Entertainment > Iranian Play > THE PERSIAN REVOLUTION AT LONDOND'S OVAL HOUSE THEATRE BY GILES ROWLAND
Mehrdad Seyf's Play
Following great success in London last year 30 Bird Productions tour the UK from October with THE PERSIAN REVOLUTION by Mehrdad Seyf VISITING WARWICK, LEICESTER, LIVERPOOL, CAMBRIDGE, EDINBURGH, CRAWLEY, BIRMINGHAM AND LONDON. London date 6 – 10 November at OVAL HOUSE. London press Wednesday Night 7 November. See tour listings below for full tour dates.
The constitutional revolution in 1906 was the first event of its kind in the Middle East and was covered by the press worldwide. 100 years on The Persian Revolution is a lighthearted contemporary interpretation of the exciting events surrounding the establishment of the first parliament and constitution in Iran in 1906.
'An enjoyable romp through revolutionary Persia' -Metro
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.
‘Inventive and very funny’ 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 company’s 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 comic… (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.