Published On: Fri, Mar 25th, 2016

British director clarifies shortage of female artists in Pakistan



Tessa Walker, who is an associate director at the Birmingham Repertory Theater, often goes in different countries across the world to conduct training seminars. Now she came here in Pakistan for a workshop which was organized by Ajoka Theater. The Lahore-based company invited Walker to hold the seminar for young artists, and in an interview she emphasized a few of the issues facing Pakistan’s theater circuit today.

Walker considers that theater can perform a great role in the welfare of society and stated that “There is a shortage of female artists in the country,” he further added that “I think women of Pakistan should be encouraged to take up theater acting as a profession,” she is of the view that there is great talent in Pakistan, “I am very impressed by what I have witnessed here. Within limited resources, the youth is doing an incredible job to revive theater,”

She was comparing Pakistani and Western theater as, “We have people writing plays after conducting research on their respective topics – another element I found missing here,” she further shared that “These form the basis of a good play and I am happy that young artists are willing to learn,” Walker further asserted that “However, I do feel that there is a need for the Pakistani government to organize such training workshops.”

Walker, who directed A Christmas Carol included her work in Birmingham, also admired Madiha Gohar, who is the founder of Ajoka Theater as “It is all due to the effort of Ajoka Theater and Madiha that Pakistani plays are gaining immense popularity in other countries as well,” she added that “Madiha is a high-committed and energetic lady – the ideal source of inspiration for any woman hoping to set foot in the world of theatre.” Walker also stated that she would team up with Ajoka to make joint theatrical projects and performances, if she will get the opportunity.

She ended up with positivity by encouraging Pakistan’s talented youngsters to come forward and make extra effort to improve their skills by research.

Walker stated that “The people of the city are very social and supporting, which is necessary for the promotion of cultural activities,” Walker clarified that “It is a reality that the presence of film, television and theatre has an important impact on society. It can be a strong tool for social welfare.”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.