Eshmit began writing and performing spoken word & storytelling pieces inspired by her heritage, identity & Faith five years ago. She introduced herself as a spoken word artist on social media platforms, which led to her performing across the country.
Some of her credits include: The West End (Anonymous is a Woman Theatre Co), UK Parliament, Trafalgar Square Stage, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Near Neighbours), a Birmingham tram (Beatfreeks) & Ruddock Hall. In 2016, Eshmit was asked to perform & workshop in Vancouver, BC. She is a twice featured spoken word artist by BBC WM (2019). You can listen to 'Sikh Reflections' on BBC Sounds in response to Covid-19.
talks & workshops
Eshmit is a freelance spoken word, creative writing and performance art facilitator. She has hosted sessions at camps, schools and universities, often aiming to promote healthy wellbeing by using drama techniques as a creative outlet for attendees. She has hosted workshops to a diverse range of audiences between the ages of 5 to 25. Her past experience includes working with victims of sexual grooming and abuse, refugee children & autistic individuals.
I now offer group workshops using Zoom. Please contact me for more information.
In 2018, Eshmit was commissioned by The University of Wolverhampton to create an immersive exhibition as part of the annual Arts Fest. The exhibition was held in Wolverhampton City Centre & based on the first-hand experiences of Panjabi migrants that settled in The Black Country during the mid-20th-Century. You can more information on The Route upon Arrival by clicking here.
In 2019, Eshmit successfully secured Arts Council England funding to create Himmat (the play). Himmat was hosted at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery for a total of five performances at the end of September & acted as a pre-event for Wolverhampton's 2020 Literature Festival. The play was written & produced by Jefny Ashcroft & told the story of Wolverhampton's 1969 Turban Victory. Eshmit directed & edited the play, & also portrayed the main character, Rani Bhambra. Find more about Himmat here.
Eshmit is in her final year of her MA Dramatherapy Masters. Dramatherapy is an indirect & creative form of Psychotherapy, which typically utilises theatrical elements to facilitate emotional & psychological healing. Dramatherapy uses story, metaphor & countless forms of play to do this.
Eshmit has completed two clinical placements as part of her training, the first working with young people that had previously displayed Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) & the second in an inpatient, adult mental health hospital. Eshmit was also invited to perform a spoken word piece called 'Avaaj' at the 2019 British Association of Dramatherapist's Annual Conference (BADth).
Currently, Eshmit sits on BADth's Inclusion & Visibility Subcommittee & is a Co-founder of 'DiversArty', a supportive space for training Arts Therapists of colour/diverse groups at the University of Derby.