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Performance Live: Taxi Tales


A Tamasha & Ishy Din co-production

Broadcast on BBC2 on Fri 10 Aug, 11.05pm

Written & presented by Ishy Din
Director Ben Anthony
Producer Clare Callan

Performers Asif Ishaque, Doreen Frankland, Jeff Meaney, Eve Conway, Khan Hanif
Radio Presenter Gary Philipson

Filmed on Location in Middlesbrough and Redcar. With thanks to ARC Stockton Arts Centre and Christine Bell of Boro Taxis

Rehearsal Directors Diyan Zora, Peter Bradley, Oli O’Shea
Line Producer Vanya Barwell
Film Editor Rupert Houseman
Make up and Wardrobe Tracy Whalen
Props Mike McLaughlin
1st Assistant Director Patrick James Stephens
Director of Photography Mark Wolf, Adam Hall, Michael Timney
Camera Assistants Ralph Messer, Ali Hutchinson, Christopher Orr
Grip Renny Borthwick
Gaffer Rory Grierson
Driver Graham Gove
DIT James Mustard
Stills photography Junior Ayub, Paul Stephenson, Colin Davison
Sound Stuart Wright, Philip Quinton
Script Supervisor Fiona Collins
Online Editor Steve Dix
Colourist Nuala Sheridan
Dubbing Mixer Andrew Godwin

Casting assistance DJW Talent
Production Coordinator Jonathan Smith
Production Assistant George Woodhouse
Production Managers  Piera Buckland, Melanie Rainbow
Executive Producer for BBC Emma Cahusac
Associate Producers for Arts Council England Neil Darlison, Cassandra Mathers
Performance Live Strand Producers Battersea Arts Centre, Andrew Fettis

Taxi Tales 

Critical and audience acclaim for Tamasha's TV debut


"A fierce expression of local pride by playwright and former Teesside taxi driver Ishy Din" The Sunday Times, Critics' Choice

"A resonant state-of-the nation tale. More of this kind of thing, please." The Guardian, Friday's Best TV 

"A perfect piece of Boro' Rave reviews for Taxi Tales - the BBC show filmed on Teesside" Middlesborough Gazette 

"Our pick of tonight's TV choices" The Northern Echo

Taxi Tales will take you on a surprising journey through Middlesbrough, in and out of the cabs of three very different drivers. Meet a young British-Pakistani entrepreneur who believes that immigrants have always been enterprising by nature; a local man who used to work in construction on towering glass buildings down south; and an older seasoned driver who is in love with his job... until the day he falls out of it.

The show stars three local taxi drivers from Middlesbrough and features a supporting cast of Tees Valley locals, all of them non-actors. Their stories uncover what lies beneath the surface of a post-industrial northern town, and unfold into a state-of-the-nation tale.

Taxi Tales is part of the BBC's Performance Live strand - a partnership between BBC Arts, Arts Council England and Battersea Arts Centre, showcasing some of the most exciting artists working in performance today.

Originally a piece of theatre set in cabs where the passengers were the audience, the show is written and presented by Middlesbrough taxi-driver-turned-playwright/screenwriter Ishy Din (SnookeredApproaching Empty), directed by BAFTA winner Ben Anthony and produced by Clare Callan for Tamasha. 

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