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


Tamasha, Kiln Theatre and Live Theatre present




Approaching Empty - the web stream

One year after the premiere of Ishy Din’s celebrated play, on 6th February 2020, get to exclusively watch the web stream of Approaching Empty - for one night only!


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.


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" 

Key Info

Thursday 6 February, 8pm | Online



Duration 1 hour 40 mins

Age guidance 14+ (Contains strong language)