I Wanna Be Yours

by Zia Ahmed
Paines Plough and Tamasha in association with Bush Theatre
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I move clockwise. You move counter clockwise. In the middle we meet. We kiss.

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 Zia Ahmed. The show is fully BSL integrated.

I Wanna Be Yours was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

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A poetic, modern day love story that uses movement, music and gorgeous language and BSL interpretation to tell this tender story
Within Her Words
A touching debut, beautifully delivered
Time Out
Powerful pieces of imagery and magic realism beautifully signed by actress and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter Rachael Merry
(Zia Ahmed's) first play is impressively confident, quirky and textured.
The Stage
Deceptively light but deeply felt love story... a terrifically engaging evening
Stage Door
There’s a magic to Anna Himali Howard’s production in the way it mingles forms to evoke... highwire pressure of intense young love.
The Evening Standard
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Rachael Merry
Rachael is an actor and BSL/English interpreter who is delighted to be working with Paines Plough this autumn for I WANNA BE YOURS  A member and associate artist of the DH Ensemble, she is a previous resident artist with GLYPT (Donut Worry R&D) and most recently can be seen as Ellie in DeafFest UK award winning short film AVA (Grint & Ash Collaboration). Other credits include: Librarian in ALMOST (BSLBT/Flashing Lights Media); Evil Queen in MIRROR MIRROR (Red Earth Theatre UK Tours); Shiny in SMALL WORLD (BSLBT/Mutt & Jeff Pictures); Mrs Yellow in MR RED AND MRS YELLOW (Handprint Theatre). Rachael holds a first class degree in Theatre Arts, Education & Deaf Studies from The University of Reading and recently completed her role coordinating the youth programme for Deafinitely Theatre Company.
Emily Stott
Emily trained at The Oxford School of Drama and is a founding member of the award-winning theatre company Wildcard (ELECTROLYTE, 17, AFTER PARTY) Theatre credits include: IF NOT NOW, WHEN? (Dorfman, National Theatre); THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY (Mischief Theatre/Criterion Theatre); GIFTED (Pleasance); THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Watermill Theatre); GLITTER PUNCH (VAULT Festival); THE KITCHEN SINK (Oldham Coliseum); INSIDE PUSSY RIOT (Les Enfants Terribles/Saatchi Gallery); PANCAKE DAY (The Bunker); EARLY DOORS (Not Too Tame/UK tour); THE SELFISH GIANT (Arcola Theatre). TV credits include: VERA (ITV).
Ragevan Vasan
Television credits include: SAVE ME, FORTITUDE (Sky Atlantic); THE STATE (Channel 4); CUFFS, DOCTORS (BBC). Film credits include: DUMBO (Disney); DAPHNE (The Bureau Film Company); WALK LIKE A PANTHER (FOX Searchlight); THE LAST WITNESS (Film Polska Productions). Stage credits include: THE VILLAGE (Theatre Royal Stratford East); HURLING RUBBLE AT THE SUN/MOON (Park Theatre); LOVE FOR LOVE, QUEEN ANNE (Royal Shakespeare Company).

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Robyn Wilson
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20 Jan
Saw #IWannaBeYours @bushtheatre last night and lord that is good theatre!! A fantastic play and the performances ar… https://t.co/6IrADSPVsV
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18 Jan
Saw #IWannaBeYours @bushtheatre last night and lord that is good theatre!! A fantastic play and the performances ar… https://t.co/6IrADSPVsV
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18 Jan
So glad I caught #IWannaBeYours @bushtheatre Funny, moving, infuriating, relatable, sad, adorable, real - effortle… https://t.co/X6qe4qXIc0
Ann Lecker
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18 Jan
Loved #iwannabeyours @bushtheatre last night. Congrats to #ziaahmed for talking about race, class and politics thro… https://t.co/TEQoB6YyZp
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16 Jan
What a start to a theatrical year! 80 beautifully written minutes, fabulously acted and signed, and definitely not… https://t.co/8itqoznWcJ
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18 Jan

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