Jabala and the Jinn
By Asif Khan
A story of a little girl’s encounter with a very cheeky Jinn.
We are in Bradford. It’s been a few months since Jabala’s beloved mum died. Dad is a brilliant father, but it’s an effort to get to school on time every day.
One morning before school, Jabala hears a voice replying to her in Arabic. But no one’s there. Could it be Mum? Has she imagined it?
With the help of a new ‘refugee boy’ at school, a Shakespeare enthusiast called Munir, she summons a Jinn. But this is no ordinary ‘Jinn,’ as told in Grandma’s stories. She’s a cheeky, street smart, bundle of fun.
As the day of Eid approaches and the three become the best of friends, events take a drastic turn and Jabala is forced to make some difficult decisions.
Will things come together before the day of Eid?
Using physical theatre, original music and vivid design, this new play by award-winning writer Asif Khan is a funny and endearing story for the whole family.
Suitable for ages 5-12.
“I want to share my culture and experiences. We don’t see much theatre, drama, stories about British Muslims. But particularly for this age group (5-12 years). Children who are experiencing theatre for the first time. Seeing something 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 underestimate how important that is to children“ Asif Khan – Writer
NATALIE DAVIES- Jabala
SARA MAZZANTI - Jinn
RIAD RICHIE - Munir & Dad
ANSHULA BAIN - Understudy (Jabala)
Writer: Asif Khan
Co-Producer: AIK productions
Co-Producer: Turtle Key Arts
Director: Rosamunde Hutt
Designer: Mila Sanders
Composer: James Hesford
Lighting: Aideen Malone
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