“What if I had grown up there instead of here? No, not Iraq – the other one.”
Two passports, two names, one woman. Peyvand is British. Parisa is Iranian.
When she was ten years old, Peyvand travelled from East London to Iran with her father to meet her family for the first time. Her British citizenship wasn’t recognised, and so she had to acquire an Iranian passport (and a new name) on arrival. Only now, Parisa is forbidden from leaving the country... at least for a little while.
The story may sound familiar so far, but what happens to Parisa when Peyvand is finally allowed to come back “home”?
Drag, poetry, puppetry and personal/archival interviews – all set to stripped back renditions of Persian pop classics – come together in this darkly funny, formally inventive theatrical mosaic about dual citizenship, home, the arbitrary boundaries of nation states, and what it will take to start the next revolution.
Developed on Starting Blocks at Camden People’s Theatre, with additional development support from Soho Theatre Labs, Omnibus Theatre, and Arcola Theatre.Book Now
Peyvand is an actor, puppeteer and theatremaker. She trained with the National Youth Theatre, and studied BA Drama & Theatre Arts (Hons) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has been awarded places on Soho Theatre Cabaret & Drag Lab 2018, Soho Theatre Writers Lab 2018/19, and Camden People's Theatre Starting Blocks 2019. Credits include Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (Traverse Theatre – Fringe First 2019 Winner); I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream (VAULT Festival 2018 People's Choice Award Winner); Turkey (Hope Theatre); Kiss Chase (The Bunker Theatre).Book Now
Writer/Performer: PEYVAND SADEGHIAN
Director: NASTAZJA SOMERS
Dramaturg: GARY THE HAMSTER
Designer: ISABELLA VAN BRAECKEL
Lighting & Video Designer: AL ORANGE
Composer & Sound Designer: ROSHI NASEHI
Producer: PENNY BABAKHANI
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