‘Forget friendship… this is business.’

Ishy Din’s new razor-sharp drama Approaching Empty comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 2 – 6 April as part of a national UK tour. The production is produced by Kiln Theatre, Tamasha and Live Theatre, with direction from Pooja Ghai.

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, this compelling drama by award-winning playwright Ishy Din, lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial age where manual labour is no longer plentiful.

★★★★ ‘Strongly performed’ The Stage

★★★★ ‘An entertaining, wellcrafted drama’ Britishtheatre.com

★★★★ ‘Fascinating’ London Theatre 1

The cast includes Kammy Darweish (All My Sons, Nottingham Playhouse), Karan Gill (The Lovely Bones, UK Tour), Nicholas Khan (The Kite Runner, Wyndham’s Theatre/UK tour), Rina Fatania (Love N Stuff, Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Nicholas Prasad (Much Ado About Nothing, Rose Theatre Kingston) and Maanuv Thiara (Hamlet, Almeida Theatre).

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.

A Sign Language Interpreted performance will take place on Wednesday 3 April at 7.30pm.

Approaching Empty runs at the Queen’s Theatre from 2 – 6 April. Tickets are £16 – £18 (plus 65p QNew Transformation fee) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online here.

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