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Approaching Empty

A Tamasha, Kiln Theatre & Live Theatre production

Approaching Empty

by Ishy Din

Directed by Pooja Ghai

Forget friendship! This is business.

In a scruffy minicab office, Mansha decides it’s time to create his own destiny and offers to buy the business from his lifelong friend Raf. As the realities of the state of the company slowly unravel, these two best friends must confront the difficulties of going into business with those closest to them.

Approaching Empty is the razor-sharp new drama by Ishy Din – winner of Best New Play at Manchester Theatre Awards for his 2012 debut Snookered and a writer of Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge. Set in the North East of England, it lays bare the everyday struggles of a generation of working-class British men.

Tamasha is Britain’s foremost theatre company that places artists from culturally diverse backgrounds centre stage. With successes such as East is East, Tamasha has played a key role in driving the cross-over of Asian culture into the British mainstream.

This production contains smoking, haze, strong language and scenes of violence and threat.

Age Guidance: 14+

Interview with taxi driver-turned-playwright Ishy Din

The BBC names Approaching Empty as one of the theatre shows you won’t want to miss in 2019

Ishy Din: ‘Driving a taxi made me a better playwright’ – BBC

★★★★ ‘Strongly performed’ The Stage

★★★★ ‘Fascinating’ London Theatre 1

★★★★ ‘An entertaining, well‑crafted drama’

★★★★ ‘A beautifully structured play with strong thematic echoes of Arthur Miller – but with a faster, wittier sitcom style’ The Scotsman



2 - 6 Apr 2019


2.30pm | 7.30pm


£16 | £18 (Fri & Sat evenings)
+65p QNew Transformation Fee

Running Time

120 minutes


20 minutes


Main House

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