Introducing Tara Arts…
Tara Arts mission is to entertain and inspire diverse audiences, artists and participants within our immediate locality and beyond. Our work primarily focuses on classical Indian texts and the response of contemporary writers to these in relation to the world they inhabit. Our work challenges notions of cultural authenticity to achieve empathetic participation, where diversity is an expression of human connection rather than separation.
Our Change Creation Plan
Over the next four years Tara Arts artistic programme will go through a systematic phasing of ambition with the newly renovated Tara Theatre at the heart of this change, to enable the organisation to embrace the new space without losing its identify as a producing company.
To do this Tara will create a coherent artistic programme based on the inspirational, engaging and educative stories that make up the world’s longest epic, The Mahabharata – linking performance outputs with participatory activities and on-going Research and Development. Story after story touches upon pressing contemporary concerns – race, gender, personal and political duty, radicalisation, greed, compassion – providing a perfect fit for the luminous new Tara Theatre.
Tara has divided the epic into four parts: Games of Love and Chance, Wheel of Fortune, Exile, and Renewal. The culmination of each year’s activity will be a response play to one of the four parts. In this manner, over the course of four years, the epic will provide the company a year-on-year template for storytelling, for consistent Research and Development on theatre praxis, and for developing the relationships we seek to expand both our impact and our reach.
To meet the challenges of this new business model, the organisation has identified the base needed: shifting to a broadly curatorial role while maintaining a strong sense of mission and purpose and aggressively exploiting our intellectual and physical resources.
To lead and manage this process of change, Tara aims to expand the organisation’s Board, strengthen the senior management team with the appointment of an Exectuive Director and recruit vital key personnel, increase commerial trading activity, invest in research and development, and invest in digital technology.
Jatinder Verma, MBE
Jatinder was awarded an MBE for ‘Tara Arts and services to diversity in the arts’ in 2017, and is one of the co-founders of Tara. He directed Tara’s inaugural show – an adaptation of Tagore’s Sacrifice at Battersea Arts Centre in August 1977. In 1989, he became the first Asian or Black to direct at the National Theatre, with his own adaptation of Moliere’s Tartuffe. Jatinder has also contributed a variety of published essays on theatre, as well as presented a range of programmes for radio and TV.
Laurie has been working in Great Yarmouth for the last 10 years developing one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts festivals. Starting as an intern at the organisation and developing her role as Creative Learning Office to Creative Producer. She has played a vital role in the organisations steady upward trajectory to becoming a highly respected regional arts development organisation, Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and sector leaders in international collaboration, delivering outstanding circus and outdoor arts events across the country. Now as the newly appointed Executive Director at Tara Arts she will be responsible for driving the organisations Change Programme forward.