We are delighted to be announcing our full tour of Zia Ahmed’s I WANNA BE YOURS.
Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb.
“I think I’m falling in love with you.”
People and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Megabuses. London to Leeds.
Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the room.
A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got, I WANNA BE YOURS is the debut play from London Laureate and Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion Zia Ahmed. I WANNA BE YOURS is a co-production with Tamasha, and is directed by former Paines Plough trainee director Anna Himali Howard.
We’ll tour England as follows:
16 – 19 October: The Albany Canada Water Hub, Canada Water
21 October: Studio 3 Arts, Barking
22 October: Luton Culture, Luton
24 October: Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven
25 October: Unity Theatre, Liverpool
28 October: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
29 October: Ventnor Exchange, Ventnor
30 October – The Old Market, Brighton
31 October – South Hill Park, Bracknell
01 November: Trestle Arts Centre, St Albans
02 November: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant
04 November: The Key Theatre, Peterborough
05 November: The Marlowe, Canterbury
06 November: Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon
07 November: Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
08 November: Electric Theatre, Guildford
11 November: Octagon Theatre, Bolton
12 November: Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough
13 November: The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
14 November: Artrix, Bromsgrove
15 November: Derby Theatre, Derby
16 November: East Riding Theatre, Beverley
19 November: CAST, Doncaster
20 November: Norden Farm, Maidenhead
21 November: The Garage, Norwich
22 November: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln
23 November: The Edge, Manchester
26 November: Preston Continental
27 November: Arts Centre Washington
28 November: Selby Town Hall, Selby
29 November: Square Chapel, Halifax
30 November: The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed
About Zia Ahmed:
Zia is from North West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion. Zia was Paines Plough’s Channel 4 Playwright in Residence 2016/2017.
About Anna Himali-Howard:
Anna is a director and theatremaker. She was Paines Plough’s Trainee Director in 2016. She is also an Alumni Artist at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry.
Her work as a Director includes A SMALL PLACE by Jamaica Kincaid (Gate Theatre), ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre), LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham REP/mac Birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT). As a theatremaker work includes MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People’s Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016). Anna was Associate Director on FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour) and Assistant Director on OTHELLO, directed by Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare’s Globe) and IN THE NIGHT TIME (Before the Sun Rises) by Nina Segal, directed by Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre).
I WANNA BE YOURS was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.