New Directions: Jatinder Verma and Tara Arts
This chapter concentrates on the cross-cultural work of theatre director Jatinder Verma, whose theatre company Tara Arts was founded in the 1970s to ‘achieve presence’ in the midst of the strife embodied in the London race riots. Born in Tanzania to parents who had emigrated from India, his family lived in Kenya before moving to the UK in the late 1960s. Verma’s work exemplifies the syncretic theatre that can do so much to decolonize the stage. His Ramayan Odyssey, as well as his Tempest and Oedipus the King, all work towards this, exploring the position and contested identity of the migrant. Verma’s own words, drawn from an interview conducted by the author, form an illuminating basis of the chapter.
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