1001 Nights from Transport goes on tour

Date Posted: 19/04/2014

Theatre company Transport has announced a UK tour of its production of 1001 Nights for ages seven and over. 1001 Nights will open at the New Wolsey theatre in Ipswich on 5th May, with a run at the Unicorn Theatre, London from 5th to 22nd June.

Devised and directed by Transport Theatre’s artistic director Douglas Rintoul, the production premiered at the Unicorn Theatre in 2013, where it was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Production for Young People.

1001 Nights: a synopsis

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 Shahrazad fashions saucepans into crowns, old pipes into enchanted telescopes and a mop into a magic carpet to transport audiences into an imagined and fantastical world of kings, viziers and jinns.

Names of the places in the play will have new associations for school groups today: Basra, Baghdad, Mosul, Aleppo, Damascus, and ongoing events in the Middle East are part of Transport’s adaptation.

1001 Nights tour dates

·         Ipswich, New Wolsey: 5th – 7th May

·         Didcot, Cornerstone:10th May

·         Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 11th May

·         Farnham Maltings:15th May

·         Canterbury, Gulbenkian:16th – 18th May

·         Folkestone, Quarterhouse:22nd – 24th May

·         Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre:25th May

·         Oxford, The North Wall: 27th May

·         Manchester, The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre: 29thMay

·         Lancashire, The Boo:30th May

·         Burnley Arts Centre:31st May

·         London, Unicorn Theatre:5th – 22nd June

·         Bath, The Egg:27th – 28th June

·         Norden Farm Centre for the Arts:1st July

·         Derby Theatre Studio:5th July

For further school trip information visit www.transport-theatre.eu/1001-nights.

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