Writer and actress Ambreen Razia is back with a new thriller which reveals the hidden lives of Britain’s invisible children, adrift in the care system at the mercy of gang culture in 'POT'.

In the year that has seen knife crime in the UK soar to an unprecedented level, writer and actress Ambreen Razia, whose hugely successful Diary of a Hounslow Girl has been commissioned by BB Three for a pilot, presents the corrupt and violent world of inner city gang culture.

Ambreen will once again be collaborating with director Sophie Moniram, one of The Old Vic 12 class of 2018.

POT delves into the lives of Britain’s invisible children, adrift in the care system and inadvertently impacted by gang culture.16-year-old Louisa wakes up in a flat on her estate with her erratic and unstable boyfriend Josh missing and a notorious drug dealer on her back.

A young man, Miles, who is clearly concealing his own troubled past has been appointed her protector. Time is running out as Louisa must decide whether to do the right thing whilst a series of revelations suggest everything is not as it seems.

Ambreen Razia said, “POT is a raw tale set in inner-city London and it pulls no punches. It raises questions about why young people who leave care, form families on the streets.

"I want to capture these stories which go untold, the voices which echo from the underbelly of our cities; nobody should be exempt from seeing themselves reflected back at them.

"I believe that through theatre we can help tell stories which centre around young people who are unheard, mis-represented or exploited, enabling us to break down misconceptions and dismantle damaging stereotypes.

Ambreen Razia is an actress & writer from South London. Her critically acclaimed debut play Diary of a Hounslow Girl, commissioned by Ovalhouse, toured nationally with Black Theatre Live and House Theatre, featured at Alchemy Festival, Southbank and has been commissioned as a TV pilot for BBC Three.

Ambreen was named Best Newcomer at the Asian Media Awards 2016.

Director Sophie Moniram was an Assistant Director on the critically acclaimed production of Yerma at the Young Vic and is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre. 

POT has been commissioned by Ovalhouse and supported by Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Directed by Sophie Moniram Written by Ambreen Razia
Dramaturgy by Neil Grutchfield  Produced by Rua Arts 

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26-29 Sept Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London
Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
020 8279 1080 

2 Oct   Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Beaumont St, Hexham NE46 3LS
www.queenshall.co.uk | 01434 652477
4 Oct   Brighton Dome at Dorothy Stringer School, Brighton
Loder Rd, Brighton BN1 6PZ
www.brightondome.org | 01273 709709
5 Oct  The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton
Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL
www.thebrewhouse.net | 01823 283 244
9 – 20 Oct Ovalhouse, London
Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
www.ovalhouse.com| 020 7582 7680
25 Oct Old Fire Station, Oxford
George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ
 www.oldfirestation.org.uk| 01865 263990
26 Oct  Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London
Town Hall Approach Rd, London N15 4RX
www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk | 020 8365 5450