2009 - 2012



"Banality, the basic matter of our everyday lives – the breakfast parties, the arguments with our children, the shops on our streets, the political anxieties, the houses we've lived in for years, the cemeteries in which we'll end – is transformed and transcended ... Those lives we were glimpsing? They were our lives. Those parties and arguments and anxieties and houses are ours ... that is what Shah shows us, and that is the gift she offers us. Don't be frightened of life, she reminds us. It's all we have."

Maddy Costa, review

Dear Stranger, I love you


Dear Stranger, I love you: the ethics of community in Rajni Shah Projects' Glorious
Lancaster University and the Live Art Development Agency, 2013.
Comprising: two books (120 and 40 pages) and DVD (32 minutes), all housed in a card envelope. 140 × 210 × 20mm

ISBN: 978-1-86220-306-8

Rajni Shah And The Musicians Of Glorious With Phil Minton And The Feral Choir

Sat, 21 Feb 2015, 8:30pm - 10:00pm

An evening in two parts. Rajni Shah and Suzie Shrubb return to Mons three years after they staged the musical extravaganza, Glorious, with members of the local community.

Screening of 'Distance and Nearness' by Becky Edmunds

Sun, 22 Feb 2015, 11:00am - 11:30am

Join us as part of Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture for this special brunch screening of Becky Edmunds' beautiful film using footage from Glorious, Distance and Nearness.

Glorious film

Distance and nearness is a short film by Becky Edmunds, made in response to six performances of Rajni Shah Projects’ Glorious. Texts are spoken and music is played by local performers from all six locations.

The DVD is available from

Glorious - show credits

From 2009 to 2012, Rajni Shah and collaborators created and toured Glorious - a haunting and unusual new musical.

Glorious closing party - London

Sat, 1 Jun 2013, 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Join us on Saturday June 1st to celebrate the Glorious project in style!
Expect cakes, balloons, good times and good conversations.

Glorious screening, installation and book launch - London

Thu, 30 May 2013, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Join us to celebrate the end of Rajni Shah Projects' Glorious with a screening of documentation by filmmaker Becky Edmunds in response to six performances of Glorious, a screening of Lucy Cash's new Glo

Songbox - a music and social event

Fri, 31 May 2013, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

A music and social event involving artists who took part in Glorious as musicians, audience members, performers and composers.

Glorious - Nottingham Screening

Tue, 25 Jun 2013, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Venue: The Space, Nottingham Contemporary - directions here

Beyond Glorious symposium

Thu, 30 May 2013, 7:30pm - Sun, 2 Jun 2013, 2:00pm

30th May to 2nd June 2013

A symposium to celebrate the end of Rajni Shah Projects' Glorious and open up new dialogue around the radical in engaged practices.

Glorious Lancaster - Practical information and access


December 1st 2012 at 8pm in Live at LICA’s Nuffield Theatre

Live at LICA Box Office: 01524 594 151

ArtWorks Event: Critical Conversations

Wed, 10 Oct 2012, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday 10 October 2012 / 19.00-21.00
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Level 2 / FREE / Booking essential

Artists Rajni Shah together with Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich
Chaired by Ilana Mitchell, Creative Director, Wunderbar Festival

Glorious music event in Morecambe

Wed, 25 Jul 2012, 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Glorious is the third in a trilogy of large-scale pieces by performance company Rajni Shah Projects currently touring the UK and Europe.

Glorious is being researched and developed as a distinctive piece of musical theatre where participants are involved in the process of making the show.

Urbi et Orbi Summer School with Cifas

Mon, 27 Aug 2012, 10:00am - Fri, 31 Aug 2012, 5:00pm

Summer University: "Urbi et Orbi. Living Art, City and City Dwellers"

Five days to establish, study and discuss the desire manifested by artists, cultural operators, artistic producers, cultural and policy makers: that art meets, irrigates and dialogue with the city.

Glorious evaluation by Elizabeth Lynch


Write a letter to a stranger

Fri, 8 Jun 2012, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat, 9 Jun 2012, 11:00am - 5:00pm


What would you write in a letter to a stranger? And what might a stranger have to say to you?

Glorious in Mons, Belgium

Fri, 4 May 2012, 8:30pm - 10:30pm

Rajni Shah Projects

Friday, 4 May 2012
Un Pas de Trop
Mons, Belgium

Music will include accordian, guitar, flute and violin and local monologues and song lyrics will all be in French! More details as they emerge...

Glorious in Newcastle, as part of Wunderbar Festival

Tue, 1 Nov 2011, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Rajni Shah Projects / Tuesday 1st November, 7.30 pm /
Stage 2 Northumbria University Student Union / £7.50 or £5.50 concessions

Public Interventions at Eldon Sq, Newcastle

Mon, 10 Oct 2011, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tue, 11 Oct 2011, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Wed, 12 Oct 2011, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thu, 13 Oct 2011, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Meet Lucille, Rajni and Sheila at Eldon Sq shopping centre for a cup of tea and some letter-writing...

Glorious – the way ahead


An independent evaluation brief (closing date for applications July 1st)

About Glorious - everything a presenter needs to know (archive from 2011)



Thanks for visiting this page. We've gathered together some information about our Glorious project, and what it might involve if you wanted to become a partner. We are looking for partners who are interested in a final performance between December 2011 and September 2012.

Glorious - SPILL Festival (matinee)

Thu, 21 Apr 2011, 1:00pm

World premiere

Glorious at Inbetween Time Festival in Bristol

Fri, 3 Dec 2010, 7:00pm - 7:30pm

As part of the Inbetween Time Festival in Bristol, Rajni and collaborators will present a small taster of Glorious songs from Act One at cube, followed by a discussion at a venue nearby (tbc)

How does it feel? Workshop in Newcastle

Wed, 10 Nov 2010, 10:00am
Thu, 11 Nov 2010, 10:00am
Fri, 12 Nov 2010, 10:00am

As part of the development process for her new performance, Glorious, artist Rajni Shah is looking for ten participants to take part in a free three-day workshop at a Newcastle city centre venue during the early evenings of November 10th, 11th and 12th*, ending with an informal celebratory performance on the last evening.

Opportunity at InBetween Time in Bristol



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CALL FOR PERFORMERS: Rajni Shah’s Glorious at Inbetween Time

Seeking Glorious Musicians in Nottingham!



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How Does it Feel?


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How Does it Feel?
Open Workshop with Rajni Shah: Newcastle, November 10-12th 2010

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