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Dynamic Asian dancer to take Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch audience on funny yet captivating trip

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 June 2017

Shane Shambhu stars in Confessions of A Cockney Temple Dancer, written, directed and choregraphed by him. Pictured: Simon Richardson.

Shane Shambhu stars in Confessions of A Cockney Temple Dancer, written, directed and choregraphed by him. Pictured: Simon Richardson.

Simon Richardson.

One of the first British Asian dance students to perform on a theatre’s stage, hopes to entertain an audience with his dynamic one-man show.

Shane Shambhu stars in Confessions of A Cockney Temple Dancer, written, directed and choregraphed by him. Pictured: Martin Dewar Shane Shambhu stars in Confessions of A Cockney Temple Dancer, written, directed and choregraphed by him. Pictured: Martin Dewar

Shane Shambhu, 40, first performed on the stage at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, 22 years ago and has now created, directed and choreographed Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer.

The show focuses on Shane’s life, growing up with traditional Indian parents in the cockney east end, but innovatively it is told through dance.

“My parents wanted me to become a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. Anything with lots of money but I came back to my first love.

“I was stuck in an office and instead of getting on with my work I found myself writing dance sequences.”

Shane Shambhu stars in Confessions of A Cockney Temple Dancer, written, directed and choregraphed by him. Pictured: Simon Richardson. Shane Shambhu stars in Confessions of A Cockney Temple Dancer, written, directed and choregraphed by him. Pictured: Simon Richardson.

Combining expressive movement, humour and captivating story-telling Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer takes audiences on Shane’s incredible journey.

He reveals how he overcame obstacles to live his dream – to perform Indian dance and stories in a way that could speak to everyone.

“I didn’t tell any of my friends, I kept it secret,” he continued.

“They would have taken the mickey out of me, that I was strange. I worried if I was doing hip-hop it would have been quite cool but Indian dance is mainly predominately done by females and you have to wear make up.”

The show takes audiences through the two worlds of the vibrant east end and colourful world of India.

Shane’s story is familiar to all those who have moved cities, migrated from other countries and offers a breath-taking perspective in today’s political climate.

The production explores perceptions of race, languages and identities and constantly defies any categorisation.

Jumping playfully between characters, a female compere, a student, a grandfather, a guru, Shane carries the audience through a performance that is both comic and moving.

Mentored by the CEO of Sadler’s Wells, Alistair Spalding, Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer is on Sunday, July 23, at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £9 and £7 for concessions. Call the Box Office on 01708443333 or visit queens-theatre.co.uk.

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