The selected artists of the Naseem Khan Commissions, an ambitious new initiative to support artists of colour from Curve, The Lowry and Bristol Old Vic theatres have today been announced.
Selected by the three theatres, the chosen artists are Trina Haldar, Founder and Artistic Director of Mashi Theatre, Tribe Arts a radical-political theatre company and Madeline Shann, a theatre maker, choreographer, writer and performer. The programme will give the artists support, rehearsal space and programmed slots for the presentation of work across the network of partner theatres.
Mashi Theatre aims to create culturally diverse and engaging work, particularly for young people. Speaking about being selected, Trina Haldar said:
“I was moved to action, hearing Naseem Khan speak at the 40th anniversary of The Art That Britain Ignores, so what a pleasure it is to be granted this commission in her name. As a fellow woman of colour, with bold ideas and fire in my belly, I am inspired by all that Naseem did and I am thrilled to be starting the development of this particular story in her honour.”