Photo: Helen Murray


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 


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

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


Approaching Empty - the web stream

Written by Ishy Din. Directed by Pooja Ghai

21 July - 4 August 2020

Presented by Tamasha, Kiln Theatre & Live Theatre

Our 2019 production of Ishy Din's celebrated play Approaching Empty premieres online from 21 July until 4 August.

First staged at the Kiln Theatre and Live Theatre, before embarking on a great UK-wide tour in Spring 2019, Ishy Din's Approaching Empty, directed by Pooja Ghai, will stream from 21 July until 4 August. From the writer that brought you Taxi Tales (recently back on BBC iPlayer) and Snookered.

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.


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!

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" 


Tamasha thrives thanks to artists, practitioners, sponsors and collaborators who give what they can to enable many voices to tell their stories, and to be heard.

We would be grateful for any gift you feel able to give.

Thank you.  

21 July - 4 August 2020


Duration 1 hour 40 mins

Age guidance 14+ (Contains strong language)