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Events – The Rehearsal Room Presents

The Rehearsal Room Presents is an event with the same ethos as this blog: a hosted, salon-style night of theatre featuring a combination of rehearsed readings of brand new work (including some of mine), live music, interviews and performances from special guests. I hope it’ll be just like Saturday morning telly used to be back when it was good…just on stage.

It’s back! The fourth Rehearsal Room Presents, Monday March 13th, 7pm, The Islington, London N1 0XT. Tickets £8/£10

Theatre, chat and live music – Broadcaster and writer Yasmeen Khan hosts a salon style cosy and intimate way to see brand new plays from new and emerging voices alongside chat and performance from established talent.

‘Provenance’ by Jonathan Skinner. Ellie desperately needs a helping hand, a guiding light. But what if that someone is from a totally different world? A sharp-eyed look at how where we come from can determine where we journey to…

Cast: Henry Everett – Patrick , Sadie Pepperrell – Ellie. Directed by Jen Tan 

‘Dissected’ by Rabiah Hussian. Two young female Muslim pathologists, one body, one big clash of science and religion. Bones and belief come under the microscope in this examination of the intersection of faith and forensics.

Cast: Tahira Dar  - Sabrina, Gurkiran Kaur – Nadia. Directed by Chloe France 

Special guest broadcaster and writer Jon Holmes, will be in conversation with Yasmeen about his book ‘A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man’ Jon is an eight-time Sony radio award-winning and double BAFTA-winning British writer, comedian and broadcaster. Formerly of Radio 4′s The Now Show, he’s presented shows on BBC 6Music, Radio 1, Radio 2, BBC 5Live and XFM Breakfast Show where he was nominated for Presenter of the Year. He currently hosts 1pm-4pm every weekday on talkRADIO.

Live music in the form of transcendental blues and folk from brilliant Ajay Srivastav. A musician with over a 15 years experience in the industry, Ajay has had chart success in two continents, toured the world and worked with legends. Ajay’s journey has taken him from Blues to Funk, to Asian Underground, to World Music, to Hindi-pop, to musical theatre, to Bollywood and soul.

Monday 13th March, 7pm. Tickets


September 2014

The third Rehearsal Room Presents is happening on Saturday September 20th at RichMix in Shoreditch, London. Line-up includes two new plays, Punjabi Boy by Amman Paul Singh Brar and Shoreditch Bitch, by Yasmeen Khan. Punjabi Boy takes a look at the journey of a young British Asian man from private school to middle age, looking at how his reactions to prejudice shape his life. Shoreditch Bitch is a comedy about our love-hate relationship with retail – what happens when hispters, shopping and traditional communities are fighting for space in East London? Live music from special guest guitarist Aziz Ibrahim, ex-Stone Roses, Simply Red and songwriter for Paul Weller, Ian Brown and many others.  Tickets are £8 (£6 concs.) Full info and tickets:


April 2014

News! The second Rehearsal Room Presents will be on Wednesday May 21st at The Pleasance, Islington.  Line up includes a Q&A with special guest John Yorke, ex Controller of BBC Drama, current MD of Company Pictures and author of best-selling screen-writing book, Into The Woods. Live music will come from hotly-tipped electronic duo Moonrags.  The two play readings will include Commercial Broke, a comedy by Yasmeen about three actors waiting to be auditioned for a beer commercial – will diversity and advertising make for a good cocktail?  The second reading featured will be Porcelain Dolls, by Yasmin Whittaker-Khan (no relation, but a tad confusing…), writer of critically acclaimed play, Bells. Porcelain Dolls is a taut drama set in Pakistan’s eunuch community.

The Rehearsal Room Presents puts the audience at the heart of the evening – each reading will be followed by a short Q&A where you get to give your feedback and also discuss the issues raised in each piece; a theatrical question time over drinks and nibbles. Tickets are £8 (£6 concs.) and are on sale now! Book here:

The Rehearsal Room Presents is an evening where writers and performers from ethnic minority backgrounds will be heard alongside mainstream voices and where emerging voices will mingle with established ones. Based on the ethos of this blog,the evening aims to be an inspiring and interactive evening of entertainment, combining bite-sized pieces of performance together with music and conversation.



Our first event will be on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19th, 7.30pm, at TARA ARTS, EARLSFIELD, LONDON. The two new readings will be ‘Actually, Love’, a comedy by me about a bitter actor stuck on the film-set of a rom com, and an extract of ‘Pawn’ by Melody Bridges, a drama exploring the impact of porn on a middle class family. There will also be plus live music from the lovely acoustic/electronic folk duo Chains – check out their Q&A here

To read more about me, see my website here and see the ‘about’ tab above. But let me tell you more about the other writer who will be debuting some new work on the night. Melody Bridges is an actress and television director. She made three factual television series in London before moving to New York to study to become a film director. Her comedy-drama about motherhood, ‘Push!’, was recently performed at Stratford East as part of the Angelic Tales new writing season and she has had a further five productions performed at various festivals in 2013.

The Rehearsal Room Presents puts the audience at the heart of the evening – each reading will be followed by a short Q&A where you get to give your feedback and also discuss the issues raised in each piece; a theatrical question time over drinks and nibbles.

Tickets and info: The Rehearsal Room Presents, Tuesday 19th November, Tara Arts, 7.30pm Tickets £8 (£6 concessions) Box Office 020 8333 4457 or book online

Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW18 4ES. Directly opposite Earlsfield station, short overground journey from Waterloo/Vauxhall/Clapham Junction

I look forward to seeing you there!