Belgrade Theatre Coventry to premiere new children’s show online.

Asif Khan’s new children’s play, Jabala and the Jinn, will be livestreamed from the Belgrade Theatre Coventry on Sat 27 March at 3pm. A pre-recorded performance will then be available to stream on the Theatre’s website from 31 March –  24 April.

Jabala and the Jinn tells the story of schoolgirl Jabala. A few months have passed since Jabala’s mum died and her dad is struggling. One morning, she hears a voice speaking to her in Arabic – but there’s no one there. Could it be her mum? Has she imagined it?

With the help of a new refugee boy at school – a Shakespeare enthusiast called Munir – Jabala summons the Jinn (or ‘genie'). But this is no ordinary Jinn and nothing like the ones she’s heard about in her grandma’s stories. Jabala is in for a big surprise!

The tale of a little girl’s playful and adventurous encounter with a very cheeky Jinn is told through a thrilling combination of physical theatre, music and new writing.

Asif Khan, an award-winning playwright and actor, is particularly keen to represent Muslim characters and communities in stories for younger audiences.

Asif Khan said: “We don’t see much theatre or stories about British Muslims, particularly for this age group (5-8 years). These are children who are experiencing theatre for the first time, so seeing something that that they can relate to will bring them back to the theatre again. It’s so important to see yourself represented… I know growing up I didn’t have that, and we can underestimate how important that is to children.”

Director Rosamunde Hutt has 30 years of experience in producing and directing new plays for young people.

Rosamunde Hutt said: “I'm delighted that despite these extraordinary times we are able to reach out to children and families with this play by award winning writer Asif Khan. Jabala and the Jinn is funny, poignant and full of heart, featuring three children who revel in the unexpected and face jeopardy and change with resilience and optimism. We're thrilled to be premiering this brand new play at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry.”

Jabala and the Jinn will be livestreamed at 3pm on Sat 27 Mar and then available to stream at any time from 31 March – 24 April. Tickets priced from £10 are available online at www.belgrade.co.uk.

School's Tickets are available for £50 and can be used on multiple devices.

To make a booking for your school, please email the friendly Box Office team via boxoffice@belgrade.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.

 

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