Image: Mo played by Khan Hanif

Taxi Tales TV 

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 

A Tamasha & Ishy Din co-production

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/screenwriter, Ishy Din, and directed by BAFTA award-winner Ben Anthony. 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 take you on a journey through Middlesbrough, in and out of the cabs of three very different 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 announcement of a broadcast date.

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Audience feedback from the live shows

"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!"

"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"