ALI BABA SCRIPT EXCERPT

 

MUSTAFA and his depleted band of thieves have discovered the whereabouts of ALI BABA. MUSTAFA knocks on the door and it is opened by Ali’s mum (our dame) MUM BABA....

MUSTAFA.

(checking his appearance and giving his hair a flick) And now for my fatal, fatal charm!

MUM.

(opening the door) Hellooo?

MUSTAFA.

(seductively) Hello, little girl. Is your Daddy in?

MUM.

(delightedly) Well, I don’t know about that. Maybe you’d like to talk to me!

MUSTAFA.

Have we met before?

MUM.

I don’t think so.

MUSTAFA.

It’s just I was wondering if I’d come to the right door, or - knocked on the door to heaven?

 

(MUM looks delighted. MUSTAFA turns briefly to the Audience with a look of alarmed revulsion.)

MUM.

Oh, no, I’m sure you’ve come to the right door!

MUSTAFA.

I’m an oil merchant.

MUM.

Are you?

MUSTAFA.

Yes, I am.

MUM.

That’s nice.

MUSTAFA.

Yes, it is, and the thing is –

MUM.

(getting very close) Yes?

MUSTAFA.

I’ve got nowhere to stay. Baghdad’s full.

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MUM.

That’s terrible.

MUSTAFA.

It’s awful, isn’t it?

MUM.

Well, we were all going to a funeral today –

MUSTAFA.

I thought you might be.

MUM.

You read me so well… But –

MUSTAFA.

Yes?

MUM.

Our plans have changed.

MUSTAFA.

No?

MUM.

Yes!!! Would it just be the one of you?

MUSTAFA.

Any more would be a crowd. Just me and my (counts on fingers) four jars of precious oil.

MUM.

Well, we do have very strong traditions of hospitality in these parts…

MUSTAFA.

Of all the knockers in Baghdad, what power above made me choose yours?

MUM.

I don’t know!

MUSTAFA.

Rat-a-ta-tat. Maybe it was meant to be?

MUM.

(grabbing MUSTAFA and bundling him in) Ali! We’ve got a visitor!

 

(BLACKOUT.)

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Characters

  • Scheherazade, the storyteller
  • Ali Baba, principal boy
  • Mum Baba, Ali & Cassim’s Mum. The dame
  • Kamil, a camel
  • Safiya, principal girlv
  • Cassim, Ali’s richer brother
  • Sharon, Cassim’s wife
  • Huma, Safiya’s younger sister
  • Sheikh Mustafa Leikh, the chief thief
  • Yessah & Nossah, Mustafa’s inept lieutenants
  • Fab Rick, a tailor
  • Loonah, Moonah & Noonah, Mum's friends.
  • Chorus, as Citizens of Baghdad, Servants and Thieves

NB. Feel free to change gender where necessary. (Nossah works very well when played by a female actor.)

Mum’s friends are hilarious when some men in drag are involved in the mix.

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