I Wanna Be Yours

Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the room.

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.

An exploration of romantic love, understanding, patience, empathy and the struggle that Ella and Haseeb must embark on in order to find a way for their love to survive.

I WANNA BE YOURS is the debut play from Zia Ahmed.


Who is Zia Ahmed? (Writer)

Zia is from North West London. He is part of the London Laureates, having been shortlisted for London's Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion and a Writer in residence at Paines Plough as part of Channel 4's Playwright Scheme in 2017. He is currently part of the Bush Theatre's emerging writers group and and is under commission to write poems for Freeword and Southbank centre.

Who is Anna Himali Howard? (Director)

Anna Himali Howard is a director and theatremaker. She was Paines Plough's Trainee Director in 2016. She is also a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry. Her work includes:

Director: ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre), LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham REP/mac birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT).

Theatremaker: MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People's Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016)

Associate Director: FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour).

Assistant Director: OTHELLO, dir. Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare's Globe), IN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) by Nina Segal, dir. Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre).

This performance is BSL Integrated


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