Jabala and the Jinn is a new 50 minute play by writer Asif Khan FOR 5 - 12 YEAR OLDS AND THEIR FAMILIES which uses physical theatre, music and new writing to tell the story of a little girls playful and adventurous encounter with a very cheeky Jinn.
“Asif Khan's well-written play draws the audience in with this charming adventurous tale, both children and adults alike will be captivated by this heart-warming story.” West End Best Friend ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“a piece of drama which explores complex themes of growing up, honesty, and friendship. A lovely, multi-layered performance.” Lou Reviews
“This production had me hooked from the get-go. I loved it.” Beyond The Curtain
“Bursting with energy…fresh and fast-moving” British Theatre Guide
“there is lots of humour in Jabala and the Jinn but wrapped up in the fun are lots of messages around acceptance, love, friendship and difference.” Weekend Notes
“Fun, charming and thoughtful” BrumHour
We are in Bradford.
It’s been a few months since Jabala’s beloved Mum died. Dad is a brilliant father, but it’s an effort to get to school on time every day. One morning before school, Jabala hears a voice replying to her in Arabic. But no one’s there. Could it be Mum? Has she imagined it?
With the help of a new ‘Refugee Boy’ at school, a Shakespeare enthusiast called Munir, she summons a Jinn. But this is no ordinary ‘Jinn’, as told in grandmas’s stories. She’s a cheeky, street smart, bundle of fun.
As the day of Eid approaches and the three become the best of friends, events take a drastic turn and Jabala is forced to make some difficult decisions.
Will things come together before the day of Eid?
“I want to share my culture and experiences. We don’t see much theatre, drama, stories about British Muslims. But particularly for this age group (5-12 years). Children who are experiencing theatre for the first time. Seeing something that they can relate to will bring them back to the theatre again. It’s so important to see yourself represented. I know growing up I didn’t have that and we underestimate how important that is to children“ Asif Khan – Writer
THE WRITER, DIRECTOR AND ACTORS SPEAK ABOUT THE PLAY.
Asif Khan - WRITER
Asif is an award winning writer and actor, born and raised in Bradford. His debut play COMBUSTION toured the UK in 2017 and was nominated for OffWestEnd’s Best New Play award and Best Writer in the Stage Debut Awards. It also Won Best Production at The Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (2018) and at The Asian Media Awards (2017). In 2018, Asif Won the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme Award with RIFCO and Watford Palace Theatre, where he was commissioned to develop a new play. In 2019, his play IMAAM IMRAAN was produced by the National Youth Theatre, playing at the Bradford Literary Festival. He is a Tamasha Theatre Alumnus with whom he has developed two plays for teenagers. He was part of the BBC Comedy Room in 2017 and was named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist in 2017.
With Turtle Key Arts, Asif co-produced the award winning play Love, Bombs and Apples by Hassan Abdulrassak, directed by Rosamunde Hutt, which played at the Arcola Theatre (London), Edinburgh Festival (Summerhall), Potrero Stage (San Francisco), The Kennedy Center (Washington DC) as well as a UK Tour.
Rosamunde Hutt - DIRECTOR
Rosamunde has created an extensive body of work for young audiences, producing and directing new plays for young people for 30 years. She has directed over forty five shows for young audiences, many of which have won new writing awards and have been produced all over the world.
Recent credits for children include productions for Polka Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, AJTC/York Theatre Royal, and Dragon Breath Theatre. She is invited regularly to speak on young people’s theatre most recently for JumpStart Festival in Delhi and the Youth Theatre Festival 2016 in Athens. She edited Theatre Centre Plays for Young People, Aurora Metro Press, 2003.
Turtle Key Arts:
Turtle Key Arts produce and devise original and ground breaking art to entertain and inspire, we believe that access to the arts helps to improve the quality of life.
This collaboration with AIK represents a wonderful opportunity for Turtle Key Arts and our future partners. We are excited by the chance to bring theatre to a new generation of children who may not otherwise experience it and the introduction of a new story to mainstream audiences which will allow them a glimpse into an aspect of British culture that not all of them may be familiar with.
Produced by AIK Productions and Turtle Key Arts, in association with Kala Sangam and Belgrade Theatre Coventry supported by Stratford Circus and The AMAL Foundation. Funded by Arts Council England.