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A demon slaying heroine, a resilient cobbler, a punctilious baker, a bereaved youth and their respective supporting casts draw on a constellation of character virtues (e.g. courage, generosity, determination, hope, love , peace, etc.) to find meaning, purpose and success in their lives.

This collection of four wisdom tales from Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam explores humanitarian values common to all of the faith traditions inviting Key Stage 2 pupils or community audiences to identify, articulate and reflect on these values and their currency in and relevance to their lives. The stories are theatrically performed over 50 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes of conversation with options for extended engagement through games and exercises. This educational offering supports religious education, PSHE, citizenship, art & design and English strands of the KS2 national curriculum and is available for booking by schools nationally.


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Muslim Heritage Stories

Celebrating the Islamic World at the British Museum on 19-20 Oct '18

- Free Entry -

On the special occasion of the opening of the Museum’s newest gallery – the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic world, we will be staging performances of tales of wonder, wisdom and humour from Malaysia, Sudan, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan, the Uighur, #MullaNasruddin #Rumi and the #1001Nights iA.

Featuring artists Sam Adams, Alia Alzougbi, Waleed Elgadi, Lincoln James, Eleanor Martin, Jumana Moon, Mohammed Sesay and Alishan Ugur.

Fri 19th Oct, Room 17 - Nereid Gallery: 18:40-19:10 & 19:50- 20:20 (mature audiences)

Sat 20th Oct, The BP Lecture Theatre: 11:30-12:00, 13:00-13:30 and 15:00-15:30 (family audiences) Come and join us for a feast of imagination and beauty!

Returning to the British Museum for the first time since the critically acclaimed Hajj Exhibition 2012.

Part of Khayaal's Theatre-without-Walls Programme serving multi-sector audiences supported by Safera Foundation.

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Photo Credits: Peter Sanders Photography & Saleh Ahmed
Graphic Design: Inspiral Design


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Khayaal’s cast of three performance storytellers will captivate and transport Eid in the Square revellers with a feast of riveting tales from an array of Muslim cultures.

Come join us in our marquee on the north terrace on the hour and on the half hour throughout the day for laughter, wonder and reflection that will delight your hearts, minds and imaginations.

#EidLDN

 


 
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Further information at

www.foodforthejourney.co.uk


Riding a Donkey Backwards & Other Tales from Muslim Literature

 Saturday, 28th April 2018 at 12:00pm - 13:00pm  Green Room, The British Library 96 Euston Road,  London  NW1 2DB   Tickets:  £5    More Info:  http://mfest.org/event/riding-a-donkey-backwards-other-tales-from-muslim-literature/     Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/riding-a-donkey-backwards-other-tales-from-muslim-literature-tickets-44482135264

Saturday, 28th April 2018 at 12:00pm - 13:00pm

Green Room, The British Library
96 Euston Road,
London
NW1 2DB

Tickets: £5

More Info: http://mfest.org/event/riding-a-donkey-backwards-other-tales-from-muslim-literature/

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/riding-a-donkey-backwards-other-tales-from-muslim-literature-tickets-44482135264


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Stories of wonder, wisdom and humour from around the world for family audiences at Luton Central Library at 11am on Saturdays 10th February, 10th March and 14th April. For more information and to book tickets:
 

http://www.lutonculture.com/luton-libraries/whats-on/2018/02/10/storytelling-performance/2492/


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Coming in April. For more information and to pre-order yours:


http://www.otterbarrybooks.com/riding-a-donkey-backwards


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Please visit eventbrite for tickets

For more information please contact muslimnativity@yahoo.com


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A promo trailer for our popular live 10 minute storytelling performance on the life and times of Ibn Khaldun that has been enjoyed by audiences at KPMG, Bank of England, Norton Rose Fulbright, Oxbridge Muslim Alumni and many more.


Christian Muslim Storytelling in Letchworth 18/11/2017

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Part of our Theatre-without-Walls Project serving community audiences where they are supported by:

 

· Flight to Abyssinia
How the Negus, a Christian king, granted safe haven to the first Muslim community.

· The Sultan and The Saint
The story of St Francis and Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt against the backdrop of the crusades.

(60 minute performance, Followed by 30-minute discussion)

Presented by Letchworth Islamic Society

To be performed by Eleanor Martin and Carl Tinnion, as part of Interfaith Week

At St Thomas Church Community Hall, 103 Bedford Road, Letchworth, SG6 4DU

On Saturday 18th November 2017, from 5pm to 7pm (doors open at 4.45pm)

To book tickets, text/call 07404 558259 - £8 adult ticket/£4 child ticket - Enquire for group and family tickets

Further info: nadiayr08@yahoo.co.uk

Supported by: Letchworth Festival, St Christopher School, St Thomas' of Canterbury 'Faith in Wilbury', Churches Together Letchworth & Hitchin

Photo Credit: ©Saleh Ahmed | Poster Credit: Inspiral Design


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 Christian Muslim Storytelling at Greenbelt Festival 26/08/17

 Photo Credit: © Saleh Ahmed  | Poster Credit:  Inspiral Design

Part of our Theatre-without-Walls Project serving community audiences where they are supported by:

 

We will be presenting Christian-Muslim Storytelling as part of Amal at Greenbelt Festival on 26th August to be performed by Eleanor Martin and Carl Tinnion.

· Flight to Abyssinia
How the Negus, a Christian king, granted safe haven to the first Muslim community.

