Adapted by Dominic Cooke
Directed by Polly Beauwin
Thursday 23rd November to Saturday 25th November 2017
Read-through: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Audition: Wednesday 13th September 2017
As the nights grow longer, it is time for a feast of storytelling.
Join us, as Shahrazad tells the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the Little Beggar, Sindbad the Sailor, the Envious Sisters, in order to save her life.
The enchantment begins as Shahrazad whispers “listen…”
I loved this play from the moment I read it, and I hope you will too! It is very much a “Q2 show” – minimal/no set, few but imaginative props, and lots of opportunities for actors to use their imagination and have a great deal of fun in the process.
The play is episodic, though there are some roles which will recur throughout the show: Shahrazad, her sister Dinarzad, their father the Vizier and the Sultan, Shahrayar, but some of the other parts will make even greater demands on the actors’ abilities and imaginations. It’s definitely a case of “no small parts, just small actors” – so prove it!
Fun is the key word with this show. I want us to have fun rehearsing it and the audience to have fun watching it. It’s going to be a major team effort and we’ll play around a great deal in rehearsals to find the best way to tackle the stories – hard work, but fun work.
The backstage crew will be absolutely vital to this show, and very much part of the team. Stage management, lights, sound, costume, props, and prompt will be an integral part of the creative team, so if you are interested in helping in any of these capacities, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.
We are still looking for some crew members for Arabian Nights so please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.