Intimate storytelling and epic ballads from the streets of Kabul, Tehran and Quetta, via Western Sydney, form the foundation of Persian theatre work Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love (درّ دری: یک دورۀ فشردۀ شاعرانه در زبان عشق) which will make its Melbourne debut at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Theatre from 2 – 3 September.

The bilingual show tunes in to a thousand-year strong tradition of courtly Persian love poetry from Western Sydney’s leading theatre company for young professional artists, PYT Fairfield.

Afghan-Australian hosts Mahdi Mohammadi, Jawad Yaqoubi and Hasiba Ebrahimi will guide audiences on the path to love – from getting caught in school writing love letters to the art of flirting, romance and forming relationships.

This is the first time the work has been shown to Melbourne audiences following its successful season at the 2021 Sydney Festival.

Inspired by the tradition of private recitals and ‘curtain shows’ performed throughout the Persian-speaking world, this rich and tender work demonstrates how there is a verse for every condition of the heart.

Exploring Persian-language cultural traditions in a contemporary Australian context, the work is theatrical, conversational and spiritual with audiences experiencing heavenly singing, joyous dancing, personal storytelling and sumptuous video imagery.

Dorr-e Dari not only invites audiences to experience the culturally diverse and rich cultures on their doorstep but to also consider how translation and interpretation of universal themes of love and relationships are celebrated and experienced across cultures over time.

Special guest performers will appear on video phone calls from Afghanistan, Iran and Canada as they bring audiences into the charmed space of a poetry circle where, at least for a moment, any problem might be solved with a couplet.

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