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ARAB NIGHTS
06 December 12 - 08 December 12

ONLINE BOOKING
All transaction charges are now dropped. You will no longer be charged for booking online or for using a card. The only charge will be for postage (£1.00) - and you can choose to collect your tickets from the Box Office instead!

ARAB NIGHTS
Metta Theatre present
Six tales of revolution in a modern-day Arabian Nights
The Tale of Sinbad and The Old Goat
The Tale of the Enchanted River Brides
The Tale of the Lady of Damascus
The Tale of the Dictator's Wife
The Tale of the Two Djinnis and The Wall
The Tale in His Mind
Queen Shahrazad needs to survive for just one more night - can her stories save her?

An Arabian Nights for a modern age, responding to events of the Arab Revolutions in this potent and compelling collection of short plays by writers from around the world.
Meet diabolical djinnis, a latter-day Sinbad and a shoe-obsessed dictator's wife in this collection of six new plays inspired by recent events in the Middle East and North Africa.

From the stirring to the satirical, Metta Theatre bring these compelling stories to life with their signature mix of performances, puppetry and live music to create an Arabian Nights for a modern age.

Arab Nights writers include: Baghdad Wedding playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak (Iraq); an anoymous writer (Iran); storyteller Chirine El Ansary (Egypt); journalist Ghalia Kabbani (Syria); live artist Tania El Khoury (Lebanon); and Orwell Prize-winning novelist Raja Shehadeh (Palestine).

The production is directed by Metta Theatre's Artistic Director, Poppy Burton-Morgan and and designed by co-Artistic Director of Metta Theatre, William Reynolds. The music, both recorded and live, is a fusion of classical Arabic and contemporary Western music, creating a rich and evocative soundscape, composed by award-winning young female Lebanese composer Bushra El Turk.





 

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ARAB NIGHTS reviews and photos from its opening in London
ARAB NIGHTS reviews and photos from its opening in London
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****exquisite…impressive… the physical wit and economical elegance carry you on into empathy, beyond the daily horror of the headlines.“  The Times

Visually inventive… immensely striking… Poppy Burton-Morgan’s production skilfully uses everything from puppetry to hi tech“ The Guardian


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ARAB NIGHTS trailer
ARAB NIGHTS trailer
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Director Poppy Burton-Morgan interviewed by Theatre Voice for ARAB NIGHTS
Director Poppy Burton-Morgan interviewed by Theatre Voice for ARAB NIGHTS
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The co-artistic director of Metta Theatre tells Sophie Reynolds about ARAB NIGHTS, the company’s new production which brings together six new plays inspired by recent events in the Middle East and North Africa, within the framework of The Arabian Nights.

http://www.theatrevoice.com/8986/arab-nights-tales-of-revolution-and-hope/


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Egyptian writer Chirine El Ansary
Egyptian writer Chirine El Ansary's blog for ARAB NIGHTS
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Arab Nights - Chirine's Letter

 
Just one week now until Arab Nights opens at the Soho in London - and this week it's the turn of Egyptian storyteller Chirine El Ansary to share her thoughts...

This is an open letter to the respectable Egyptian citizen, a father, a mother, an aunt, an uncle...

http://mettatheatre.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/arab-nights-chirines-letter.html


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Syrian writer Ghalia Kabbani
Syrian writer Ghalia Kabbani's Blog for ARAB NIGHTS
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Friday, 9 November 2012

Arab Nights - Ghalia's Thoughts

Just two weeks now until Arab Nights opens at the Soho in London - and so this week I'm sharing Syrian author and Journalist Ghalia Kabbani's moving thoughts and musings on her contribution to the production...

http://mettatheatre.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/arab-nights-ghalias-thoughts.html


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Lebanese writer Tania El Khoury
Lebanese writer Tania El Khoury's Blog for ARAB NIGHTS
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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Arab Nights - Tania's musings

Only five weeks now until Arab Nights opens at the Soho in London - and so this week I'm delighted to share Lebanese Live Artist Tania El Khoury's thoughts and musings on her contribution to the production. And for those of you especially interested in 1001 Nights her piece - both powerful and very funny - also has echoes of a great tale within the ancient Nights canon called 'Abu Kassim's Slipper'. It seems the precedent of shoes as powerful objects of provocation is even older than we realised...


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Palestinien writer Raja Shehadeh Blog for ARAB NIGHTS
Palestinien writer Raja Shehadeh Blog for ARAB NIGHTS
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Arab Nights - Raja's week

So we open our latest production - Arab Nights - six weeks today at the Soho Theatre in London (crikey - that's soon!) - and to celebrate the six diverse and wonderful voices that make up the play they are each going to write a little something for the Metta blog. First - the wonderful novelist and all round lovely human being that is our Palestinian writer Raja Shehadeh...

http://mettatheatre.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/arab-nights-rajas-week.html


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EVENT INFORMATION


VENUE
The Studio

BOOK TICKETS
Via Box Office or online

TICKET PRICES
Adults £12 / Concessions £10

PERFORMANCE DATES
Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 December 2012

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Thursday - Friday, 7.00pm / Saturday, 3.30pm & 7.30pm

RUNNING TIMES
90 minutes (no interval)

SUITABILITY
Contains strong language and adult themes - not suitable for under 13s