Shane Shambhu is a dancer, actor, award-winning choreographer and Artistic Director of Shane Shambhu Company who create Visual Theatre rooted in Indian Dance (www.shaneshambhucompany.net). Initially trained in Bharatanatyam, he has worked across dance and theatre with an array of artists and companies including: Filip Van Huffel, Lisa Torun, Vayu Naidu Company, inDance (Canada), Srishti Dance (Place Prize winner 2006), Shobana Jeysingh Dance Company, Dragonbreath Theatre, Moby Duck Productions and Complicite’s “A Disappearing Number” which was adapted as a radio play for BBC Radio 3 and screened worldwide as part of National Theatre Live.
Shane has been Associate Artist with Derby Dance Centre, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Dance 4 and currently is an Associate of The Hat Factory. Shane was selected to become a Platinum Programme Artist and selected by Tamasha Theatre to be one of the directors on their Design-Direct programme. He was nominated for an Arts award Fellowship and short-listed for Matthew Bourne’s Choreographer Award.
Verity gravitated to new writing after first working with 2 inspiring writers in rehearsal namely Abi Morgan in 1998 on SKINNED and Katie Hims on BREAKFAST SOLDIERS [Critics Choice Time Out].She now has over 2 dozen new plays she has performed in, helped develop or devised or collaborated on.
Her physical theatre slant came through training in Biomechanics in Berlin and Manchester 6 years after her degree. Platform 4 became her creative home for 2 years with creations penned by HATTIE NAYLOR, NELL LEYSHON and ANNA MARIA-MURPHY. After Icon’s Edinburgh run of RELEASE she was invited to do THE WORLD OUTSIDE by David Lane for Forest Forge’s 30th Anniversary last autumn. Before moving into devising she had toured with New Perspectives, The Nuffield [extensively], The Watermill, Greenwich Theatre and Basingstoke Haymarket, and Riding Lights – Rep credits include The House of Bernarda Alba, A Taste of Honey, Oleanna, The Rivals, Romeo & Juliet, Gulliver’s Travels, Hamlet, Wildest Dreams [Manchester Library Best Newcomer Nomination.] Television Film and Radio include: Moll Flanders, Reckless, Doctors [Anniversary hour length Ep], Peak Practice [3 eps], The Smart Couple [R4], Coronation St [3 eps], The Execution of Gary Glitter and Balmoral [voiceover R4], Verity played the television version of Young Victoria in Channel 4’s Drama Documentary “ Queen Victoria’s Men” which received several broadsheet plaudits.