Monsieur Ibrahim poster”Jews, Muslims and Christians had many great men in common before we started hitting each other over the head.”
Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur’an is based on the book by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt and looks at the unlikely friendship formed between a Sufi Muslim, Monsieur Ibrahim and a 13-year-old Jewish boy, Moses.
Teachers will find Gwent Theatre’s new production a highly rewarding stimulus for students in years 9, 10 and 11. The play will address, amongst other things, the concerns of the development of a young man as he comes to terms with growing up in a difficult but fascinating world.
Many opportunities are available for the analysis of narrative presentation as the play presents its story through diverse methods. For example, in addition to their main roles the two actors play all the other characters peppering the plot including Bridget Bardot, a French tart on the Rue de Paradis and Moses’ long lost mother.
Ideal as a starting point for GCSE coursework in drama and English the play’s themes are cross-curricular in nature and will afford much scope for other work specifically in history, RE, PSE, and MFL.
Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur’an is a heart warming and humorous experience that affords all senior pupils opportunities to reflect on their own position, becoming adults in a complex and often confusing age.