THE TALES OF MALIK- Past Production
WRITTEN BY CHRIS BARTLETT / DIRECTED BY ANDY MCQUADE
THE TALES OF MALIK-MAMMED
Welcome to the magical fairytale world of ancient Azerbaijan! The Tales of Malik-Mammed is an adventure-packed comedy inspired by Azerbaijan’s centuries-old storytelling tradition. The magician El leads you into a magic world of yesteryore when shahs ruled and dragons roamed and where the quick-witted prince Malik-Mammed sets out to prove that he’s a match for his overbearing big brothers.
Buta Festival 2015 brings the magic of the folk tales of Azerbaijan to London in this fun-filled adaptation written by Chris Bartlett at Chelsea Theatre.
Welcome to the magical fairytale world of ancient Azerbaijan! The Tales of Malik-Mammed is an adventure-packed comedy inspired by Azerbaijan’s centuries-old storytelling tradition. The magician El leads you into a magic world of yesteryore when shahs ruled and dragons roamed and where the quick-witted prince Malik-Mammed sets out to prove that he’s a match for his overbearing big brothers. Along the way he encounters all manner of adventures, fighting fearsome ‘Dev’ ogres and man-eating dragons and saving damsels in distress. He discovers strange worlds and lots of treasure and makes an unexpected friend in the Fabulous Phoenix – all the while learning what it means to stand up for himself!
Directed by Andy McQuade, the cast features Mark Shaer as El the Magnificent, and Sam Watson as Prince Malik-Mammed, with George Collie and Eloise Black playing a gallery of roles between them including ugly ogres, powerful shahs, terrifying dragons and beautiful maidens.
There’s a free resource workpack about Azerbaijan’s fairytales, traditions and culture for everyone, and a free post-show talk on Friday, Monday and Tuesday (March 6, 9-10).
The show is available for performances and educational workshops at schools.
The Tales of Malik-Mammed is being staged as part of Buta Festival’s varied schedule celebrating Azerbaijani arts and culture.
Venue: Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, London SW10 0DR
Dates: Fri 6th March – Wed 11th March
Times: Fri/Mon/Tue/Wed 10.30am
Sat/Sun 2pm and 5pm
Tickets: Adults: £8 / Children/concs: £5
Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £20
School groups of 10+ (1 adult free per 10 children): £5 per child
Ages: For everyone aged 5+
Disabled audience members may bring one carer for free
CHRIS BARTLETT is an arts journalist and playwright who has written for theatre for the last ten years. ‘Pete and Dud: Come Again’, a stage play co-written with Nick Awde, had a sell-out run at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, in 2005 before transferring to the West End and Auckland, New Zealand, and touring the UK. A follow-up, ‘Unnatural Acts’, ran at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, in 2007. He has also written solo for the BBC Radio 4 comedy series ‘The Bearded Ladies’ and is a member of BBC Writersroom Northern Writers’ Group. His short one-off radio play ‘Fifty-Fifty’ was broadcast in the drama strand of the BBC Radio 3 series The Verb in 2014. As a journalist he has worked for publications including The Stage, New Woman, Heat magazine and the Radio Times.
ANDY McQUADE (‘Best Theatre Director ‘ 2012, Fringe Report) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Second Skin Theatre (patron Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa) and the founder of The White Rabbit Theatre. He has both performed and directed across the globe for the past 20 years. Directing credits include the acclaimed productions of ‘La Chunga’ (UK Premiere) ‘Quills’ (London premiere), ‘Huis Clos’ and the site specific ‘Macabre Resurrections’ which placed reworkings of Pope’s classics into the apt setting of a 16th-century church. He is currently relocating Second Skin Theatre to LA and New York.
El the Magnificent