Daytime Deewane (2022)

White Horse Road
10 Nov - 2 Dec 2022
Age range: 13+
Daytime Deewane updated poster
  • by Azan Ahmed

The end of an era is approaching. It’s 1997 and London is about to have its last daytime rave.

British South Asians flock for their last taste of rebellion. Among them are cousins Farhan and Sadiq. Both very different. Both escaping something. Both trying to decide what it means to be British and Pakistani, a Muslim and a man – and they’ve got until 6pm to figure it out.

Inspired by the daytime raves of 1990s British Asian culture, Daytime Deewane explored the beauty and struggle of living with a multi-cultural identity as a teenager. Featuring spoken word and a DJ mix merging soundscapes and dance music, this immersive new show is an exhilarating gig theatre experience.

Daytime Deewane was initially developed as part of Narratives of Empathy and Resilience, a major artform development project that took place in 2021 and was a continuation of Half Moon’s long-term ambition to create stories that reflect our diverse community, as well as support under-represented artists in developing their practice.

The show toured to nine venues in November and December 2023.

On 12 February 2023 Azan Ahmed won the Theatre for Young Audiences Off West End Offies Award for Best Writing, for Daytime Deewane.

In January 2023 Daytime Deewane became a finalist for three Off West End Offies Awards for Theatre for Young Audiences. The show was a finalist for:

⭐️ PERFOMANCE: Omi Mantri and Ryan Rajan Mal
⭐️ WRITING: Azan Ahmed

In January 2023 Daytime Deewane was also nominated in the Everything Theatre Fringe Theatre Awards, or Etties for short, for Best Theatre for Young Audiences.

The production contained references to self-harm. As part of depicting the experience of British South Asians in the 1990s, at times characters in the play referred to language which is racially offensive.

Supported by the Garrick Charitable Trust.

You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.

Production photos

Cast List

  • Omi Mantri Farhan
  • Ryan Rajan Mal Sadiq
  • Azan Ahmed Voice
  • Oneil Ahmed Voice
  • Shabnam Ahmed Voice

Creative Team



2023 Offies Award Ceremony

Rehearsal photos

Video interviews with the cast and production team

Model box and set images

Press and audience comments

Miscellaneous and on tour

Interview with Azan Ahmed

Script extract

Thank you

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