Ali and the Magic Lamp puts a fresh, modern spin on the classic tale. In this comedic version, Ali is a skateboarding girl who just wants to be treated like an equal. Unfortunately, her mother has other plans. On her way to the market to pick out a new dress for Prince Rashid’s upcoming ball, Ali inadvertently frees Genie – a rambling fashionista with attitude.
Meanwhile, Prince Rashid, obsessed with his gaming habits, is also tired of living up to other people’s expectations. He runs away and meets Ali, who promises to help him on his ‘quest’ – a series of tests he must pass before becoming the next Sultan. The plot twists just keep coming as the evil Morgiana infiltrates the palace, the street waif Haroun and her cruel master Houssein try to steal the lamp, the Oracle reveals some surprising family revelations, and the bumbling palace servants – Calliel and Cassim – risk their lives to save the Prince. Other than the ‘Genie in the lamp’, this play is unique in its plot, characters and outcome, while addressing relevant issues.
ALI – skater girl
PRINCE RASHID – heir to the throne; gamer
SULTANA – Prince’s overbearing mother
GENIE – rambling gift-granter with attitude
MORGIANA – evil sorceress wants to take over the world
PRINCESS – spoiled and self-centred
SHIRA BAJIRA – Ali’s hard-working mother
HAROUN – orphaned street girl
HOUSSEIN – evil merchant
CALLIEL – bumbling palace servant
CASSIM – Calliel’s sidekick
THE CARPET* – small part in Act 2
MERCHANT* – one scene in Act 1
ORACLE* – small part in Act 2
SARINA* – princess’s personal servant
BO PEEP* – one line during finale
Can be doubled*
EXTRAS: MARKET SCENE, GALA SCENE
First produced by the WLSS Drama Club in 2004; published by JAC Publishing in 2014. Rights reverted back to playwright in 2020.
Ali and the Magic Lamp is available through the playwright’s website.
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