I don’t live too far from Hounslow, and I was excited by the idea of seeing a play set locally, even if I had to head East to Stratford to do so. Written and directed by Ambreen Razia, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is about a Muslim teenage girl and her struggles to grow up and fit in. It deals with faith, family and friendship, all in a one-woman show.
Protagonist Shaheeda is a highly relatable yet very appealing teenager; full of attitude yet intelligent and likeable. Razia gives a highly compelling performance as her and keeps things varied with highly effective impersonations of various friends and family members
The whole show is set in Shaheeda’s bedroom: she confides to us, the audience, as if we were the diary of the title, telling us about her protective mother, her first love, and arguments with her friends. During the show Shaheeda must come to a big decision: it’s rewarding to watch her character grow and mature over the course of the play.
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is worth seeing whether you are a teenage girl or not. Warm-hearted, funny and thought provoking, it’s a fascinating insight.