Full cast announced for UK Tour of Transport Theatre’s ‘1001 Nights’

[Main Image: 1001 Nights Unicorn 2013 | Credit: Manuel Harlan]

A Transport / Unicorn Theatre production


Devised and Directed by Douglas Rintoul | Designed by James Perkins

Lighting by Matthew Haskins | Sound by Helen Atkinson

Ages 6+

Cast: Samantha Béart, Krystian Godlewski, Keshini Misha

Tomorrow I shall tell you something stranger and even more amazing…

Today, Kent-based Theatre company Transport announced the full cast of their UK tour of 1001 Nights.

Devised and directed by Transport’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul, this Transport/ Unicorn co-production premiered at the Unicorn Theatre in 2013, where it was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Production for Young People. The production will tour the UK between 5 May – 5 July, beginning at Ipswich, New Wolsey Theatre.

Based around the timeless folk tales of The Arabian Nights, the enduring Islamic tales are collected and brought to life for a modern young audience by Shahrazad, a young girl torn between her home in Syria and her new life in the UK. Using everyday objects, the bookish Shaharazad fashions saucepans into crowns, old pipes into enchanted telescopes and a mop into a magic carpet to transport us into an imagined and fantastical world of kings viziers and jinns.

Director Douglas Rintoul uses the power of storytelling to examine complex subjects such as the passage of time, the concept of distance and our affinity to places. Names of the places in the stories that Shahrazad weaves will have new associations for audiences today: Basra, Baghdad, Mosul, Aleppo, Damascus, and ongoing events in the Middle-East have shaped and informed Transport’s adaptation.

Douglas Rintoul (Director) is the Artistic Director of Transport. His recent theatre credits include As You Like It (UK and European tour), Elegy (Theatre503 winner of a Royal National Theatre Foundational Playwright Award), Invisible (UK and European Tour), All My Sons and Of Mice & Men (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Closer (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg), Endgame, A Disappearing Number and Measure for Measure (with Complicite as associate director).

Samantha Béart (Shahrazad) trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her theatre credits include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show – Live! (National Tour), Sophie in Wonderland (Off Cut Roots production at Theatre 503), Silence (Brockley Jack), , Sense (Hen & Chickens), I Still Get Excited When I See A Ladybird (Theatre503), Measure For Measure (The Lion) and The Item Project (BAC). Notable television credits include Portrait of a Land Girl (BBC). Samantha is also a regular voice artist, and her latest work includes Doctor Who: The Space Race and Bilgewater by Jane Gardam. She is also the female lead in the bestselling PC game Age of Wonders III.

Krystian Godlewski (Father) graduated from the Theatrical Academy in Warsaw and has over ten years training experience in physical theatre, modern dance, pantomime, butoh and circus. Theatre credits include: The Nutcracker (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton) Invisible (Transport, International Tour), White Suit (Song Theatre, UK Tour), We Are Shadows (Spitalfields Music Festival) From The Heart, Good Morrow, Good Night (The Bones Theatre). King Matthew 1st (Syrena Children’s Theatre), Metamorphosis (Stable of Pegasus Theatre Company), Television work includes Ambassadors (BBC).

Keshini Misha (Neighbour) has recently appeared in The Canterbury Tales ( Watford Palace Theatre), Sita’s Story (Tara Arts) Tiny Tempest, (Mini Mall Theatre), Moon and Genie (The Half Moon Theatre). Misha has previously worked with National Theatre of Scotland and Tamasha theatre company at The Unicorn. TV credits include work with CBeebies, MTV and Paramount Comedy.

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