Playwright Ishy Din dicusses new play Snookered
The former cabbie aims to create multi-layered characters that transcend cultural divides
The latest production from London-based theatre company Tamasha explores the issues faced by young men reaching adulthood and how the choices they make inform the rest of their lives. In Snookered four friends meet for a tense drink on the anniversary of the death of a member of their group.
‘Everyone brings a lot of baggage to this night,’ explains author Ishy Din. ‘By the end you have the impression that these guys will never go for a drink again.’
Describing himself as ‘a magpie’, Din takes inspiration from his former life as a taxi driver to create work that relies heavily on multi-layered characters. ‘I must have spoken to about 160,000 people over the years. That gives you an insight into the whole spectrum of human nature.’
While the play focuses on characters that are northern British Muslim, Din insists that the subject matter is universal.
‘It’s about men. Who happen to be Asian. We need to break down stereotypes of what different communities are about, whether Asian or British. The only way to do this is to tell a story that people on both sides are going to relate to.’
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 16–Sat 18 Feb.