Life as a young British Muslim woman

Ambreen Razia wrote and stars in The Diary of a Hounslow Girl. Picture: Talula Sheppard ANL-160605-150512001
Ambreen Razia wrote and stars in The Diary of a Hounslow Girl. Picture: Talula Sheppard ANL-160605-150512001

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.

Ambreen Razia’s witty debut is being staged at The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on May 24 and 25 and challenges stereotypes of young British Muslim women, exploring the demands of a traditional Muslim upbringing in the face of London’s temptations.

The play 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.”

Ambreen Razia is a writer and actress from South London. She has performed at venues including The Old Vic, Ovalhouse, The National Theatre and has just finished filming with the BBC.

Her recent credits include No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (2015), Mind The Gap (2015), After All This (2015) and BBC Three’s Murdered by my Father (2016).

This is Ambreen’s debut play; originally commissioned by and performed at Ovalhouse in 2015 as part of their 33% London programme. Ambreen had previously performed The Diary of a Hounslow Girl as a monologue at Triforce’s MonologueSlam UK in 2014.

For tickets call 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.