The Diary of a Hounslow Girl
by Ambreen Razia
- You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl but what is a Hounslow Girl? The term has become a byword for confident, young Muslim women who are grappling with traditional values, city life and fashion.
- Monologue/one-woman play: a strong role for female performers, and perfect (fresh, dynamic, new) content for auditions, and showcases… especially good for those looking for comic material.
- Ambreen Razia Best Newcomer 2016 Asian Media Awards
You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl and now there is a Hounslow Girl, geared up and ready to take on the world. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim teenager growing up in West London.
From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus this is a funny, bold, provocative play highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman from a traditional Muslim family alongside the temptations and influences growing up in London.
First, there was Bridget Jones’s Diary, then Legally Blonde, but now there is The Diary of a Hounslow Girl geared up to take on the world.
A comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age.
“a powerful piece of theatre… Ambreen Razia’s performance is astonishing.” BritishTheatre.com
“Razia proves to be as talented a writer as she is a performer. This is a sophisticated, moving and often very funny piece of writing, particularly nuanced in its depiction of Shaheeda’s relationship with her mother. A smart, astute, and funny play about the life a British-Pakistani teenager.” The Stage
“Ambreen Razia is cutting, mocking and empathetic by turns.” Theatre Bubble
“This simultaneously amusing and poignant show reminds us that behind every seemingly surly and irascible teenager is a person just as human as we are.”
“A fresh and hilarious play written and performed by such a talented lady that I did not just enjoy the play, I was completely and utterly impressed by it.” Everything Theatre
About the author
Ambreen Razia is an actress and writer from South London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is Ambreen’s debut show which premiered at Ovalhouse in 2015. Passionate about re-establishing British Asian comedy within the UK, she continues to write her comedy sketch show involving two British Asian girls exploring the clash between traditional Indian/Pakistani culture and modern British life. She is also currently writing her next play POT primarily focusing on the recent comeback of gang culture within the UK.
Performance credits include: On the Middle Day (Old Vic Theatre); Words and Women (Edinburgh Fringe); Random Acts (Channel 4); Fair Exchange (Hen and Chickens Theatre); Variations on a Theme (Camden People’s Theatre); Mind the Gap (National Theatre); No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (BBC4/Perth Festival Australia) and Murdered by my Father (BBC3).
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