The children’s Arabian fantasy, 1001 Nights, is set to cast its magic over audiences, in a national tour announced today by Kent-based Transport Theatre Company.
Devised and directed by Transport’s artistic director Douglas Rintoul, this Transport/ Unicorn co-production first made its début at the Unicorn Theatre in 2013 where it was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Production for Young People.
The show will tour the UK between May 5–July 5, beginning at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.
Based around the timeless folk tales of The Arabian Nights, the enduring Islamic tales are collected and brought to life for a modern young audience by Shahrazad, a young girl torn between her home in Syria and her new life in the UK.
Using everyday objects, the bookish Shaharazad fashions saucepans into crowns, old pipes into enchanted telescopes and a mop into a magic carpet to transport us into an imagined and fantastical world of kings viziers and jinns.
Director Douglas Rintoul uses the power of storytelling to examine complex subjects such as the passage of time, the concept of distance and our affinity to places.
Names of the places in the stories that Shahrazad weaves will have new associations for audiences today: Basra, Baghdad, Mosul, Aleppo, Damascus, and ongoing events in the Middle-East have shaped and informed Transport’s adaptation.
The production stars Samantha Béart as Shahrazad, Krystian Godlewski as Father, and Keshini Misha.
Tour dates: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, May 5–May 7; Cornerstone, Didcot, May 10; Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre, May 11; Maltings, Farnham, May 15; Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, May 16-18; Quarterhouse, Folkstone, May 22-24; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, May 25; The North Wall, Oxford, May 27; The Edge, Chorlton, May 29; The Boo, Waterfoot, May 30; Burnley Arts Centre, May 31; Unicorn Theatre, London, June 5-22; The Egg, Bath, June 27-28; Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, July 1; Derby Theatre, July 5.