January 2019 — April 2019

Approaching Empty

by Ishy Din, directed by Pooja Ghai

Tamasha, Kiln Theatre and Live Theatre present

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.


Kiln Theatre

London, NW6

09 Jan — 02 Feb

Live Theatre

Newcastle, BE1

06 Feb — 23 Feb

Tron Theatre

Glasgow, G1

05 Mar

Assembly Roxy

Edinburgh, EH8

08 Mar — 09 Mar

Derby Theatre

Derby, DE1

13 Mar — 15 Mar

Belgrade Theatre

Coventry, CV1

20 Mar — 23 Mar

Curve Theatre

Leicester, LE1

28 Mar — 30 Mar

Queen's Theatre

Hornchurch, RM11

02 Apr — 06 Apr

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oldham, OL1

11 Apr — 13 Apr

Creative Team

Writer Ishy Din
“I wrote on a laptop in the cab in-between jobs.” Ishy Din sits down with The Stage
Ishy Din: Driving a taxi made me a better playwright – BBC
Ishy Din, writer of Approaching Empty, sits down with EasternEye

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

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


Kammy Darweish


Nicholas Khan


Rina Fatania


Nicholas Prasad


Karan Gill


Maanuv Thiara



  • The Stage

"Directed with pace and clarity by Pooja Ghai... an entertaining and well-crafted drama"

  • BritishTheatre.com


  • LondonTheatre1