Play by Mehrdad Seyf - Introduction
12 April – 31 May 2006
National tour - Edinburgh, London, Cambridge, Crawley, Exeter, Leicester, Kendal, Birmingham
Majnoun blasts the Western image of Iran through the roof in a surreal and comic collision of images, music and text
30 Bird Productions in assocaition with the Iran Heritage Foundation.
Iran: no booze, no sex, no techno?
Majnoun blasts the Western image of Iran through the roof in a surreal and comic collision of images, music and text.
'Playful, absurdist and comic...Majnoun is so deftly staged, so appealingly performed and has such high production values it is impossible not to like'.
Following its critically acclaimed premiere at the Riverside Studios in London in 2004, Majnoun will tour the UK during April and May this year (dates and venues below). Financially supported by Arts Council England, national touring marks a major new step for 30 Bird Productions.
30 Bird exposes the relationship between Iran and the West, the role of women, the veil and the modernisation that swept the country during the twentieth century. A soundscape of popular Iranian and English music, a non-narrative structure, and sculptural design reflect the fragmented results of the peculiar marriage between modernism and tradition.
'Told through a blend of cabaret, physical satire and occasional touches of the absurd the result is a highly enjoyable romp through Iranian mores'.
'The major achievement of this project is that it doesnąt shove its politics in your face. It is sophisticated, confronting the past wrongs through humour and providing context for careful thought - moments of genius are pleasingly frequent.'
The Anglo-Iranian cast includes Ali Amadi and Betsabeh Emran - who will give a bi-lingual performance in Persian and English. Design by award winning resident designer Leslie Travers, Lighting Design by Flick Ansell.
30 Bird's previous productions include The Parable of the Blind, Death by Heroine, and the documentary but you speak such good English featuring Omid Djalili. 30 Bird is currently developing its next project, The Persian Revolution, a co-commission with the Iran Heritage Foundation.
30 Bird produces new writing using sculptural design and visual installations to create surprise out of the ordinary.
Venues, dates, times
Edinburgh, Traverse Theatre - 12-15 April, 7.30pm
London, Lyric Hammersmith - 18-22 April, 8pm
Cambridge, The Junction - 3 May, 8pm
Crawley, The Hawth - 5 May, 7.45pm
Exeter, Exeter Phoenix - 9 May, 8pm
Leicester, Phoenix Arts - 12 May, 7.30pm
Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre - 25 May, 8pm
Birmingham, Birmingham Repertory Theatre - 30-31 May, 7.45pm
Click on 'Tickets' in the left column of this page for contact details of the various venues. Different ticket prices at each venue.
Claire Summerfield or Mehrdad Seyf, T +44 (20) 76353737, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts Council, ITC, SETA, Lyric Hammersmith. 30 Bird is indebeted to Lyric Hammersmith for its support and looks forward to developing its future projects as part of theMIX at Lyric Hammersmith, supported by Deutsche Bank.