|Sarah Agha & Gehane Strehler. Picture by Robert Workman|
"Captivating"—John Nathan, Jewish Chronicle
"A well-paced play full of humour and colour, it keeps children glued to their seats"—Dunia El-Zobaidi, The Arab Weekly.
I also talked about the play on Midweek with Libby Purves.
It's on at the Polka Theatre until May 24th and I would love you to see it. Of all the plays I've written, this one probably means the most to me. Rosamunde Hutt has directed it with so much warmth and flair and sensitivity, and the cast have all brought such passion and commitment to it—and energy, which is not easy, doing two shows a day, what with the massive fight scene I threw in. Here are some lovely things people have said on Twitter too.
Massive tx to @polkatheatre for having Joseph Hood children along to watch Operation Magic Carpet - absolutely spellbinding!!!
— PK Furnish (@PeaKayEff) April 23, 2015
@hemiyeroham @Jeanefer1 @polkatheatre fantastic production of Operation Magic Carpet this afternoon. Congratulations, have a superb run xxx
— Suzanne Ahmet (@suzanne_ahmet) April 19, 2015
Operation Magic Carpet @polkatheatre - terrific show, beautifully written and compelling dealing with identity and culture. Great cast too.
— Neil Brand (@NeilKBrand) April 19, 2015
Operation Magic Carpet by @SamanthaEllis27 at the @polkatheatre is just wonderful. A real tale for our times. I urge you to see it.
— Katie Breathwick (@Breathwick) April 18, 2015
"Were they real swords?" Great Q's asked by the audience after @polkatheatre's beautiful performance of Operation Magic Carpet.
— Joseph Coelho (@Poetryjoe) April 18, 2015
#OperationMagicCarpet @polkatheatre's a must-see for kids, @SamanthaEllis27's wise joyful play captivates & never talks down to its audience
— Amy Rosenthal (@amyrosenthal74) April 13, 2015
@SamanthaEllis27's witty, magical, moving, warm, #operationmagiccarpet at @polkatheatre . And at the end it all comes together beautifully.
— Ben Musgrave (@BenMusgrave1) April 13, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed a bumper weekend of plays: 'Whatever the Weather' & 'Operation Magic Carpet' @polkatheatre and 'Shh... Bang!' @artsdepot
— Children'sTheatre (@ctheatrereviews) April 13, 2015
Wonderful trip to @polkatheatre this afternoon for the super #OperationMagicCarpet for 6-11 year olds. Thanks to everyone at Polka
— First Touch (@FirstTouchNNU) April 11, 2015
My 10 year old and I LOVED Operation Magic Carpet at @polkatheatre this afternoon. See it if you can, it's super
— Skemperoony (@Skemperoony) April 11, 2015
Well done @polkatheatre for Operation Magic Carpet today- bright, funny and action-packed show. Loved the genie
— Goblin Theatre (@GoblinTheatre) April 11, 2015
@polkatheatre we loved operation magic carpet! Enchanting, funny, beautiful set. Kids were enthralled!
— Emma Dowson (@EmmaDowson1) April 11, 2015
@SamanthaEllis27 @kbrad1111 & I had a great time @polkatheatre on Sat. I adored the dancing, wistfulness, beauty & actors were fab. Bravo! x
— Debi Magonet (@dibdabdebi) April 20, 2015
People with kids in the 6-11 slot, totally totally take them to Operation Magic Carpet at the Polka. Son (6) totally enraptured, and...— maddy costa (@maddydeliqette) April 26, 2015
...when I told daughter (8) I want to go back with my mum, asked if she could come too. Which is pretty ace.— maddy costa (@maddydeliqette) April 26, 2015
Also, super interesting to see Operation Magic in light of what chris goode said y'day, re you make the ground on which you can stand...— maddy costa (@maddydeliqette) April 26, 2015
...because that's pretty much what the play tells kids, too. You can make that ground from your heart, your roots, and from stories.— maddy costa (@maddydeliqette) April 26, 2015