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ALADDIN by Colin Barrow

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Aladdin has seen the girl of his dreams, Princess Pekoe, but to gain her hand in marriage he must have wealth, and a lot of it. Working in his mother’s laundry is not what he feels he was put on this earth to do. Widow Twankey, Aladdin’s mother wishes that instead of Aladdin dreaming and fantasising of what could be, he’d be more useful helping her wash Peking’s dirty laundry.

Abanazar, Aladdin’s uncle, who has not seen Aladdin since a babe in arms, returns to entice his nephew into entering a cave for the magic lamp. But when Aladdin reaches the third and final chamber of the cave, there is not one lamp, but two! An old dirty lamp and a sparkling clean lamp, not knowing which to choose, Abanazar instructs that it must be the sparkling clean lamp that holds the power and not some dirty old bit of junk. How wrong he is, for the gleaming lamp holds none other than, Turkish Delight a comic apprentice Genie much to the disappointment and anger of Abanazar.

The Vizier, who is side kick to Abanazar, and not as loyal as he ought to be with the Emperor, helps to get the lamps swapped, the new lamp for old! In the meantime, the Emperor, now a widower, and Widow Twankey rekindle their love for each other from the days of their youth.

A comedy duo, Cheap and Cheerful, arrive in Peking and soon find themselves working in Twankey’s laundry but more importantly, they become a distraction to swap the old lamp for a dud. Bheehi, the most powerful Genie in true pantomime style, thwarts evil and wrongdoings and returns the city of Peking back to be a city of love and harmony. And we hope everyone lives happy ever after.

 

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AUTHOR’S NOTE

Aladdin is one of the most popular pantomimes performed and with that comes the ever-present problem of finding a script that delivers something different from when you did it the last time. This script is one that can solve that problem with simplicity, but still tell the story in a traditional way. In this version the laundry scene has been taken out and the cave scene brought forward to earlier in act one. This has given rise to more story telling of Aladdin and the lamp with its journey of intrigue.

There has also been a character change too, Wishy Washy has been dropped and replaced with a second Genie, who’s an apprentice Genie and a comedy part. The plight of Widow Twankey and her laundry remain the same as does the Villainous Abanazar, but the journey it takes gives the audience something less predictable. This makes it a win-win situation for cast and the returning viewing audience alike.

CHARACTERS

Aladdin……………………Principle boy

Princess Pekoe…………..Principle girl

Widow Twankey…………………..Dame

Cheap……………One of a comedy duo

Cheerful………..One of a comedy duo

Emperor

Vizier……………………Semi villainous

Abanazar……………………………Villain

Bheehi………………………………..Genie

Delight………………. Apprentice genie

Two chorus speakers or towns folk (can be doubled up by the performers playing the genies if required)

A Chorus if you have one

 

RUNNING TIME

Two hours – not including interval

 

PREVIEW

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