· The Sultan and The Saint
The story of St Francis and Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt against the backdrop of the crusades.

(60 minute performance, Followed by 30-minute discussion)

For more information click here.

Photo Credit: ©Saleh Ahmed | Poster Credit: Inspiral Design


 Photo Credit: ©Saleh Ahmed | Poster Credit: City Retreat, Leicester

Photo Credit: ©Saleh Ahmed | Poster Credit: City Retreat, Leicester

Part of our Theatre-without-Walls Project serving community audiences where they are supported by:

 

Tales from Muslim Lands
15th April, 17:00-19:00
City Retreat, Leicester
Click here to purchase tickets on Eventbrite

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I. Jesus Christ: A Storytelling Performance

A dark night. The kingdom of a cruel king. In a sacred temple, a woman preparing for worship lights a lamp only to be startled by a much brighter light. An angel conveys the heavenly news of a blessed child: Jesus, peace be upon him.

A reverent and atmospherically rich performance of the story of the prophet known as the Spirit of God follows, from his miraculous birth to his glorious ascension.

Khayaal’s Easter storytelling offering presents an episodic account of the life of Prophet Isa (as).

II. Baha & The Golden Sparrow

By rescuing a golden sparrow on the slopes of Jing Mountain, Baha sets off a sequence of life-changing encounters with heaven and hell in her bid to discover true love. Exploring themes of manipulation and desperation, this classic tale from Muslim China features in Khayaal’s one-woman play entitled Sun & Wind described by BBC Radio 4 as ‘powerful’.

III. Quest for Knowledge

A young man applies to become an adept of a sage in pursuit of sacred knowledge only to find himself summarily charged with a seemingly simple task. The task becomes a toilsome trial of initiation that profoundly alters his perception of one it means to learn and know. A tale on the theme of orientation, charity and service by Khwaja Sammasi of Uzbekistan.


 Poster Credit: IHRC

Poster Credit: IHRC

Part of our Theatre-without-Walls Project serving community audiences where they are supported by:

 


Jesus Christ - Prophet Isa alayhissalam - Storytelling Performance by Khayaal Theatre Company with Q&A
Join us on Sunday afternoon @ Rumi's Cave for an inspiring storytelling performance by Khayaal Theatre Company. Bring children,friends and family!
Date: 11th December 2016
Admission: 2:45pm
Performance Start: 3pm
Running time 30 -35 minutes
Booking Fee: £10 via eventbrite or pay on the door. Half price for children. *Free for under 5.
Address: Rumi's Cave 26 Willesden Lane, NW6 7ST
 


STORIES OF WONDER AND WISDOM FROM RUMI - Storytelling Performance by Khayaal Theatre Company with Q&A
Join us on Sunday afternoon @ Rumi's Cave for an inspiring storytelling performance by Khayaal Theatre Company. Bring children, friends and family!
Date: 13th November 2016
Admission: 2:45pm
Performance Start: 3pm
Booking Fee: £10 via eventbrite or pay on the door.


   We are delighted to be sharing performances of stories from Muslim literature for families at Bucks County Museum's The Art of Islam Festival as follows:  Sat 9th April at 2pm @ Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury For more info and to book visit:  http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/…/al-khayaal-theatre-comp…/   Sat 16th April at 2pm @ Milton Keynes Library For more info and to book visit:  http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/…/al-khayaal-theatre-comp…/   Sat 23rd April at 3pm @ High Wycombe Library For more info and to book visit:  http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/…/al-khayaal-theatre-comp…/   Performances will start promptly and last for 45-50 minutes. The stories are pitched to mixed age family audiences. Photo credit ©  Saleh Ahmed   We will also be delivering drama workshops for select secondary schools in July as part of the festival.

We are delighted to be sharing performances of stories from Muslim literature for families at Bucks County Museum's The Art of Islam Festival as follows:

Sat 9th April at 2pm @ Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury
For more info and to book visit: http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/…/al-khayaal-theatre-comp…/

Sat 16th April at 2pm @ Milton Keynes Library
For more info and to book visit: http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/…/al-khayaal-theatre-comp…/

Sat 23rd April at 3pm @ High Wycombe Library
For more info and to book visit: http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/…/al-khayaal-theatre-comp…/

Performances will start promptly and last for 45-50 minutes. The stories are pitched to mixed age family audiences. Photo credit © Saleh Ahmed

We will also be delivering drama workshops for select secondary schools in July as part of the festival.


Eleanor Martin

Eleanor is a professional actress and stage director with mainstream TV and film credits and has performed as a storyteller for the past 15 years. She employs a dramatic and physical multi-character role-playing performance style that has been described by audiences as mesmerising and imaginatively and spiritually nourishing and inspiring. She specialises in telling stories from Muslim heritage with a contemporary twist. Her recent engagements include Bristol University, SOAS, LSE, Mehria Primary School, Bank of England and Hastings Storytelling Festival. She is also a theatre-in-education specialist and a founding Associate Director of Khayaal Theatre Company.

Carl Taylor

Over the last 10 years as a teacher and trainer, Carl has utilised storytelling in communication.  He desires to make stories come alive to such a degree that they open up and reveal deeper truths.  Regularly using his experience in communication within the charitable sector.  Carl utilises creative forms of communication including storytelling and theatre, in order to help people develop confidence in telling their own stories.  He seeks to help narrative art forms flourish in all kinds of arenas and to encourage new dialogues to emerge across different cultures and faiths.