Approaching Empty with Tamasha TheatreKristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Did you miss Approaching Empty when it played at Oldham Coliseum last year? You’re in luck. This razor-sharp Northern drama is available online for 2 weeks. Watch (or rewatch!) this celebrated play from 21 July from the comfort of your own home.
Penned by taxi driver-turned-playwright Ishy Din, Approaching Empty is set following Margaret Thatcher’s death and explores the effect of her legacy on two immigrants.
Din’s previous work Snookered (winner of Best New Play at the Manchester Theatre Awards), examined the aspirations of young British Muslims; in Approaching Empty, Din lays bare the struggles faced by the post-industrial generation of older British men of Pakistani origin.
In a scruffy minicab office, Mansha takes control of his own destiny and proposes to buy the taxi company from his long-standing friend Raf. However, as the stark realities of the state of the business are slowly revealed, the two friends have to face the difficulties of entering into a business, with those close to them.
Recommended for ages 14+, with some strong language, Approaching Empty is a perceptive, sharp and entertaining play with some great comic moments.
Presented by Tamasha Theatre, Live Theatre and Kiln Theatre, the play has a running time of approximately two hours.