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
Costume Supervisor Sydney Florence
Voice & Dialect Coach Edda Sharpe
Fight Director Lisa Connell
Assistant Director Heather Carroll 

"I wrote on a laptop in the cab in-between jobs" - Ishy Din sits down with The Stage

Ishy Din: Driving a taxi made me a better playwright - BBC

Ishy Din, writer of Approaching Empty, sits down with EasternEye ›


Mansha Kammy Darweish
Sameena Rina Fatania
Shazad Karan Gill
Raf Nicholas Khan
Sully Nicholas Prasad
Tany Maanuv Thiara

Approaching Empty's Mansha aka Kammy Darweish sits down with Theatre Weekly

Kiln Theatre, Tamasha and Live Theatre Announce Full Cast For The World Premiere of Ishy Din's Approaching Empty

Production Team

Production Manager Simon Evans
Company Manager Shannon Foster
CSM (on the book) Lorrell Rawlins
ASM Sarah Longson
TSM (tour) Eliza Caplitz
Re-Lighter Glyn Edwards

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

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

The critics at Time Out Theatre names Approaching Empty as one of the theatre shows you won't want to miss in London this month!

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 are saying about Approaching Empty:

The Stage 

"Directed with pace and clarity by Pooja Ghai... an entertaining and well-crafted drama" 


"Characterful and engaging" 
The Telegraph 

"Din is a man to follow" 

"Din's play is an interesting insight into a profession we think we know so much about" 

On tour in 2019

9 Jan - 2 Feb 2019
Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre)
London NW6
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6 - 23 Feb 2019
Live Theatre
Newcastle BE1 3DQ
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5 Mar 2019
Tron Theatre
Glasgow G1 5HB
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8 - 9 Mar 2019 
Assembly Roxy
Edinburgh, EH8 9SU
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13 - 15 Mar 2019
Derby Theatre
Derby, DE1 2NF
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20 - 23 Mar 2019
Belgrade Theatre
Coventry, CV1 1GS
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28 - 30 Mar 2019
Curve Theatre
Leicester, LE1 1SB
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2 - 6 April
Queen's Theatre
Hornchurch, RM11 1QT
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11 - 13 April
Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Oldham, OL1 3SW
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