Creative Team

Written by Ishy Din
Director Pooja Ghai
Designer Rosa Maggiora
Lighting Designer David Plater
Composer & Sound Designer Arun Ghosh
Dramaturg Lin Coghlan
Casting Director Polly Jerrold

Production Team

Production Manager Simon Evans

Duration 2 hours (including interval)
Age guidance 14+
Contains strong language

Tamasha, Kiln Theatre & Live Theatre present


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.

Set in the North of England in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, Approaching Empty is the compelling drama by taxi-driver-turned-playwright Ishy Din (Snookered, Best New Play at Manchester Theatre Awards) that lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial generation of British men.

What the critics said about Snookered:

"The most accomplished and assured first play I have seen for years" 
The Independent 

"The funniest play of the year so far" 

"Genuinely eye-opening" 
The Telegraph 

"Engagingly played" 

"Impressively sharp" 

"Powerful and satisfying" 
The Scotsman 

On tour in 2019

9 Jan - 2 Feb 2019
Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre)
London NW6
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6 - 23 Feb 2018
Live Theatre 
Newcastle BE1 3DQ
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Further dates to be announced soon