Image: from Robin by Asheq Akhtar

Taxi Tales TV 

Core Team

Writer Ishy Din 
Director Ben Anthony
Line Producer Vanya Barwell
Creative Producer (Tamasha) Clare Callan
Performance Practitioners Diyan Zora, Oli O'Shea and Peter Bradley

Harry Asif Ishaque
Mo Khan Hanif 
Phil Jeff Meaney
The Old Couple Doreen Frankland and Norman Kett
Homeless Young Woman Eve Conway

Artistic Director - Fin Kennedy
Executive Director - Valerie Synmoie
Producer - Debo Adebayo
Finance Officer - Anne-Marie Bradley
Administrator - Stella Ajayi

With casting support for supporting roles from DJW Talent

Taxi Tales 

Presented by Tamasha and Ishy Din

We are thrilled to announce that our site-specific community project in which real-life minicab drivers perform monologues to customers in the backs of their cabs, Taxi Tales has been commissioned to be adapted into a 30 minute television episode to be broadcast on a Saturday night on BBC 2 in 2018.

Taxi Tales for TV is written by Middlesbrough born and bred Taxi-driver turned playwright and screenwriter, Ishy Din and directed by BAFTA winner Ben Antony. It stars three real Taxi drivers from Middlesbrough and features an entire cast of Tees Valley locals - all of whom are non actors.

The show will be a immersive televisual journey through Middlesbrough, in and out of the cabs of three very different taxi drivers. Their stories uncover what lies beneath the surface of a post-industrial Northern town and unfold into a state-of-the-nation tale like no other.

Taxi Tales is one of eight new commissions for Performance Live, a new strand of programmes generated through a partnership between Arts Council England, BBC Arts and Battersea Arts Centre.   Performance Live is a risk-taking and pioneering new strand of programmes that brings some of the most innovative and exciting artists working in performance in England today to prime time Saturday night television. The strand gives artists, producers and arts organisations from around the country the opportunity to create, develop and produce their own programmes, opening up the process of making television. Each programme sees artists sharing their unique approach to live performance and exploring different ways to connect with a television audience.

Watch this space for annoucement of a broadcast date!

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Live shows Audience Feedback: 

Fantastic! A completely immersive experience and sensory journey. Unique. Intimate and could really connect with drivers. 

I loved being in the taxi it felt so real...such a journey...Please come back to Stockton!

A dynamic adventure and mystery tour! I loved it

Love the concept and actually being in the taxis – the drivers did an excellent job! Amazing! 

I loved that it will be performed in the taxi themselves, felt like it was giving a platform to unheard voices that I hear all the time! Authentic, specific voices. 

I think it’s a wonderful idea – a piece of immersive theatre that brings us back to grass roots guerrilla theatre. Would love to experience it in situ.