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Rifco Arts is a theatre company which focuses on bringing British Asian stories to the stage, and audiences from the community into theatres. [1] The company was founded in 1999 by director Pravesh Kumar. [2]

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Rifco is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. [3]

In June 2014 Rifco were further awarded funding by the Arts Council for Creative People and Places project in Slough. [4]

Arts Council England arts organization in London, England

Arts Council England is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It was formed in 1994 when the Arts Council of Great Britain was divided into three separate bodies for England, Scotland and Wales. The arts funding system in England underwent considerable reorganisation in 2002 when all of the regional arts boards were subsumed into Arts Council England and became regional offices of the national organisation.

Well-known actors who have worked with Rifco include Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Ameet Chana, Shivani Ghai, Rik Makarem, Harvey Virdi, Simon Rivers and Divian Ladwa.

Shabana Azmi Indian actress

Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. The daughter of poet Kaifi Azmi and stage actress Shaukat Azmi, she is an alumna of Film and Television Institute of India of Pune. Azmi made her film debut in 1974 and soon became one of the leading actresses of Parallel Cinema, a new-wave movement known for its serious content and neo-realism and received government patronage during the times. Regarded as one of the finest actresses in India, Azmi's performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praise and awards, which include a record of five wins of the National Film Award for Best Actress and several international honours. She has also received five Filmfare Awards, and was honored among "women in cinema" at the 30th International Film Festival of India. In 1988, the Government of India awarded her with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.

Goldy Notay is an Indian-born-British-Canadian-Zimbabwean film actress, television and stage actress. She played 'Roopi' as the lead role in the Gurinder Chadha film It's A Wonderful Afterlife. She has appeared as Shireen in the 2012 Mike Bartlett drama The Town and is currently working on Amar Akbar & Tony a full-length film scheduled for release in 2014.

Ameet Chana British actor

Ameet Chana is a British-Indian actor. His most notable role is Adi Ferreira in EastEnders.

The company runs an artist development programme for emerging and developing artists: Rifco Associates. [5]

The company has been a resident theatre company at Watford Palace Theatre since 2011. [6]

Watford Palace Theatre theatre and cinema in Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Watford Palace Theatre, opened in 1908, is an Edwardian Grade II listed building in Watford, Hertfordshire. The 600-seat theatre on Clarendon Road was refurbished in 2004. It houses its own rehearsal room, wardrobe, cafe and bar.

In November 2016 Rifco announced their tour for 2017 - Miss Meena & the Masala Queens. Written by Harvey Virdi. [7]

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