This is a selected list of a selection of plays, videos, archives, and academic publications for further reference. There are also many useful articles by practitioners available on the internet.


Bhatti, Gurpreet Kaur, Behzti (London: Oberon, 2004)

Bhatti, Gurpreet Kaur, Behsharam (London: Oberon, 2001)

Ahmad, Rukhsana, Mistaken… Annie Besant in India (Aurora Metro Books, 2007)

George, Kadija, ed, Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers (London: Aurora Metro Press, 1993)

Khan-Din, Ayub, East is East (London, Nick Hern, 1997)

Kureishi, Hanif, Plays 1 (including Borderline), (Faber, 1999)

Parv Bancil et al, Black and Asian Plays (Aurora Metro Books, 2000)

Hear Me Now, a collection of audition monologues for actors of colour, produced by Tamasha Theatre and Tirilola Dawudu (Oberon Books, 2018)

Tamasha Theatre Company has published versions of most of its productions’ scripts.

Video Interviews

‘British South Asian Theatre Memories’: a series of video interviews of key figures in the history of British South Asian theatre, by FIPAarts. Playlist available:


SADAA (South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive):

V&A Theatre and Performance Collections:

The National Archives:

Theatre companies including Tara, Tamasha, and Rifco hold archives in their offices.

The National Theatre in London contains archives of Tara Arts residencies, and material relating to other British South Asian productions.

Academic books and articles:

Chambers, Colin, Black and Asian Theatre in Britain: A History (London: Routledge, 2011)

Daboo, Jerri, Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre (Oxford: Routledge, 2018)

Daboo, Jerri, ‘One Under the Sun: Globalization, Culture and Utopia in Bombay Dreams’, Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 15, no. 3, 2005, 330-337

Davis, Geoffrey, and Anne Fuchs, Staging New Britain: Aspects of Black and South Asian British Theatre Practice (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2006)

Godiwala, Dimple, ed, Alternatives Within The Mainstream: British Black and Asian Theatres (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006)

Griffin, Gabriele, Contemporary Black and Asian Women Playwrights in Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Hingorani, Dominic, ‘Ethnicity and Actor Training: a British Asian actor prepares’, in South Asian Popular Culture, special issue on British South Asian Theatres and the Global Diaspora, Vol 7, no 3, 2009

Hingorani, Dominic, British Asian Theatre: dramaturgy, process and performance (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2010)

Ley, Graham and Dadswell, Sarah, eds, British South Asian Theatres: A Documented History, (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2011)

Ley, Graham and Dadswell, Sarah, eds, Critical Essays on British South Asian Theatre (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2011)

Ley, Graham, ‘Theatre of Migration and the Search for a Multicultural Aesthetic: Twenty Years of Tara Arts’, in NTQ, 52, (1997), pp 349-71.

Ley, Graham, ‘Composing a History: Problematics of the British Asian Research Project at Exeter’, Studies in Theatre and Performance 30.2 (2010), 225-232

Ley, Graham, ‘Diaspora Space, the Regions, and British Asian Theatre’, New Theatre Quarterly 107 (2011), 215-28

Ley, Graham,  ‘Women in British Asian Theatre’, a chapter in Arya Madhavan (ed.), Women in Asian Performance: Aesthetics and Politics. Abingdon: Routledge, 2017, 187-98

Journal of South Asian Popular Culture, special issue on British South Asian Theatres and the Global Diaspora, Vol 7, no 3, 2009

Verma, Jatinder, A range of articles by Verma available through the Tara Arts website, eg The Binglish Imperative (1996),