Black Theatre Live



Jatinder Verma (Director) is co-founder and Artistic Director of Tara Arts. Most recently Jatinder directed the Just So opera for the Tête à Tête Festival. In 2009 he directed Hanif Kureishi's The Black Album for the National Theatre and a UK Tour. He first worked at the National in 1989, with an acclaimed version of Molière's Tartuffe. In 2012 he directed the Tara Arts Christmas pantomime, Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood and Alex Wheatle's Uprising which toured the UK. Most recently Jatinder directed Tara’s production of Moliere's Kanjoos The Miser on tour and The Domestic Crusaders written by Wajahat Ali.

Claudia Mayer  (Designer) trained with Percy Harris at Motley and has worked freelance in opera, ballet and theatre. Work for Tara Arts includes: Miranda, Marriage of Figaro, An Enemy of the People, The Merchant of Venice, Journey to the West (a trilogy), a Ramayana Odyssey, The Domestic Crusaders and two large- scale events in Trafalgar Square.

Paul Keogan (LIghting Designer) Recent theatre credits include: Blasted, Afterplay and Blue/Orange (The Crucible Sheffield);The Walworth Farce and Breaking Dad (Landmark Productions Ireland); Mistletoe & Crime and Mixed Marriage (Lyric Theatre,Belfast); A Streetcar Named Desire, The Misanthrope and Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse); Twelfth Night and Intemperance (Liverpool Everyman); Our Few and Evil Days, The Risen People and Drum Belly (Abbey Theatre, Dublin);  A Tale of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate, Northampton); The Epic Adventure of Nhamo, the Manika Warrior and his Sexy Wife Chipo (Tiata Fahodzi/TricycleTheatre); Molly Sweeney, A Streetcar named Desire, and The Birds (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Before it Rains (Sherman Cymru/Bristol Old Vic), Woyzeck and The Hairy Ape (Corcadora Theatre Company); Penelope and The Walworth Farce (Druid). Recent opera credits include: Maria de Buenos Aires (Cork Opera House); Don Quichotte,  I Puritani, Les dialogues des Carmelites, Eugene Onegin, Idomeneo and Pique Dame (Grange Park Opera); La Bohème and Wake (Nationale Reisopera, Netherlands); Therese La Navarraise/Christina, Regina Di Svezia, Snegurochka, Der Silbersee, Rusalka, Transformations, Penelope and Susannah (Wexford Opera Festival); The Makropulos Case, Un ballo in maschera and Derliegende Holländer (Opera Zuid, Netherlands); The Lighthouse (Montepulciano, Italy); The Queen of Spades, L¹elisir d¹amore, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Silver Tassie and Dead Man Walking (Opera Ireland) and Pierrot Lunaire (Almeida Opera). Recent Dance credits include: Cassandra and Hansel and Gretel, (Royal Ballet); No Man¹s Land (English National Ballet)

Hassan Mohyeddin (Music Composer) Hassan Mohyeddin is a tabla player, multi-percussianist and music producer. He trained for several years with tabla maestro, Ustad Lachhman Singh Seen at the Punjab School of Tabla. Hassan has a degree in music production and sound engineering from the London School of Sound. He has toured many countries, collaborating with artists. Among these are world renowned Kathak artist Nahid Siddiqui, acclaimed folk guitarist Martin Simpson, UK based percussion maestros Krishnamurti and Shahbaz Hussain, London bands Khiyo, Lokkhi Terra and The Popables, Pakistani musicians including Zeb & Haniya, Usman Riaz, Overload, Arieb Azhar, Laal and Ustad Mubarik Ali Khan.

Paul Bull (Sound Designer) provides sound and music  – and other technical - support for all types of live performance. In addition, he is a sound artist, composes electronic music and performs as a musician using no-input mixing techniques. Paul has a long history working with director Simon Usher. In 2014 he was sound designer on Chorale: A Same Shepard Roadshow (Presence Theatre tour) which comprised of Shepard’s The Holy Ghostly and The War in Heaven, along with The Animal (You), films, workshops and live performances by Herons!  Other recent shows with Simon include Ivy and Joan (The Print Room Balcony), The Complaint (Hampstead Downstairs), and Terms and Conditions (White Bear). Among other sound design credits, Paul has worked on the Bike Shed Theatre’stour of Bunnies (for short), Sons Without Fathers, Uncle Vanya and Palace of the End at the Arcola, and Blok/Eko for The Wrestling School at Exeter Northcott. Since 2000, Paul has been sound designer on many Edinburgh shows including Fringe First winners Lockerbie:Unfinished Business, An Instinct for Kindness and Somewhere Beneath It All A Small Fire Burns, Still. As a live sound engineer, Paul enjoys working with Camille O’Sullivan, The Segue Sisters, Mike Westbrook, The Pindrop Band, pianocircus, Exeter Contemporary Sounds, and Murray Lachlan Young.

Henriette Rietveld (Assistant Director) Henriëtte studied theatre studies  and anthropology and holds an MA in Theatre Direction from the UEA. She did a placement as assistant director at Tara Arts (Miranda, People's Romeo  and Gandhi in London) and interned with Johan Doesburg at Het Nationale Toneel (NL, Faust). Since, credits include spearheading the international physical theatre project home:scape (TNF, Tara Arts, Pro Progressione), and co-directing The Idealist (Odd Stumble) and Maria de Buenos Aires (Opera at Home). Most recently she assisted on Madame Bovary and Out There! for the So & So Arts Club.

