“I used to be a taxi driver and now I’m a playwright who drives a taxi. I feel privileged that Tamasha has afforded me the opportunity to express myself, otherwise my voice as a northern British Asian would be muted and my attempts to open a window on a largely unexplored world would be firmly shut.”
1. a position in a game of snooker or pool in which a player cannot make a direct shot at any permitted ball;
2 . (UK slang) to be in a difficult situation; to be thwarted, defeated or trapped.
2-8 February, Oldham Coliseum Theatre at the Oldham University Campus
Snookered is the first stage production written by Middlesbrough-based writer Ishy Din.
On the sixth anniversary of T’s death, his four friends meet for a game of pool and a few drinks to honour his memory. Secrets are revealed and allegiances shift as quickly as the drinks are downed. The four young men struggle with their guilt and work out whether their friendship can survive the evening.
Snookered -by Ishy Din, commissioned by Tamasha and developed through their Developing Artists
Directed by Iqbal Khan, designed by Ciaran Bagnall
Cast: Jaz Deol, Asif Khan, Muzz Khan, Michael Luxton, Peter Singh
The UK tour begins in Oldham on 2 February staying until the 8th then around the country to 5 April 2012.
More about Ishy-
Ishy Din’s career has ranged from video shop and restaurant ventures, to selling mobile phones and driving minicabs. During this time, he developed an ear for characters, dialogue and storylines. His first play John Barnes Saved My Life was shortlisted as part of Radio 5 Live’s Sports Shorts competition and broadcast in 2004. He wrote a piece for the BBC1 Brief Encounters series (2005); has written for BBC Radio Newcastle; and came second in the British Asian writing competition BANG! in 2007 (run by Oldham Coliseum and Tamasha). Following his subsequent participation in the Tamasha Developing Artists new writing course, Tamasha commissioned Snookered. The company has commissioned his second play Approaching Empty, part of a trilogy about the experiences of different generations of British Pakistani men in contemporary England.
Ishy is currently developing a radio play with Pacificus Productions; working on a piece about identity in the north-east of England with Tees Valley Arts; and on an idea for a new musical as an Associate of OffWestEnd.com’s Adopt a Playwright Award. He was recently awarded a bursary from the Pearson Playwriting scheme and will be Royal Exchange Manchester Pearson Playwright in Residence 2012.