Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer Comes to Hartlepool

Published Tuesday, 9th April 2019

A captivating theatre show which combines stand-up comedy with traditional Indian dance is heading to Hartlepool this month.

'Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer', which is at  Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Monday 29 April at 7.30pm, is based on the personal experience of comedian and physical storyteller Shane Shambhu’s time growing up in East London living among many other cultures.

Shane Shambhu

Shane Shambhu

With his inimitable charm and wit, Shane will have audiences laughing out loud as he reveals his past through a vivid combination of mime, dance, comedy and compelling storytelling.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer throws audiences into Shane’s world and explores how identity, race, language and culture have defined him and his Indian dance career in this funny and honest show.

Following the show, audiences will get the opportunity to sample an assortment of traditional Indian cuisine in a special post-show cooking demonstration hosted by Shane.

Cockney Curry House introduces Chef T and sous chef Dave to audiences, allowing them to taste and smell the spices and flavours of South Indian cuisine. Chef T will reveal the journey that curry dishes have made into British cuisine making Tikka Masala as popular as fish and chips.

“Whether you love comedy, dance or just an Indian takeaway at the weekend, this show has it all,” says Adam Strickland, Duty Officer at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre. “It’s going to be a brilliant night out and a chance to explore what it means to be ‘British’ today and even learn something about another culture.”

Shane has collaborated with award-winning playwright, Jonathan Lichtenstein, Surinder Sandhu (composer) and Martin Dewar (video design) to create Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer.

Tickets cost £8, or £7 for concessions, and are available from or Hartlepool Box Office on 01429 890000 (Tuesdays to Fridays 10am–4.30pm, Saturdays 10am–4pm).