Ambreen Razia with Black Theatre Live

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

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Duration: 85 mins, no interval

You've heard of an Essex Girl, maybe even a Chelsea Girl. Now meet the Hounslow Girl who's geared up and ready to take on the world.

From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this funny, bold, provocative play highlights the tensions and challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences of growing up in and around London.

A comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16 year-old British Muslim girl growing up in West London, the debut play of South-London writer Ambreen Razia who recently featured in Murdered by my Father (BBC Three) and No Heart, No Guts, No Glory (BBC Four).

Written and performed by Ambreen Razia. Originally commissioned by Ovalhouse.

Image credit: Talula Shepard.

​Black Theatre Live Late: a short discussion on Theatre and Identity

What is identity? Does theatre affect the way we see ourselves?

Join us after the Friday 20th May performance of The Diary of a Hounslow Girl by Ambreen Razia at Stratford Circus Arts Centre for a short discussion.

The session, hosted by Black Theatre Live and Kings College, London will be an informal group discussion focussed on exploring race, gender and identity within the context of theatre in the UK. Chaired by Kings College academic student Toonika Guha.

The discussion will be recorded for a larger study undertaken by Kings College with Black Theatre Live, supported by the Audience Agency.

Friday 20th May
Discussion up to 45 mins

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A schools performance is available.


Stratford Circus Arts Centre is delighted to be a founding partner of Black Theatre Live, a pioneering national consortium of eight regional theatres led by Tara Arts.

The consortium are committed to effecting change for BAME touring theatre through a sustainable three-year programme of national touring, structural support and audience development supported by Arts Council England.

Useful to know

Age Guidance: 14+ due to some some strong language.

It may not be possible for us to let latecomers in once the show has started.