Arabian Nights on stage as academy launches theatre project

Arabian Nights at Wootton Academy.
Arabian Nights at Wootton Academy.

The colourful stories of the Arabian Nights have been wafting through the corridors of an academy as a new theatre venture gets underway.

Wootton Academy Trust has launched its own Youth Theatre, YT43, and this week hits the stage with a classic production which runs until Friday.

An academy spokeswoman said: “YT43 is distinctive in that it strives to produce the highest quality theatre whilst maintaining a non-competitive and inclusive ethos.

“This week, YT43 will be staging a production of Dominic Cooke’s adaptation of Arabian Nights.

“These tales derive mainly from the Islamic Golden Age and were originally told at this time of scientific and cultural growth across West and South Asia; rooted in stories which go back to Ancient and Medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian and Egyptian.

“The trust hopes that the event will provide an opportunity for students to celebrate these rich cultural influences on the western world. The event will mark the United Nation’s International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is later in March.

“Cranfield Islamic Society is also offering full support and has recently donated prayer mats and copies of the Koran for the Quiet Room at Kimberley College. They will also be providing guest speakers to visit the school to talk to students in a week that promises to be exciting, eye-opening and educational.”

The Arabian Nights show takes place from Wednesday, March 4 until Friday, March 6.

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