The Magic of the Nights

Project Categories: Productions

Working with: The Mosaic Rooms

In partnership with Chirine El Ansary and Marina Warner this storytelling commission looked at The One Thousand and One Nights and asked: how did the relationship between the East and the West change when 18th century Europe chose science over magic? And can we think of magic as a tool for ‘Othering’?

The commission premiered at Rich Mix in November 2018 and we’re now taking tour bookings for 2018. Get in touch if you would like to find out more about the show, how you can bring it to your event, festival or conference, and how we can curate presentations, panel discussions and talks along with it.


Chirine El Ansary
Chirine El Ansary is a storyteller and a performer. She has performed in ancient buildings, streets and markets in Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo as well as in prisons, refugee camps, remote villages, forests and world-class cultural centres all across the world. Chirine is currently completing a PhD at Goldsmiths.

Marina Warner
Marina Warner’s books include Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011) and Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairytale, just out in paperback. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College and a Professorial Research Fellow, SOAS.

Our Involvement: We commissioned this production, marketed it sought funding and partnerships.