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Nutkhut is looking for two exceptional performers to take part in a paid two week R&D for our new family show,

The Princess and the Chickpea.

We are looking to develop the show in collaboration with selected performers over two weeks with a sharing at the end.


Audition 20th or 25th July 2017 TBC. Please indicate your availability for both of these dates.

R&D 18th-29th September (inclusive) 2017 TBC All applicants must be available for the full two weeks. We are looking for:

One female dancer / performer

The role will include playing Princesses from around the world as well as other parts that will be developed over the R&D period.

We are seeking people at a high level in:

Kathak Dance

Balinese Dance

And a secondary skill in at least one of the disciplines below:

  • Other South Asian dance (e.g. Bharatanatyam / Bhangra / Kuchipudi etc.)
  • Flamenco
  • Tumbling
  • Kathak
  • Balinese Dance

The Prince

For this role we are looking for a performer at a high level in Kathak dance who is open to working with comedy. The suitable candidate would ideally also have a secondary skill in one of the following disciplines:

  • Acting
  • Physical Theatre

We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage submissions from all backgrounds.

To apply please send a CV, headshot and video links of your work with “Princess & the Chickpea Auditions” in the subject line to:

Deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 12th July 2017

We are only able to reply to shortlisted applicants who will be notified by Friday 14th July. Any questions, please email

We look forward to hearing from you!

We are proud to announce that our 2017 Mela Parternship show, 'Zamana' will feature as part of Bradford Illuminate this October. Following a successful national tour to festivals in Birmingham, Luton, Tunbridge Wells, London and Manchester, this is our first night time show for 'Zamana' and will feature in the award winning City Park.

13 and 14 Otober 2017 - 8.15pm Friday & Saturday, City Park, BD1 1HY, Bradford

The success of 'Zamana' this summer has been largely due to local dance groups and dance instructors - we are proud to be working with Laura Liddon, who is the Dance for Life Coordinator in the Sport & Leisure Service for Bradford City Council.

This breath-taking new show by award-winning British arts companies, Nutkhut and The Dream Engine, features a stunning aerialist and dynamic dance.

Working to Nutkhut choreographer Manuela Benini's movement, Laura has brought together a diverse group of 23 young men and women from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh backgrounds, who range from 9 - 29 - many of of whom have never danced in public before. This is the first time this group has come together, so we are very excited to be part of the development of both Laura and members of the group.

The show runs for 20 mins and is repeated on each day - For location, date and times, please click here


Casting Call

The Emperor’s Lost Gem

The Emperors Lost Gem is Nutkhut’s immersive theatrical experience on the streets of Luton, which dissolves the boundaries between audience and performance.

A magical promenade for schools, families, children and adults along Bury Park’s High Street. This bespoke production includes shadow puppetry, interactive story-telling/poetry, a short traditional Kathak dance workshop and craft workshop

Created by Nutkhut’s co-Artistic Director Simmy Gupta and based on the children’s stories of the Mughal Emperor Akbar (1542 – 1605) and his favourite advisor, Birbal (1528 – 1583).

Akbar and Birbal are travelling through time to find Akbar’s descendant on the streets of Luton!

Birbal was said to be the most wise, witty and intelligent of Akbar’s nine closest and best advisors known as Akbar’s Nine Jewels or Akbar’s Navrattans – the name also given to a piece of jewellery representing the universe.

We are looking for performers to work on a rolling performance schedule in Luton’s Bury Park on 8th & 9th December 2017 with rehearsals from 4th-6th December in London and 7th December in Luton.

  • Age range: 20+
  • Ethnicity: South Asian
  • Special skills: Street performance experience / strong audience interaction / strong improvisational skills / knowledge or understanding of South Asian languages.

Please contact with a showreel and biog/CV, head-shots by 22nd November 2017.

All applicants must be available from 4th – 9th December 2017.

Culture is magical. It can take us by surprise in ways that nothing else can. It’s the magic that creates special experiences and friendships.

It’s often visible in our institutions but more often invisible in our communities where people live and work; yet, it is all around us and exists in all the corners of our capital.

The London Borough of Culture is an exciting opportunity to illuminate the cultural gems that exist in these corners, and to demonstrate the many ways in which long-established cultural experiences blend with new.

This is a unique moment in our capitals history to focus on what we have, not just the visible but the invisible.

Growing up in a corner of the capital that was never quite sure whether it was in the country or the city was special. The marshes of Erith and Belvedere contained all the romanticism of Derek’s Jarman’s relationship with Dungeness - the bleakness, the working river and the railway which employed generations of my family. Despite the challenges, my parents and grandparents came up with an ingenious idea – to live next door to each other and to buy the shops either side. And so, a community began to emerge with a convenience store at its heart.

My earliest cultural memory stems from this corner of the capital where I grew up. With working parents, every summer, my sister and I would attend a play-scheme. During the heat wave of 1976 I insisted on wearing a stripy tank top, stripy shirt and Rupert Bear trousers! Unbeknownst to me, I made the front page of the local newspaper as the ‘Boy in fancy dress’ in the annual summer parade. And so, my love affair with the alternative arts began..

What we take for granted today, our glorious parks and open spaces, in the 1970’s and 1980’s were to be avoided, so I co-founded Nutkhut and we set out to change this. A generation later the London Mela appears across the capital and injects culture and creativity into these spaces, for everyone.

I’m delighted to be a Cultural Ambassador for the Mayor of London and to advocate the amazing cultural riches our city has to offer. I know this award is going to help create a little magic in the corners of our city that have remained invisible for too long.

Best of luck to the boroughs and to all those involved with bids!