Get ready to be swept away on a magic carpet of clowning creativity!

Acclaimed company, Shifting Sands Theatre, is re-telling the Arabian Nights tales with a comic twist at Déda on Saturday 27 February at 7.30pm

Gerry Flanagan, the Artistic Director of Shifting Sands Theatre, is one of England’s most sought after Clown practitioners.  He’s promising to excite and enthrall audiences with this latest production Arabian Nights...and Days! 

The company has developed a reputation for creating a clown's eye view of epic tales and this retelling of a classic text will be sure to take you on a magic carpet ride of adventure.

“I am delighted to be able to retell this classic”, said Artistic Director, Gerry Flanagan. “It’s one of my favourites. Being able to tour the Arabian Nights is very exciting, it shows just how powerful and captivating a great story can be." He goes on to say “With stories we can go anywhere. They take us beyond what we know as well as revealing what we do know... but in surprising ways. They reveal undiscovered worlds. They help us to experience magic. Stories communicate hidden things, difficult things that are hard to talk of. They remind us of what we have lost, and what we can still find.”

The Sultan summons a new wife every night. Every morning he has her killed. All are powerless before him. As the number of his victims mounts, the fear grows. Who will be next? Then Scherazade, the daughter of the High Counsellor, demands to be his next wife. All are dumbfounded. Has she lost her senses?

The drama revolves around a young woman, who is resourceful and quick witted.She must captivate the imagination of her new husband,the wicked Sultan with a different story every night or risk being killed the next morning. She is resourceful and quick witted and each night she spins tale after tale, stories about love, desire, merriment and sorrow. But what will happen if she runs out of stories?

Forget all you know about previous retellings of Arabian Nights as this will both surprise and enthral you. Get ready to embark on a journey into a world of wonder and meet characters that will excite and ignite the senses. This hilarious and moving production incorporates clowning, comedy and storytelling to create a bold and thrilling experience for its audience.

For tickets contact the Box Office on 01332 370911

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Artistic Director of Shifting Sands Gerry Flanagan is available to interview.

Tel: 07751 996 864

About Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands Theatre was founded in 1998 to create comic, moving, physical theatre using clowning, text, animation and play combined with strong visual design.  The result is stimulating and accessible theatre re-interpreting classical texts and devising new work which is enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

The company tour small scale venues nationally, perform mad-cap street theatre and offer education workshops and residencies tailored to specific needs. It encourages the development of new talent via teaching and performance projects for aspiring performers of all ages.GG