This classic is the oldest animated feature film. Musician Chris Davies reinvigorates it, with his composition and live performance using array of instruments from around the world to accompany Prince Achmed’s journey from the Middle East, to China and beyond. Suitable for all the family.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed is an animated fairytale film based on tales from The Arabian Nights. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film and still stands as one of the great classics of animation. Musician Chris Davies reinvigorates the film with his skilful composition and live performance using a spectacular array of instruments from around the world to accompany Prince Achmed’s journey from the Middle East, to China and beyond.
“A joy to behold. Beautiful and innovative - age only adds to its brilliance and charm.” Empire
Instruments used in the production:
Classical guitar, oud, darbuka, gong rack, bass drum, djembe, tin whistle, bowed psaltery, xylophones, thumb piano, zither, crystal singing bowl, bamboo flute, soprano saxophone, rattles, shakers and bells, voice, sequencing and computer programming.
Dir. Lotte Reiniger/Carl Koch (uncredited) / UK / 1h 21min plus Q&A
* Before the show there will be a FREE drop-in arts workshop based on the story of Prince Achmed and exploring the silhouette puppets used in the film. The workshop is at Bo'ness Library from 11am-noon.
** Find out more about the instruments used - Chris will speak to the audience at the end about the wide range of instruments he will use during the performance.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed Trailer from jack lockhart on Vimeo.