Arabian Nights (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Arabian Nights

Friendly a piece of children's storytelling theatre exploring classic tales

Fresh-spun and thrilling, Story Pocket Theatre's take on the tales of the Arabian Nights is as fine and friendly a piece of storytelling theatre as you are likely to find at the Fringe this year.

You don't get many of the 1001 nights in an hour, but the company manage to squeeze in a satisfying handful. They start with Ali Baba and his 40 thieves, dip into a few less well known stories such as The Little Beggar, swing by a quick Aladdin and end up with the most important one of all, that of Scheherazade the clever bride who subdues her husband the king's rage with stories.

It's all led off by Luke Pitman, a twisting, engaging and hugely physical actor. He draws the whole together, setting up his first story before splitting open the shimmering white minaret which makes up the stage's only set to reveal his Scheherazade, Yasmin Goodwin, and her grumpy king, William Forde.

Swapping roles as quickly as they swap hats, making light use of the occasional puppet and mixing up the dark side of the stories with bright jewels of comedy, the three ensure that the hour passes in double time. A real treat.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 24 Aug (not 18), 11.15am, £8-£9 (£6-£77).

Arabian Nights

  • 4 stars

Story Pocket Theatre Meet Sheherazade, the greatest storyteller of them all. She has a feast of adventures and fantasies to tell involving genies, villains, heroes and princesses. Come and enjoy Ali Baba's encounter with the 40 thieves along with Aladdin and his lamp, the Little Beggar and the Fisherman and the Genie. Be…