SHARJAH – The 10th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), will feature a series of Arab and foreign theatrical performances that combine education, fun, and entertainment to highlight the values of honesty to young visitors. Running from April 18-28 at Expo Centre Sharjah, SRCF 2018 will be held under the theme ‘Your Future… Just a Book Away’.

Among the performances is international favourite, ‘Tuta and Monkey Cheetah’, which tells the story of two groups from the same village who go hunting for treasure. Both groups fall prey to a swindle that leads them to wild jungles, villains, and ultimately the North Pole, home to the giant white bear.

The play, presented by Kuwait’s Al Rowan Centre for Art and Theatrical Production, will be performed by Huda Hussein, Hanadi Al Kandari, Ahlam Hussein, Farhan Al Ali, Mohammed Al Sahaf, Aws Al Shatti and Rania Shehab.

Also from Kuwait, SCRF visitors will be mesmerized by the ‘Island of Kids’ Area’, produced by Kuwait’s Artist for Art and Theatrical Production. The play talks about a group of talented children on board a plane that is forced to make an emergency landing on an island. Events escalate when the passengers are taken hostage by the natives, leading to the children trying to escape through reading, culture, and knowledge.

The show will be performed by Hamad Al Omani, Haya Abdul Salam, Fuad Abdullah, Layla Abdullah, Shahd Abdullah and Maitham Bader, as well as children Abdul Wahhab Al Saffi, Ahmed Bin Hussein, Ghurour Safar and Bader Atwan.

Young visitors will also be treated to a truly impressive virtual reality illusion show ‘Hara Hiroki’ from Japan, which is the latest in innovative video mapping and a range of interactive visual shows that blur the lines between reality and graphics, immersing the young spectators in a magical world of hologram illusions.