Sinbad The Sailor

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Synopsis:

Sinbad the Sailor returns from his latest voyage, bearing not treasure as his poor mother had hoped. But a magic sword that he is convinced will make him his fortune. His mother is facing eviction by her landlord and in order to placate her, Sinbad visits the bazaar to buy her a present.

At the bazaar Sinbad meets and falls in love with Princess Yasmin. But the jealous Vizier frames Sinbad as a thief and he is taken before the Sultan for sentence.

However, Fairy Seaweed intervenes and helps Sinbad and Yasmin run away to sea where many adventures await them, including meeting King Neptune.

Roles:

10 principals plus several small speaking roles and cameos, a chorus with some speaking lines and a camel.

Runtime:

All of our scripts have a runtime of under 2hrs (not including any interval) But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit your own needs.

Music:

All of our pantomimes come with a full, suggested songs and music cues and SFX list.

Style:

Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

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CHARACTERS

SINBAD
DAME DRACHMA
ALI
PRINCESS YASMIN
ROSE
VIZIER
SULTAN
SULTANA
KUMQUAT

SUPPORTING ROLES – CHORUS

[plenty of scope for doubling/trebling up]
Fairy Seaweed
Captain
King Neptune
Queen Pearl
Abu
High Priest
Police Officer
Landlord
Humpy The Camel
Davy Jones
Dancers; Sailors; Guards; Harem; Mermaids; Islanders; etc.

 

SCENE ONE

THE BAZAAR IN OLD TANGIERS

Music cue 1: Chorus. After song ends…Chorus mill around stalls.

Enter Ali [SR]

ALI: Hiya boys and girls! Welcome to old Tangiers in beautiful Morocco! My name’s Ali and I love making new friends, so every time I come and shout hiya boys and girls! I want you all to shout back, hiya Ali let’s get pally, okay? Let’s try it then. [exits and re-enters] Hiya boys and girls! That wasn’t loud enough. Let’s do it again and this time raise the roof. [repeats business] Fantastic!

Enter Dame Drachma [SL] pulling on a rope leading off into the wing.

DRACHMA: [straining on rope] Move your lazy carcass, you cantankerous camel!

ALI: What’s the matter mum?

DRACHMA: [turns] Ali! I’ve looked everywhere for you.

ALI: You can’t have done, mum.

DRACHMA: Why can’t I?

ALI: Because you didn’t look where I was.

DRACHMA: I always knew you’d be an awkward child. Before you were born you gave me nothing but trouble. I said Doctor, every morning I get up suffering from terrible morning sickness, what do you suggest I do?

ALI: And what did he suggest?

DRACHMA: He suggested I get up in the afternoon.

ALI: You can’t blame me for making you sick before I was born, mum.

DRACHMA: No, but you didn’t have to carry it on afterwards. Now, help me shift Humpy.

ALI: Leave him to me, mum. Here Humpy, I’ve got a nice sugar lump for you.

Enter Humpy at a run [SL] the rope goes slack, and Drachma falls over.

DRACHMA: [stands] You did that on a purpose you devious dromedary! If you don’t start pulling your weight around here soon, it’s the Kit-e-Kat factory for you.

ALI: You can’t sell Humpy to the Kit-e-Kat factory, mum!

DRACHMA: Why can’t I?

ALI: Because I promised first refusal to the glue factory.

DRACHMA: I’m seriously considering getting another camel, Ali.

Humpy whispers to Ali.

ALI: Humpy says, can you get a female one?

DRACHMA: Forget it Humpy, what you’re thinking’s impossible.

ALI: Why is it, mum?

DRACHMA: Because Ali…[whispers]

ALI: I don’t remember you taking him to the vet’s. [Humpy crosses his back legs] I think it’s a bit too late for that, Humpy.

DRACHMA: [Humpy bashes her] All right, don’t take the hump. [laughs] Take the hump!?

ALI: Don’t worry Humpy, what you’ve never used you’ll never miss.

DRACHMA: And you should know. Anyway, I was talking about replacing Humpy, not bringing in a second camel.

Humpy whispers to Ali.

ALI: I don’t blame you, Humpy.

Exit Humpy [SR]

DRACHMA: Where’s he going now, Ali?

ALI: He’s off to The Bent Turban, to drown his sorrows.

DRACHMA: He reminds me of your father. He spent more time in there than his own home.

ALI: I never knew dad, what was he like, mum?

DRACHMA: He was an able seaman, just like your brother Sinbad. Although not as able as I’d hoped. It was a whirlwind romance. I was in a whirl, and he had wind. On our wedding night, I asked him to carry me over the threshold. And he said, where am I going to get a forklift at this time of night? After you were born he went back to sea, and his ship sank in a terrible storm with no survivors. Leaving me to bring up two sons alone, and it wasn’t easy I can tell you. Things got that bad I ended up seeing a psychiatrist and told him I was feeling suicidal.

ALI: And what did he say?

DRACHMA: He told me to pay in advance.

ALI: It’s a bit sad to think of dad lying somewhere on the seafloor.

DRACHMA: He was used to lying on the floor, Ali. Mostly outside The Bent Turban. Still, life goes on, and it would be a whole lot easier if you got yourself a job.

ALI: I have looked, mum.

DRACHMA: Well try looking harder. You’re that lazy you’d make an asthmatic slug seem energetic.

ALI: Don’t knock lazy people mum, they’re the ones who drive progress.

DRACHMA: How do you make that out?

ALI: Because they’re always inventing stuff to make life even easier.

DRACHMA: Then how come you haven’t invented loads of labour saving devices?

ALI: I’m not lazy mum, I’m just on eco mode.

DRACHMA: What do you think you are, a household appliance?

ALI: You’re always telling me to save energy.

DRACHMA: By using less electric, not sitting on your big fat…

ALI: Steady on mum, family show!

DRACHMA: You don’t know what good hard work is, Ali.

ALI: No mum, what good is it?

DRACHMA: Hard work never killed anybody.

ALI: Well, I don’t want to be its first victim.

DRACHMA: There’s not much chance of that.

ALI: How come you don’t go on at Sinbad about getting a job?

DRACHMA: He already has a job, sailing the world seeking his fame and fortune.

ALI: Well, he must be looking for it in all the wrong places.

DRACHMA: At least he brings me back some nice prezzies from his travels.

ALI: So do I!

DRACHMA: Name one thing you’ve brought me back, Ali.

ALI: I brought you back that nice present from Blackpool, remember?

DRACHMA: You mean that stick of rock with Blickpool, running all the way through it?

ALI: Is it my fault they had a dyslexic letterer.

DRACHMA: Why can’t you go to sea like Sinbad, instead of getting under my feet all day?

ALI: But you know I suffer from seasickness mum.

DRACHMA: What are you talking about Ali? You’ve never been to sea in your life!

ALI: I know, but just thinking about it makes me sick. [looking off SL] Watch out mum, here comes our landlord.

DRACHMA: I wonder what he wants this time?

ALI: At a wild guess, I’d say rent.

DRACHMA: Well he can want because I’m skint.

Enter Landlord [SR]

LANDLORD: Dame Drachma, I’ve come for it and I’m not leaving until I get it.

DRACHMA: That makes a change, I thought you might be after money.