bus routes include 44, 77 and 270.

By bicycle

Bike racks are located on Garratt Lane directly opposite the theatre.

By car

Limited parking is available from 4.30pm on Thornsett Road, first on the left after Tara Theatre.
Accessible parking is available on Magdalen Road, near the junctions with Garratt Lane and Tranmere Road.

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Tickets are £25 each, including light refreshments.

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