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"charming and moving, and like the best shows, left space for reflection on the many tales one life can tell" - The Scotsman
"I would recommend this show to anyone who wants to see past the regular media stories about Iraq: to hear one man’s personal story, learn a little bit more about Iraqi culture, and feel how in the end, we are really all just the same. The same fears haunt us, and the same hopes and dreams keep us going. Don’t miss the Arabian Nights" - Fringe Guru
"Hussain is a lovely storyteller. Gregarious and engaging, Becoming Scheherazade is sincere and captivating under Hussain’s retelling of it. There’s nothing gimmicky or over earnest here; it’s just pure and simple storytelling done with real heart and humanity." - Grumpy Gay Critic
Becoming Sheherazade was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 at Summerhall.
“One wants to tell a story, like Scheherazade, in order not to die. It’s one of the oldest urges of mankind. It’s a way of stalling death.” -Carlos Fuentes
Magic and reality collide as one British Arab navigates the voyages of Sindbad and tries to make sense of his own family’s migration to the UK. An absorbing, moving, funny tale, full of unexpected twists and turns, Becoming Scheherazade uses The Arabian Nights; tales that spared Scheherazade from the King’s axe.
Becoming Scheherazade is the first iteration of a broader project collecting 1,001 stories from Arabs living in the West, aiming to create a contemporary parallel of The Arabian Nights and, like Scheherazade, tell stories to stave off annihilation.
Written and Directed by Kamaal Hussain
Designed by Tom Power
Associate Director Bronwen Carr