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Written by Zia Ahmed
Directed by Anna Himali Howard

I Wanna Be Yours

Presented by Paines Plough and Tamasha in association with The Bush


By Zia Ahmed

Directed by Anna Himali Howard


Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb. 

"I think I'm falling in love with you."

People and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Megabuses. London to Leeds. 

Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there's an elephant in the room. 

A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you've got. I Wanna Be Yours is the debut play from slam poetry champion Zia Ahmed. 

Zia is from North West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion. 

I Wanna Be Yours was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights' Scheme. 

In 2016 we partnered with Paines Plough on Come to Where I'm From London - which invited London playwrights to tell their stories, about the city that shaped them for the first time. We presented a series of events across the city representing North, South, East and West London including a hugely popular piece about Cricklewood from Zia Ahmed. 

2019/2020 Tour Dates 


16 - 19 Oct 2019
The Albany Canada Water Hub, Canada Water 

21 October
Studio 3 Arts, Barking

22 October
Luton Culture, Luton

24 October 2019
Rosehill Theatre
Whitehaven, CA28 6SE
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25 October 2019
Unity Theatre
Liverpool, L1 9BG
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28 October
Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

29 October
Ventnor Exchange, Ventnor

30 October
The Old Market, Brighton

31 October
South Hill Park, Bracknell

1 November
Trestle Arts Centre, St Albans

2 November
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant

4 November
The Key Theatre, Peterborough

5 November
The Marlowe, Canterbury

6 November
Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre

7 November
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

8 November
Electric Theatre, Guildford

11 November 2019
Octagon Theatre
Bolton, BL1 1US
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12 November
Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough

13 November
The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

14 November
Artrix, Bromsgrove

15 November
Derby Theatre, Derby

16 November
East Riding Theatre, Beverley

19 November
Cast, Doncaster

20 November
Norden Farm, Maidenhead

21 November
The Garage, Norwich

22 November
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln

23 November
The Edge, Manchester

26 November
The Continental, Preston

27 November
Arts Centre Washington, Washington

28 November
Selby Town Hall, Selby

29 November
Square Chapel, Halifax

30 November
The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed

4 Dec 2019 - 18 Jan 2020 
Bush Theatre
London, W12 8LJ
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