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MAJNOUN: A Play by Mehdad Seyf


Majnoun blasts the Western image of Iran through the roof in a surreal and comic collision of images, music and text

National tour - Edinburgh, London, Cambridge, Crawley, Exeter, Leicester, Kendal, Birmingham (12 April - 31 May 2006)


Presented by

30 Bird Productions in assocaition with the Iran Heritage Foundation.


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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'
The Guardian

Following its critically acclaimed premiere at the riverside Studios in London in 2004,
Majnoun will tour the UK during April and March this year (dates and venues below). Financially supported by Arts Council England, national touring marks a major new step for 30 Bird Productions.

Majnoun blasts the Western image of Iran through the roof in a surreal and comic collision of images, music and text. 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 Stage

'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.'
Culture Wars

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.

Box office, venues, dates, times

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
12-15 April, 7.30pm

Box Office +44 (131) 2281404

Lyric Hammersmith, London
18-22 April, 8pm

Box Office +44 (870) 0500511

The Junction, Cambridge
3 May, 8pm

Box Office +44 (1223) 511512

The Hawth, Crawley
5 May, 7.45pm

Box Office +44 (1293) 553636

Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
9 May, 8pm

Box Office +44 (1392) 667080

Phoenix Arts, Leicester
12 May, 7.30pm

Box Office +44 (116) 2554854

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
25 May, 8pm

Box Office +44 (1539) 725133

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
30-31 May, 7.45pm

Box Office +44 (121) 2364456

Claire Summerfield or Mehrdad Seyf, T +44 (20) 76353737,



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.


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