Formed in 2003, Nutkhut exists to fulfil the creative vision of Simmy Gupta and Ajay Chhabra

As an ideas-led, art focused performance company, we create work mixing performance, dance, film, participation and a distinctly British comedic sensibility and eccentricity. Nutkhut has been delighting audiences for over 10 years. We are a major presence in the outdoor performing arts sector, and work regularly with festivals and events across the UK and beyond.

Nutkhut is led by two British Asian artists, Simmy Gupta and Ajay Chhabra. The company is unique as it draws inspiration from the Artistic Directors’ backgrounds and mixes it with a very British sense of humour and mischief. Nutkhut is highly representative of modern Britain. We create work which could only have come from the here and now.


Nutkhut’s mission is to bring to life awe-inspiring stories of the British South-Asian experience, through joyous and playful world-class performances and installations.

A London-based performing arts company led by co-Artistic Directors Ajay Chhabra and Simmy Gupta, Nutkhut has been working extensively around the UK and abroad since 2003. Nutkhut produces high quality cross-disciplinary work for site-specific contexts, with a particular focus on creating commissioned work for the outdoor sector and tours regularly to festivals, melas and special events.

Nutkhut productions encompass live performance, dance, installation, music, circus, film and digital design.

Nutkhut productions encompass live performance, dance, installation, music, circus, film and digital design.

Often inspired by historical people and places, Nutkhut’s productions are designed to encourage public participation and interaction. Nutkhut tells universal stories that lift the spirit, bringing people together to celebrate a shared experience with a truly mischievous and distinctly British eccentricity.

Supported by a dynamic and diverse team of associate artists, producers and managers, Nutkhut is dedicated to life-long learning and talent development, designing and delivering opportunities for young people in formal and non-formal settings, with educational bodies as strategic partners and by supporting emerging artists and producers to grow. Nutkhut also deliver public talks and presentations across the creative and cultural industries as a way of sharing best practice in interdisciplinary and intercultural work.

Nutkhut is unique in its accessibility, its humour and joyfulness, delighting audiences across the UK and contributing to the development of the outdoor sector in modern Britain since 2003.

Core Team

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Simmy Gupta

Artistic Director & Co-Founder

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Ajay Chhabra

Artistic Director & Co Founder

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Emma Dyos

General Manager

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Ellie Newland

Learning and Engagement Manager

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Associate Artists


Sba Shaikh

Creative Artist

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Bhagya Lakshmi

Dancer and Choreographer

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Swifty Beats

DJ and music producer

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Hayley Madden

Associate Photographer

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Tarik Ahmet

Associate Photographer

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Bonny John

Filmmaker and Creative Project Manager

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Ashitee Desai

Social Media Marketeer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Nutkhut means mischievous in Sanskrit. We feel that ‘mischief’ is the perfect word to summarise the kind of work we make and the way we present it to our audiences.

Nutkhut is pronounced ‘nut-cut’.

For all booking enquiries please email connect@nutkhut.co.uk or you can call on +44 (0) 7958 454 232.

We work with a core pool of performers, however this pool is often expanding! If you’re interested, please send over a headshot, CV and showreel to connect@nutkhut.co.uk and we’ll get in touch when we’re looking.

Sign up to Nutkhut News at the bottom of this page. Take a look at our list of upcoming events and news here.

Nutkhut is a not-for-profit performing arts company and with a determination to create high-quality performance for a wide and diverse audience, often for free. Take a look here to find out more about the different ways you can support us or email connect@nutkhut.co.uk if you’d like to talk to us directly.

We create work that brings together theatre, fashion, dance, film, circus and installation and mix them with a heady dose of mischief. We work mainly outdoors but indoors when our ideas take us there.

We’ve performed our work all over the world – from China to Norway.

Great! We occasionally run masterclasses in dance, comedy, performance and circus skills. Details of these can be found on our upcoming events page here or . We are also available for corporate and private hire – if interested please email connect@nutkhut.co.uk.