“It’s a personal story as much as a theatrical one.”
WHO: Kamaal Hussain, Writer/Director/Performer
WHAT: “The Thief of Baghdad presents Becoming Scheherazade. Magic and reality collide as one British Arab navigates the voyages of Sindbad and tries to make sense of his own family’s relationship to their migration from Iraq to the UK. ‘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).”
WHERE: Summerhall (Venue 26)
WHEN: 15:00 (50 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
No, but the last time I performed there was in 1995! I’ve been coming the Fringe regularly as a punter for years, but haven’t brought a show in over 20 years!
Tell us about your show.
Becoming Scheherazade is an examination of my family’s migration to the UK from Iraq, all beautifully interwoven with the stories of Sinbad from the Arabian Nights.
It really looks at the human story of migration, and challenges the assumptions made about Arabs in the UK.
As it’s a personal story as much as a theatrical one, it’s written by me, and has been fomenting in my mind over the last couple of years.
After the Fringe, I hope to tour.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
I saw Every Brilliant Thing a couple of years ago, which was marvelous. The Jurassic Parks is fun too!
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