December 2022 — January 2023
Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nightsby Hannah Khalil, directed by Pooja Ghai
A Tamasha and Shakespeare’s Globe co-production
FIVE WOMEN, 1001 NIGHTS TO SURVIVE
‘Look at her – plucked and waxed and creamed and painted. Ready for battle. For the inevitable.’
Share in the unifying power of storytelling as ancient tales are reclaimed, rewritten and reimagined for Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe. Hakawati /hakəˈwɑːti/. Noun: Storyteller. From the Arabic terms hekaye meaning story and haki meaning to talk. A tyrant revenges his wife’s infidelity by wedding, bedding and beheading a new bride every day. Years later, only five brides-in-waiting remain. These women are unapologetic, and united in their fight to keep themselves – and the whole of womankind – alive. They’ve got other ideas for their future, and it starts with a story… This fearless new play, a co-production with Shakespeare’s Globe, is directed by our Artistic Director, Pooja Ghai (LOTUS BEAUTY, Hampstead, LIONS AND TIGERS, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and written by Globe Resident Writer Hannah Khalil (THE FIR TREE, HENRY VIII, Globe), with contributions from Hanan al-Shaykh, Suhayla El-Bushra and Sara Shaarawi.
This production contains strong and sexual language, and themes of oppression and slavery.
IMAGE: Photography: Johan Persson. Art Direction: Irene Omodeo Zorini.
Wadiha the Dancer
Fatah the Young
Zuya the Warrior
Akila the Writer
Naha the Wise
Maariyah Sharjil – Assistant Designer
Layla Madanat – Assistant Director
Matt Haskins – Candle Consultant
Kareem Samara – Composer
Sabia Smith – Costume Supervisor
Rosa Maggiora – Designer
Pooja Ghai – Director
R-C Annie – Fight Direction
Glynn MacDonald – Globe Associate, Movement
Tess Dignan – Head of Voice
Jess Tucker Boyd – Movement Director
Katherine Heath – Seasonal Voice Coach
Hannah Khalil – Writer
Post-show talk and Q&A with MENA Arts – 6 January
This free post-show talk is a chance to hear director Pooja Ghai and writer Hannah Khalil discuss Hakawatis, hosted by MENA Arts.
Included in your ticket when you book for Friday 6 January at 7.30pm.
Post-show talk – 13 January
Professor Farah Karim-Cooper is joined by Despina Tsatsas, Michelle Terry, Pooja Ghai, and Hannah Khalil to discuss the importance of risk-taking in the theatre sector, and the rewards of programming theatre for, and about, Global Majority voices.
Included free with your ticket when you book for Friday 13 January at 7.30pm.