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. 

Zia Ahmed has written one of the most exciting debut plays we’ve come across in years. In partnership with Tamasha, we’re hitting the road on a national tour with the tender and lyrical love story I WANNA BE YOURS, a co-production with Tamasha, directed by our former Trainee Director Anna Himali Howard.

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. In 2016 he was one of the commissioned writers for the London leg of Paines Plough’s ongoing COME TO WHERE I’M FROM series.



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


04 December - 18 January: Bush Theatre, London