Award-winning performer combines Indian dance and comedy

FOLLOWING an acclaimed appearance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, award-winning performer Shane Shambhu heads to Dorset with his brand new show for one special night with Artsreach, the county’s touring arts charity.

Combining Indian dance and comedy, Shane lead his audiences on a revealing journey of his life growing up in London; from unlikely dance student to ‘rude boy’ to international performer.

Born and raised in the London Borough of East Ham among a large extended family from southern India, Shane’s life changed when he was eight years old and his mother sent him to a Master to learn Bharatanatyam, a temple dance from their native Kerala.

After that, when his school friends from all over Asia and Africa were playing football at playtime, Shane was practising his dance movements in a corner of the school yard concealed behind a wall.

Combining his inimitable charm and wit with dynamic dance sequences, Shane reveals his past through a vivid display of characters, lived experiences and comical stories, reflecting on how race, language, identity and cultures have defined him and his career. After the show, audiences will be invited to enter the Cockney Curry House, meet Shane and sample food inspired by his families Keralan recipes.

“Brilliant! Hilarious! Heart-warning! Inspirational! Must see!”  – British Theatre guide

Artsreach IS delighted to present one performance by Shane as part of the National Rural Touring Dance Initiative.

See ‘Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer’ in Charmouth Primary School at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 15. Tickets are available by calling 07967 759 135 or visit

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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