The Young Storytellers Mentorship Project by The Storytelling Centre Limited supports the professional development of emerging talents in oral storytelling, highlight the importance of nurturing future artists to ensure sustainability of the art of storytelling.
A Caravan of Stories takes you to the desert plains and bazaars where tales were told for a thousand and one nights. Witty girls, a man who never lies, bloodthirsty robbers, an accused peddler and a magic horse will bewitch and beguile you!
Presenting five youths sharing their passion and talents for storytelling.
JEREMY LEONG – The Honest Man (Middle East)
Ali was known far and wide as a man who never told a lie. The King heard of this honest man but did not believe it to be true. Ali was summoned to the royal palace where he was given a task... to lie to the Queen about the King! What will Ali do? Lie through his teeth to save his skin, or stay steadfast to the truth? Find out in this comedic retelling of a humorous tale.
ANDREA ALINGALAN – The Wicked Girl (Turkey)
A clever and beautiful slave girl heads out in search of a spare oil lamp to bring back to her owner's home but finds herself caught up in an exciting adventure instead. She meets a handsome trader whom she tricks and steals from. Each night she toys and teases him and the furious man vows to drink her blood in vengeance!
KHYAN KOTAK – The Kabuliwala (India)
Inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's short story this is a tale of a peddler from Kabul who sells his wares to eke out a living. In the course of his work, he befriends a little girl, Mini, and dotes on her like his own daughter. Time passes and the Kabuliwala is jailed for an incident. It is now Mini's wedding day, and he is released. Will their friendship stand the test of time?
DAISY MITCHELL – The Magic Horse (Persia)
The Sultan is gifted a magic horse that can fly great distances. In return for this gift, he pledges his daughter, the Princess, to the maker of the horse. Outraged at his father's act, the Prince steals the horse to save his sister! But the horse leads the Prince to strange lands and a tale of kidnap, love, revenge and much flying ensues.
FAHIM MURSHED – The Thief & The Cunning Bride (Persia)
Roshan is no ordinary woman ... widowed at an early stage in her marriage and forced to remarry a stranger, she finds herself in the company of a persistent thief. The thief only wants to rob and steal but each time his attempts are foiled by cunning Roshan. In a fit of fury he traps her, but will this be the end for our heroine?