ABOUT THE SHOW
The widely acclaimed debut play from London Laureate and poetry slam champion Zia Ahmed, I Wanna Be Yours, is a modern-day romance that asks whether love really is all you need.
Haseeb and Ella meet at a performance workshop. From opposite sides of the Thames, he’s a poet and she’s an actor hired to help him with his enunciation. Their attraction is immediate. They start dating, get serious and fall in love. Soon there is each other’s family and friends to navigate, and then big questions about the future – moving in together, marriage, children. Does it matter that Haseeb is British–Pakistani and Ella’s a white girl from Yorkshire? Can their love surpass the cultural and physical boundaries between them?
Through short, striking vignettes, Zia Ahmed builds an authentic and insightful picture of contemporary, cross-cultural courtship. Ahmed's performance poetry background is evident in his evocative and playful use of language, imagery and symbolism, which combine for a delightful mix of humour, heartbreak and hope. A compelling and topical work of extraordinary vitality, this production of I Wanna Be Yours for MTC’s Education and Families Program stars Eleanor Barkla and Oz Malik and is directed by Melbourne Theatre Company Resident Director Tasnim Hossain. It promises to be a powerful, lyrical and big-hearted night of theatre.
Cast & Creatives
Set & Costume Designer
Mufeez Al Haq
Composer & Sound Designer
Voice & Dialect Coach
Dialect Coach (UK)
Script Notes with Oz Malik and Eleanor Barkla
Oz Malik and Eleanor Barkla discuss their script notes for I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed.
Communicating emotion through sound
Composer and Sound Designer Mufeez Al Haq discusses his work on I Wanna Be Yours.
Would you rather...?
Get to know the cast of I Wanna Be Yours as they play 'Would you rather...?' inspired by Zia Ahmed's script.
Rehearsing I Wanna Be Yours
Scroll through this gallery to see the cast and creative team of I Wanna Be Yours prepare to bring this lyrical, modern-day romance to the stage.
I Wanna Be Yours programme
Learn more about I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed and the artists bringing it to life in our immersive, digital programme.
The world of I Wanna Be Yours
Director Tasnim Hossain and actors Eleanor Barkla and Oz Malik introduce the world of I Wanna Be Yours by London writer Zia Ahmed.
Oz Malik on playing Haseeb
Actor Oz Malik discusses his character, Haseeb, in I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed.
Eleanor Barkla on playing Ella
Actor Eleanor Barkla discusses her character, Ella, in I Wanna Be Yours by Zia Ahmed.
Designing I Wanna Be Yours
Set & Costume Designer Kat Chan condenses and abstracts London in her designs for I Wanna Be Yours.
I Wanna Be Yours trailer
Get your first look at Eleanor Barkla and Oz Malik together in the trailer for the modern-day romance I Wanna Be Yours.