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 Fletcher
Voice & Dialect Coach Edda Sharpe
Fight Director Lisa Connell
Assistant Director Heather Carroll 


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

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
CSM (on the book) Lorrell Rawlins
ASM Sarah Longson
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

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 2019
Live Theatre
Newcastle BE1 3DQ
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5 Mar 2019
Tron Theatre
Glasgow G1 5HB
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7 - 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

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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