About Layla Majnun
Layla Majnun is retold yet again as a narrative poem and a play, tracing the lives of two young people, both hemmed in by the people, the places and the nature of the nomadic Bedu society in the early years of the 7th Century A.D in the Middle East. The story begins with the chorus, a group of women, introducing this tale to the audience. They give a brief background of how love blossomed in the hearts of these two young people and its passion and intensity
Next we find Layla’s parents discussing how this love between them (Queys and Layla) has brought the family nothing else but shame. Queys’s father speaks to Layla’s father who refuses this proposal. Disheartened Queys slips into melancholy. On a pilgrimage to Mecca, Majnun strikes the Kaaba and cries. He runs away into the wilderness, becoming unkempt, not knowing good from evil.
Layla meanwhile is married to Ibn Salem. Two years after his death Layla finds Queys but, realizes that the one she loved is lost and has been replaced by a new Queys who is so much in love with the image of Layla, similar to that of Allah. Brokenhearted she leaves Queys who has transcended to a life full of love and light and has become oblivious to Layla’s death.