The Good Iranian
It all started with a book...
THE GOOD IRANIAN is a 60-minute solo performance that interweaves a boldly original and funny reimagining of myths from the Persian Book of Kings (the Shahnameh), with true personal stories about identity, family, and culture from life as a Theatre kid coming of age in the American South.
Blending contemporary observations and humour with epic myths told from an authentic point of view, Arsalan takes the audience on a guided tour through the Shahnameh and its themes of good vs. evil, heroism, family lineages, and the enduring power of storytelling. This inventive take on the Shahnameh stories is accessible to all audiences, especially non-Iranians, and seeks to empower everyone to overcome darkness with light and hope.
Among the Shahnameh stories performed are: The Love Story of Bijan and Manijeh, the Coming of Age Tale of King Zāl and the Simorgh, the Tragedy of Rostam and Sohrāb, and the epic showdown between Kaveh the Good Blacksmith and Zahhāk the Evil Serpent King.
Tuesday, 20 February 2024
Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Friday, 23 February 2024
No Step-free Access
Suitable For All
Theatre & Performance
Funny, Thought Provoking, Empowering, Poignant, Feel Good
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Arsalan Akhavan / Rug Entertainment
Arsalan Akhavan most recently worked for two years as the Director of Scripted TV Development for Lesli Linka Glatter's production company Backyard Pictures with Universal Television. Prior to that, he spent four years at Creative Artists Agency working under Ann Blanchard across all facets of TV Packaging. Arsalan earned his Bachelor's in Fine Arts in Theatre Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and spent his first year out of college directing and producing Theatre in New York City, before transitioning into Television in Los Angeles in 2016. Arsalan has now started his own production company, Rug Entertainment, to follow in his grandfather Mostafa Akhavan's legacy of empowering emerging and established Iranian artists by producing and developing Iranian-centred stories through a cross-cultural lens for the global marketplace.
Sepy Baghaei is an Iranian-Australian theatre director based in London. She originally trained as an actor at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, before moving to London to undertake an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Sepy is primarily drawn to new writing, and has workshopped new plays with the National Theatre Studio and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recent credits include: The Boy With Two Hearts (National Theatre/Wales Millennium Centre); Sokhan Begoo (Royal Court); Habibti Driver (Octagon); Manor (National Theatre); Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied Tunisia (Almeida); Reasons To Stay Alive (Sheffield Theatres/English Touring Theatre); Othello (English Touring Theatre); and As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
Sepy is a recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award and the Guildford Academic Associates Scholarship.
PRESS & REVIEWS
CAST & CREATIVE CREDITS:
Director: SEPY BAGHAEI
Writer: ARSALAN AKHAVAN
Performer: ARSALAN AKHAVAN
A Pinch of VAULT is a festival of brand new and work-in-progress performance. Shows will be at varying stages of development, including rehearsed readings with script in hand, first time on its feet or semi-staged.