Forget business, this is war…

In a scruffy minicab office, Mansha decides it’s time to create his own destiny and offers to buy a business from his lifelong friend Raf. As the realities of the state of the business slowly unravel, these two best friends must confront the difficulties of going into business with those closest to them.

Set in North East England, in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, this compelling drama lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial generation of South Asian British men.

Ishy Din is a taxi driver from Middlesbrough whose first short theatre script £1.50 to Pay came second in the British Asian writing competition BANG held by Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Tamasha Theatre and BBC Writers Room in 2007. His first full length play Snookered – a comedy set in a Middlesbrough pool hall – premiered at University Campus Oldham as part of the Coliseum’s Out and About Season in 2012, winning the Manchester Theatre Award for Best New Play, before opening at London’s Bush Theatre to further critical acclaim.

Approaching Empty runs from Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 April at Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

Tickets can be booked on 0161 624 2829 or at


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