Great news for Tara Arts, Britain's premiere Asian theatre company, which has received an award of Pounds 605,434 as part of the Arts Council Lottery Stabilisation Programme.
Under the artistic directorship of Jatinder Verma, the company will use the money over the next three years to mount a theatre and media project on Asian migration. The trilogy, Journey to the West, will combine oral histories of Asian communities and epic texts and promises to cast "a determinedly Asian eye on the state of the contemporary world." The development phase of the plays will involve working with adults and children. For more details, ring 0181 333 4457.
Out of Joint Theatre Company is running a one day inset course on December 6 on Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Led by Out of Joint's artistic director Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the original production at the Royal Court nearly 10 years ago and who is reviving it for next September, the course will offer insights into the historical background of the play as well as the processes involved in rehearsal. On hand for the day will be the playwright herself, theatre designer Julian McGowan and others. Places are limited to 20. Contact Sally Pearson on 0171 609 0207 or fax 0171 609 0203.
Just out is the second edition of the free guide to the Internet for arts and cultural organisations published by the ten Regional Arts Boards. Getting On-line explains how to get onto the Net, what to do once you're there and offers a listing of Internet service providers and Cybercafe sites around the country. It is available from local RAB information departments or from Yorkshire and Humberside Arts on 01924 455555 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wise Guys by Philip Osment is a joint collaboration between Theatre Centre and Red Ladder Theatre Company for young people aged 15 and over. It's billed as an uncompromising, gritty portrayal of male identity in the 1990s. It tours schools, theatres, community venues and young offenders units from now until mid December. Contact Jo Hemmant at Theatre Centre on 0171 377 0379.
There's a varied offering of autumn performances at north London's Mountview Conservatoire for the Performing Arts, including As You Like It from November 19-22 and Cinderella from December 10-18. For bookings, ring 0181 340 5885.