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In rehearsal - (l-r) Marcus Fernando, Rene Zagger and Kiran Landa rehearse with model puppets. The puppet Marcus and Rene operate is 'Es-Sindibad the Sailor' - the puppet used in the show is painted gold. Kiran operates a giant snake puppet which features in the story of Es-Sindibad the Porter
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC
In rehearsal - The company works together using a large model skull, rakes and sticks to create the appearance of a giant bird in flight.
Shahrazad (Ayesha Dharker) brings to life her story of the Talking Bird and the Singing Tree.
Photo by Keith Pattison © RSC
After being betrayed by his first wife, King Shahrayar (Silas Carson) seeks revenge by marrying a succesion of young women and immediately having them put to death.
The story of Es-Sindibad the Sailor - Es-Sindibad (operated by Marcus Fernando) climbs a tree (created by members of the cast).
Shahrazad (Ayesha Dharker) marries King Shahrayar (Silas Carson) and saves herself (and other women) from death by telling him exciting stories. Her sister, Dinarzad (Chetna Pandya) sits listening.
Es-Sindibad (on the left, operated by Marcus Fernando and Rene Zagger) encounters the giant bird with its egg.
Watched by an array of colourful characters, the Doctor (Rene Zagger) pulls a fish-bone from the mouth of the Little Beggar (Simon Trinder).
Abu Hassan's New Wife (Natalie Dew) wears an elaborate and heavy costume for her wedding celebrations in the story of 'How Abu Hassan Broke Wind.
Ali Baba (Amit Shah) empies out the treasure he's found in the cave, to the amazement of his wife (Natalie Dew).
Having invited the Little Beggar (Simon Trinder) home to dinner, the Tailor (Chris Ryman) and his wife (Harvey Virdi) are astonished and panicked when he collapses during the meal.
Ali Baba (Amit Shah) enters the cave where the theives store their loot. The cave's walls are created by the company.
Shahrazad (Ayesha Dharker) melts the king's hard heart with her enchanting storytelling.
The Arabian Nights company create just a few of the tales of 'Alf Leila Wa Leila' - 1001 Nights.
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