07 Feb 2019
Tuesday, 5 March 2019 at 7.45 pm, Tron Theatre
We are delighted to announce that Tamasha, Kiln and Live Theatre will present a Scottish premiere of Approaching Empty as part of our spring season, written by award-winning playwright Ishy Din and directed by Pooja Ghai (Associate Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East 2015-2018).
‘Forget friendship… this is business.’
In a scruffy minicab office, Mansha decides it’s time to create his own destiny and offers to buy a business from his lifelong friend Raf. As the realities of the state of the business slowly unravel, these two best friends must confront the difficulties of going into business with those closest to them.
Set in North East England, in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, this compelling drama by playwright Ishy Din, lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial generation of South Asian British men.
Ishy Din’s theatre work includes Snookered (Tamasha, Oldham Coliseum and Bush Theatre) and Beats North (Edinburgh Fringe). He was the 2012 Pearson Writer in Residence at the Manchester Royal Exchange and in 2013 Snookered won Best New Play at the Manchester Theatre Awards. For television, his work includes Ackley Bridge, Taxi Tales and Doughnuts; for film, Fraud, Perfume and Our Lad; and for radio John Barnes Saved My Life.
Pooja Ghai directs Kammy Darweish (Mansha), Rina Fatania (Sameena), Karan Gill (Shazad), Nicholas Khan (Raf), Nicholas Prasad (Sully) and Maanuv Thiara (Tany).
Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs (including interval).