‘This production will stay in my mind for a long time’: ARABIAN NIGHTS – Hoxton Hall

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Hoxton Hall, London – until 13 October 2018
Guest reviewer: Lara Alier

If you close your eyes and I mention Arabian Nights what can you see? How does it feel, sound and smell? The description of Hoxton Hall will probably match what you imagine. Strong incense blends with warm lights and the sound of a little fountain add ambience to the big Arabic arches.

This play is a careful selection of Middle Eastern folk tales, also called One Thousand and One Nights. The plot follows Sharazad, whose power of storytelling helps King Sharyar find a bit of humanity within himself. “It will be a pleasant evening,” I think to myself. “Everything will feel comfortable. Comfortable. My friend will enjoy the costumes and the pretty set.” Slowly, as each and one of the stories unravel, I realise that this is actually a really well-crafted series of stories, and they’re told well. It’s funny how these ancient tales actually transport us to earlier times.

Every tale uses different theatrical devices, and each of them enriches the collection even further. Puppets, masks, and everything in between creates an exciting, eclectic, yet coherent piece of performance. If I close my eyes and I picture One Thousand and One Nights, this production will stay in my mind for a long time.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.

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