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Preview: Diary of a Hounslow Girl at Hexham Queen’s Hall

Ambreen Razia with Black Theatre Live present
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl
Hexham Queen’s Hall Arts Centre,
Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th June 2016

A British Muslim teenager faces a conflict of cultures in this coming of age comedy set in the heart of Hounslow.

Written by Ambreen Razia and directed by Sophie Moniram, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is an acerbic comedy told through the sharp, straight-talking voice of an aspirational 16 year old British Muslim girl, this original work uncovers the typical life of a “Hounslow Girl” – young Muslim women who wear big hooped earrings along with their headscarves.

Ambreen Razia’s witty debut challenges stereotypes of young British Muslim women, exploring the demands of a traditional Muslim upbringing in the face of London’s temptations.

Ambreen Razia offers an astute take on negotiating the hurdles of conservative family values alongside the challenges of teenage life in West London, retelling her experiences from traditional Pakistani weddings to teenage romance with a fast-paced narrative.

 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.

Speaking about the show, Ambreen said “As a British Pakistani writer and actress my aim was to create a story based on contemporary characters from my generation, and explore how young people of our generation deal with the different types of adolescent pressures whilst trying to assimilate their foreign identity with their British identity.”

Hounslow Girl is the third production from Black Theatre Live, a pioneering consortium of 8 regional theatres, including Queen’s Hall Arts in Hexham, committed to increasing the amount of Black and Ethnic Minority theatre on the touring circuit. It follows Black Theatre Live’s previous success with Macbeth as well as the recent tour of Pitch Lake Productions’ She Called Me Mother, starring Bafta award nominated actress Cathy Tyson.

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Running Time: 60 Minutes
Suitable for ages 14+ (Some swearing)

Cast & Creatives:
Written and performed by Ambreen Razia               
Directed by Sophie Moniram    
Lighting Design by Paul O’Shaughnessy                    
Set and Costume Design by PetraHjortsberg
Dramaturgy by Neil Grutchfield                                   
Project Management by Maeve O'Neill

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl will be at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham on Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.00 - £13.00 and available from the Box Office 01434 652477 or online at


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