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Childhood adventure story livestreamed
Coventry's Belgrade Theatre is to premiere new children's play Jabala and the Jinn online. The livestream of the show on March 27 will be followed by a question and answer session with its writer Asif Khan and other members of the creative team.
The show tells the story of Jabala, whose mum has died and whose dad is struggling. When Jabala hears a voice speaking to her in Arabic she wonders who it is. With the help of a friend, Jabala summons the Jinn - only to discover her genie isn't quite like the ones in the fairy stories.
Jabala and the Jinn
Writer Asif Khan was keen to create a story about growing up as a Muslim in Britain. "We don't see much theatre or stories about British Muslims, particularly for this age group (five to eight 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."
Taking part in the livestream alongside creatives and performers is director Rosamunde Hutt, She says: "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. To complete the mix we've got a vibrant set and lighting design and witty evocative original music. 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 March 27 followed by the Q&A. A pre-recorded performance of the show will then be available to stream on the theatre's website from Weds March 31 and – Sat April 24. The stream will be available to viewers for 24 hours after it is first accessed. Tickets priced from £10 are available online at www.belgrade.co.uk.