Tanuja Amarasuriya

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Hi people. Here’s what I looked like in 2020.

I’m a director working in theatre, film, audio and XR.

I also work as a writer, dramaturg, and occasionally as a composer/sound designer across different forms.

I co-founded Sleepdogs with Tim X Atack
and I’m a resident at Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol.

For directing, and composing/sound design, I’m represented by Emily Wraith at Berlin Associates
For writing, dramaturgy or anything else, please get in touch via Sleepdogs.

 

CURRENTLY: I am assistant director to Dominic Cooke, on GOOD at the Harold Pinter Theatre (autumn 2022), starring David Tennant, Elliot Levey and Sharon Small.

 

Here are some production stills from work I’ve directed:

 

Complete CV available on request.
Here’s a selection of what you’ll  find on it:

 

PREVIOUS DIRECTING includes:

ABSOLUTE SCENES (The Marble Factory, Bristol) written by Tim X Atack. Commissioned and produced by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Performed by a cast of 28 actors. Presented site-specifically at the Marble Factory, Bristol.

OUT OF SORTS (Theatre503) written by Danusia Samal. Produced and presented by Theatre503.
Winner of the Theatre503 International Playwriting Prize.

THE PAPER MAN (Improbable) Presented by Tobacco Factory Theatres, Soho Theatre.

OCEAN CONFESSIONS (Sura Medura, Sri Lanka) site-specific augmented audio piece, created by Sleepdogs.

DARK LAND LIGHT HOUSE (Bristol Old Vic) written by Tim X Atack. Produced by MAYK. In 2021, awarded a Trailblazer grant to enable concept development for adapting the show for VR

CHECK THE LABEL (Bristol Old Vic) written and performed by Eno Mfon.

THE BULLET AND THE BASS TROMBONE (Bristol Old Vic and national touring) written and performed by Tim X Atack. Produced by MAYK. UK tour including: National Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Butterworth Hall, Manchester Royal Exchange, Brighton Festival.

THE MORPETH CAROL (Bristol Old Vic) written by Tim X Atack.

 

WRITING/DRAMATURGY includes:

YOU HEARD ME (dramaturg) performance by Luca Rutherford.
CANTATA and ELIA & SADIQ (writer/director). Short films in development with Lobu Films
FOREST 404 (dramaturg), radio drama podcast. Written by Timothy X Atack, for BBC Sounds
ICE ROAD and THE STICK HOUSE  (dramaturg), site-specific/immersive theatre for Raucous
SAM HALMARACK & THE MISERABLITES (dramaturg)created by Sam Halmarack. Produced by Bristol Old Vic Ferment. Toured UK & internationally.
I’m one of the collaborators on a new, story-led computer game in development for DIE GUTE FABRIK

 

COMPOSING/SOUND DESIGN includes:

THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL Directed by Nancy Medina. Produced by Fuel/Kiln Theatre/Birmingham Rep
OCEAN CONFESSIONS site-specific, augmented audio piece, Sura Medura, Sri Lanka.
LNK_A  short album of electro-pop made entirely from field recordings of Sri Lanka. Created by Sleepdogs and available to buy on bandcamp.
RESIDUE Short film. Directed by Sookie Greene. Commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts.
STATUS by Chris Thorpe & Rachel Chavkin, produced by China Plate.
SALT. by Selina Thompson, directed by Dawn Walton.

 

Fellowships/Awards include:

– Shortlisted for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director’s Award (2021)
– Industry Fellowship: Expanded Performance (2020-21) researching how XR technologies can deepen people’s experience of live performance. Awarded by Bristol & Bath Creative R&D
– Leverhulme Arts Scholarship (2017) attached to Bristol Old Vic

 

I have given talks, guest lectures, workshops and masterclasses for events and organisations including: Storyfutures Academy ‘Training the Trainers” programme, Hello Culture/BBC Digital Cities, JMK Regional Directors Programme, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Seoul Performing Arts Market (with the British Council) and Breaking theatre is more fun than making theatre for Watershed Pervasive Media Studio. My essays have been published in D.I.Y (Ed. Robert Daniels, University of Chichester, UK, 2014), An Audience (R)evolution (Ed. Caridad Svich, Theater Communications Group, USA, 2016), Towards A Future Theatre (Ed. Caridad Svich, 2022) and on theatrebristol.net

And back in the mists of time, I was co-Director of Theatre Bristol; Associate Producer at In Between Time; Live Art and Dance co-ordinator at Arnolfini; and served on the boards of Uninvited Guests, the Mike Atack Trust, and New Work Network. Also sold books at Waterstones (back when they still mostly sold books) and vinyl (plus also duvets, for some reason) at Replay Records (gone, but always in my heart).

 

Some words by other people about things I did:

“Tanuja Amarasuriyaʼs production brings out the playʼs warmth and humour,
[…] a sense of tenderness permeates the whole piece.”

– The Stage on Out of Sorts

“What an incredible piece. So vulnerable and exposing and confronting and hilarious and brave.
It’s not what you think it will be all. Thank you SO MUCH for this important work.”

– @LouLouMason on The Paper Man

“It’s highly unlikely you’ll experience a more unforgettably visceral, immersive, darkly intense
and mesmerisingly beautiful theatrical 105 minutes this year.”

– 365Bristol.com on Dark Land Light House

“a phenomenal, ever-present score from Sleepdogs, that buzzes and jangles constantly,
refusing to allow us to become too settled or comfortable.”
– Time Out on salt.

“Utterly transported by The Bullet & The Bass Trombone: haunting, spellbinding & exhilarating.”
– @jonathanwakeham on The Bullet and the Bass Trombone

“This isn’t a show you see. This is a show you breathe, you hear, you feel in your arteries.
It’s almost impossible to describe.”

– Emma Geraghty on The Bullet and the Bass Trombone