Robert Mountford (Macbeth) trained at RADA. Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing (RSC and West End), Merchant of Venice (RSC, World Tour), The Black Album (NT/Tara Arts), The Tempest (Tara Arts and West End), Enemy of the People, Merchant of Venice, (Tara Arts), and UK Tours of Much Ado About Nothing (Byre, St. Andrews) Robert has extensively toured the United States in Shakespeare productions including Laertes in Hamlet, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and Jaques in As You like It. TV & film inclues: Robert’s professional debut was as regular Hussein Ali a pupil barrister in Channel Four’s award-winning drama North Square. Subsequent television appearances include Eastenders, Casualty, and Doctors. (All BBC) Most recently he has filmed episodes of Silent Witness and Holby City for the BBC.
Shaheen Khan (Lady Macbeth) trained with Tara Arts. Theatre includes: Free Outgoing (Royal Court Theatre), Rafta Rafta (National Theatre), Strictly Dandy (Lyric Hammersmith), Midnight’s Children (RSC), A Tainted Dawn (Tamasha),The Little Clay Cart (Tara Arts), Chili In Your Eyes (Tara Arts), Meet Me (Tara Arts). TV & film includes: Casualty, The Bill, Holby City,, Tandoori Nights, Rafta Rafta, Bend it like Beckham, Tomorrow Never Dies, Hollow Reed, Bhaji on the Beach, Sammy and Rosie get Laid and Partition.
Mitesh Soni (Banquo / Sergeant / Seyton / Chorus) with the Guildford School of Acting. Theatre includes: Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre), Arabian Nights (Manchester Library Theatre), Peter Pan (New Vic Stoke), Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon/New Vic Stoke), The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company UK Tour), Beeny in Cloud Pictures (Polka Theatre) and Lord of the Flies (Pilot Theatre UK Tour) TV & film includesReign of The General (film), Syriana (film), Ghost of Life (film), Nine Lives London (film), Alpha Mayall (Film) and Lost Night (film). Run (TV), Threesome (TV) and The Canterbury Tales (TV)
Ralph Birtwell (Duncan / First Witch / Murderer / Doctor / Chorus) trained at Lamda. Theatre includes: The Man of Mode, Market Boy (NT) East is East (Leicester Haymarket), Richard iii (RSC), Romeo & Juliet (RSC), Bombay Dreams and The Far Pavilions. TV includes: Coronation Street, Doctors, Law & Order.
Deven Modha (Malcolm / Second Witch / Fleance / Macduff's son / Chorus) trained at the Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre includes: Kanjoos- The Miser (UK Tour, Tara Arts), Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood (Tara Arts), Enig-Mas and Robi's Garden (both at Rich Mix), XY (Theatre 503), Mercury Fur (Trafalgar Studios), My Tram Experience (Tamasha Developing Artists)  Film includes: Shoot Me (Palladio Film), Against the Norm (Dynamiq Films)
Shalini Peiris ((Lady Macduff / Messenger / Servent / Attendent / Gentlewoman / Porter / Chorus trained at Arts Ed London. Theatre includes: Little Stitches (BARE Truth Theatre Co.), Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre), Kabaddi Kabaddi (Pursued by a Bear/Kali Th.), The Snow Queen (Trestle Th. India tour), The Arrival (Tamasha: workshop prodn), The Usual Auntijies (Belgrade Th. Coventry), The House of Bilquis Bibi (Tamasha Th./Hamstead Th. & national tour), Lotus Beauty & Zindabad (Tamasha Th./Gate Th.) TV & film includes: Streets in the Sky (I.P Films-shortlisted for BFI’s 2013 ‘Best of Boroughs’ showcase), It’s Not A Game (Keep It Moving Productions), Ayesha (Bend It Films)
Umar Pasha (Macduff / Murderer / Chorus) trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Theatre whilst still training: A Lie of the Mind, Twelfth Night, Tartuffe and Eight. Since graduating: Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre)

John Afzal (Ross / Third Witch / Murderer / Chorus) trained at Bretton Hall. Theatre includes: East is East (Pilot Theatre), Merlin and the Enchanted Mirror (Lawrence Batley Theatre), The Garden of Dreams (Live Theatre), Still Alive (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Conference of the Birds (Faceless Theatre), MFMC (Bristol Old Vic), Not in my Name (Theatre Veritae), Hearts and Minds (Khayaal Theatre), The Nativity and The Passion (In Yer Face), Sonya’s Garden (M6 Theatre) and Beneath the Banyan Tree (Theatre Hullabaloo). TV & film includes: Hugo Funderburk, A Bunch of Idiots, Awake, Crimewatch UK Solved and The Queens Return.

Rax Timyr (Percussion) Rax is a British record producer, multi-instrumentalist, beat-boxer and songwriter. With his own production company Rax Timyr Productions (RTP), his work has been nominated at the 2012 Asian Music Awards. Rax’s original piece ‘Meri Maa – Vande Mataram’ featuring vocalists Kishan Amin and Ambika Jois was scouted by Saregama India and signed for a worldwide online release to commemorate India’s 66th Independence Day (15th Aug 2013). Rax performed at the London Mela, accompanying world renowned Bollywood’s singing sensation Harshdeep Kaur on live drums.