Acerbic comedy The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl plays for one night at artsdepot as part of a continuing national tour throughout 2017.
A British Muslim teenager faces a conflict of cultures in this coming of age story set in the heart of Hounslow. Told through the sharp, straight-talking voice of an aspirational 16 year old British Muslim girl, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl returns as emerging actress Nyla Levy takes on the lead role in Ambreen Razia’s witty debut following its 2016 national tour. This original work, which was nominated for Best Stage Production at the Asian Media Awards 2016, follows the typical life of a “Hounslow Girl” – young Muslim women who wear big hooped earrings along with their headscarves – to challenge stereotypes of young British Muslim women.
Playwright Razia offers an astute take on negotiating the hurdles of conservative family values alongside the challenges of teenage life in West London, through her experiences from traditional Pakistani weddings to teenage romance.The Diary of a Hounslow Girl’s humorous approach seeks to upturn stereotypes and bridge generational rifts with a comic yet resonant approach to present-day dilemmas in the face of age-old tradition. Ambreen Razia said,
“I’m proud of the success The Diary of a Hounslow Girl has had. The response from audiences has been fantastic and it’s great to have the opportunity to tour it to 13 new venues this Spring with House Theatre. As a writer, it’s exciting to see Nyla take on the role of Shaheeda with a fresh energy. I can’t wait to see the show with Nyla performing.”
Levy is an actor, writer and theatre maker. She wrote her first play Normal with a bit of OOMPH!, a verbatim / documentary style piece exploring female body image. Recently, Levy was selected by the Lyric Hammersmith to join their programme for young writers – Development Lab – which she continues to work with on her next project Does My Bomb Look Big In This? Nyla is also co-Artistic Director of Two’s Company, who have been announced as one of the New Diorama Theatre’s Emerging Companies 2016/17.
artsdepot was named Independent Cultural Venue of the Year at the Dot London Awards in 2016. Since opening in 2004 the award-winning venue has had its roots firmly in the community, nurturing young talent, and engaging with people through participation and outreach projects, whilst presenting artists from across the globe. With its vibrant programme of performances and exhibitions, artsdepot surprises and thrills audiences of all ages. A thriving venue, artsdepot welcomes over 140,000 visitors every year, people who come to watch, learn or be inspired. With its stunning architecture, welcoming public spaces and diverse programme artsdepot creates space for the imagination.
The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl plays the artsdepot on 30 March 2017. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website.