The play travels through layers of time and across the decades. From the vaudeville halls of 19th Century England to a corner of Tehran where a child avidly reads the adventures of Tintin. America lands on the moon whilst an Islamic cleric searches the sky for God and children learn about the electoral law of 1906. The sound of the Revolution encroaches upon everyday life as the East awakens and takes its first tentative steps towards a democratic government.
In this dark comedy Mehrdad Seyf brings an anarchic surrealist humour to these momentous events where politics, religion, love, satire, sanitation and civil war go hand in hand with the fragile establishment of the first secular parliament in the Middle East.
ŒInventive and very funny¹ Financial Times
The Anglo/Iranian Cast includes ALI AMADI, BETSABEH EMRAN, NOEL LE BON, YASMIN BODALBHAI and DONALD SLACK directed by MEHRDAD SEYF design by LESLIE TRAVERS and lighting design by ANNA WATSON.
The Persian Revolution is the company¹s fifth theatre project to date and will further expose culturally diverse work to British audiences. Created by the team behind the critically acclaimed Majnoun – “Playful, absurdist and comicŠ (Majnoun) is impossible not to like” The Guardian, Death by Heroine – “An epic love story enriched by cinematic staging” Time Out, and the documentary but you speak such good English “- funny, poignant and a fine, accessible guide to the natures of both the exiled and their adoptive country” Time Out.
Original play was co-commissioned by the Iran Heritage Foundation.
The Persian Revolution continues 30 Bird¹s quest to challenge the mis-representation of Iran in the West and to explore the meeting points between the East and the West. Using visual and textual material to develop new forms of theatrical expression 30 Bird aims to create surprise out of the ordinary. The Persian Revolution specifically focuses on the relationship between the law of the state and the law of God.
MEHRDAD SEYF was born in Tehran and has lived in the UK since his teens and was educated at the Lycée Français in Tehran and London. After studying Literature and Philosophy, he trained as a psychoanalyst at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and subsequently worked for 3 years as an analyst. He trained as an actor/director with Complicite, Monica Pagneux, Zoltoowski and Lorna Marshall. Mehrdad was assistant director to David Farr on the production of The Odyssey at Lyric Hammersmith. He has written Two radio plays for Radio 4, The Virgin, for Stages of Sound, and Yalda as part of The City Speaks project for Radio 4 and Film London. Mehrdad has written and directed all of 30 Bird¹s projects to date.
LESLIE TRAVERS is an award winning designer whose work includes H. Marschner’s opera Hans Haling (winner of the European Opera Competition), Swan Lake and The Nutcracker for K-Ballet Tokyo (Asahi Award winner for choreography & design); Silent Cry (WYP) Veriete (Lindsay Kemp Company World Tour) The Lark Ascending (ENB).
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The Persian Revolution by Mehrdad Seyf
UK TOUR 2007
23 24 October
Tickets £10.50 WARWICK ARTS CENTRE
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25 October LEICESTER PHOENIX ARTS
8pm Box Office 0116 255 4854
1 November UNITY THEATRE LIVERPOOL
8pm Box Office 0151 709 4988
5 10 November ** OVAL HOUSE LONDON
7.45pm Tickets £12 Box Office 0207 582 7680
** IRANIAN EVENING WITH PANEL DEBATE Friday 9 Nov
16 November THE JUNCTION2 CAMBRIDGE
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21 24 November** TRAVERSE THEATRE EDINBURGH
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** MEET THE COMPANY Wednesday 21 November
29 November THE HAWTH CRAWLEY
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** MEET THE COMPANY Thursday 29 November
7 8 December ** BIRMINGHAM REP
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** MEET THE COMPANY
Friday 7 December