Ali Baba by David Barrett, Script and Performance Licence
This is a panto-style play for children with 8 suggested songs. The duration is around 70 to 80 minutes and it is suitable from age 9 upwards. There are lots of characters in this show, which is based on the well-known story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
The price of a script includes a licence for 1 performance.
This is a copymaster script with permission to photocopy or print off as many copies as you need for your rehearsals. Once we have received your payment, you will be emailed a download link for your script. If an actor loses a script, simply run off another.
You will need a performance licence for every performance of the play.
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Each Additional Performance: £20
Dame Ayeesha Ali’s mother
Karim Ali’s Friend
Captain of the Guard
Scene 1: The courtyard of Ayeesha Baba’s house
SONG 1 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
(Servants exit leaving empty stage. Enter COW, humming a tune)
COW (Does a short synchronised Arabian dance) Oh what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beau ........ (stares at audience. Goes closer and peers out)
My oh my, what have we here. Looks like children. Can’t be though, not in this neighbourhood. You don’t get many children in this far corner of Arabia. I say, you wouldn’t have any grass, would you? Eh, any grass ..?
GRASS! Oh, never mind. I bet you can’t answer this: if a cow is tied to a 10m length of rope, how far can it wander .... eh, eh? As far as it likes,
the other end is not tied. (COW laughs very loudly) Hey, you’d better
not stay too long. Dame Ayeesha will be here in a minute, she does not
like uninvited guests and she’s got one hell of a temper. You’d better be
really quiet when she arrives ..... hold on ..... I can hear someone coming
now. Shhhh ..... shhhh ..... (wanders off stage) (Enter servants)
DANCE 1 Servants
SER 3 (Preparing feast and looking around nervously) We’d better hurry up,
she’ll be here soon.
SER 2 Who’ll be here?
SER 1 Ayeesha.
OTHERS Bless you!
SER 3 You know what happened last week when we were late with lunch.
SER 1 Ooh, don’t remind me. (rubs bottom) I couldn’t sit down for days.
SER 2 Should be a law against all this flogging.
SER 4 (Enters) May Allah help us, I forgot the washing. (starts to hang very
large bloomers) It’s Wednesday today, the day for washing Dame
Ayeesha’s smalls. (pause while others stare at the bloomers)
SER 1 My oh my, you certainly are getting short-sighted, my friend.
SER 4 Ayeesha has not been in good spirits lately.
SER 3 She thinks Ali is of an age when he should be looking for a bride.
SER 2 One with a handsome dowry.
SER 3 But he is too lazy to spend time looking for a girlfriend.
SER 4 And the inheritance left to her by her poor dead husband .....
OTHERS (hats off and sung) May Allah rest his soul .....
SER 4 Is nearly gone.
SER 1 Quiet, I can hear her coming. (most servants exit quickly)
DAME OOOh, my feel are killing me, I must stop wearing these high heels. (pulls out a dead fish) No wonder, I need a new sole. (throws shoes across the stage in temper) What a day! I spent all morning queuing at the bazaar and all afternoon queuing for a taxi. (aside) The producer told me it wouldn’t matter if I missed some of the cues. Never mind ..... my nephew Ali will be home soon. He lives with me you know ..... he never knew his mother. (aside) Just as well if you ask me, the trollop. Ali’s friend Karim lives with us too. Karim is so very clever, he was always top of the class at school (crossly) and Ali was always bottom.
KARIM (Off stage) Knock, knock.
DAME Ooh, I do like a good joke don’t you?
KARIM (Louder) KNOCK KNOCK!
DAME (Looking at the audience) Who’s there?
DAME Bella who? (KARIM enters) Bella not working so Ia knocks. (raucous
guffaws of laughter from DAME)
DAME Ooh you are a one Karim. (slaps him on back and he staggers) But
KARIM Oh, he went to hire a magic carpet. They’ve got a good offer on today -
only 10 pieces of silver for one hour’s hire.
ALI (Flying in from the wings) Aaaah! Hello Auntie.
DAME Hello my little Alikins ..... (mothers him)
KARIM (Looking at magic carpet. Aside) Wow, this must be the TURBAN-
ALI You must have had an awful day, you look pretty dirty.
DAME I know, and I look even prettier when I’m clean. It’s getting crowded in
here. You know, two’s company and three’s a crowd.
A & K Yes.
DAME Then what’s four and five. (they shrug)
A & K Nine! (groans)
DAME Tell me, where have you been all day?
KARIM Oh, nowhere in particular, Auntie, just here and there.
DAME What do you mean “just here and there”?
ALI Well, I went to the doctor and said: ‘Doctor I feel like a bird’. He said “Stay there and I’ll tweet you in a minute.”
KARIM And I said: Doctor, everyone keeps being rude to me and he said “Get out
of here you silly idiot”!
DAME I just don’t know which one of you is daftest, you’re both as bad as one
ALI That’s right Auntie, like two peas in a pod that’s why we’re such good
SONG 2 The Best of Friends
(Bell rings off and servants enter. ALI and KARIM hide)
DAME Ah, time to break the fast. I’m so hungry I could eat on ox. (She sits on
the rug and tucks in)
ALI (Coming out of hiding) And I could eat a flaming camel.
KAR Ali, you should not swear like that.
ALI Why not, Shakespeare did.
KARIM Then you should stop hanging around with him.
ALI You are supposed to be the intelligent one and you don’t even know who
Shakespeare is. What else don’t you know? What was the tallest
mountain in the world before Everest was discovered? (steps towards
KARIM who backs off)
KARIM Why, Everest of course.
DAME Alright, but I bet you don’t know what a fjord is!
KARIM I do, it’s a Scandinavian motor car.
ALI (Thinks) Er ..... name me seven animals that come from India.
KARIM Six elephants and a tiger.
DAME Enough! That’s enough of this madness. Ali Baba .... it’s about time you
did something with your life, you lazy good-for-nothing. All you seem to do is hang around in the bazaar drinking sherbet. Tomorrow you will go and find a job ..... at last you can start to earn.
ALI What’s an Arabian earn Auntie?
DAME Stupid boy! It’s what we store our wine in.
(Bell rings off, boys hide, servants enter to serve wine)
SER 4 What is it with you two? Every time the bell rings you jump. (they serve
drinks and clear plates)
ALI We heard that all young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty four
are being called up for service in the Sultan’s army.
KARIM And we refuse to join; it’s not our style.
SER 1 But serving in the Sultan’s army is a great honour. The army is proud of its great feats.
SER 2 Is that why they have such big shoes ..... because of their great feats .....?
SER 1 Foolish boy, do you not know that a great treaty with the King of Persia
has just been signed.
SER 2 Oh really, where was it signed.
SER 4 At the bottom of course.
SER 2 Did you hear about the karate expert who joined the army. The first time
he saluted he nearly killed himself.
SER 3 I hope you do not mind my mentioning this, honourable Dame, but ..... on
the subject of wages .....
DAME How dare you, you snivelling little wretch. (servants begin to exit,
backwards) You dare to mention money while we are sat at table. Have
you no shame?
SER 3 A thousand pardons my lady. We simply .....
DAME Enough. Leave my presence, at once, all of you.
SER 4 (Aside) There you are ..... I told you she had a temper.
(AYEESHA throws a shoe at the servants. ALI and KARIM stand and make as if to exit, backwards)
DAME And where do you think you two are going? Clear this table and get on with the washing up. Life will be different from now on. We will have to manage without servants ..... and you can do the work. (they stand open-mouthed. She shuts each of their mouths in turn)