Introduced by Farindokht Zahedi, Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts / Theater / Faculty of Performing Arts and Music, University of Tehran.
Editors Aubrey Mellor and Cheryl Robson
- A new collection of plays from voices of Iranian heritage
- Covering a varied spectrum of themes, from modern relationships, to the effects of war in modern Iran
- An urgent and necessary insight into a misunderstood and highly topical region of the World
Seven freshly translated plays from new and established voices from today’s Iran and the global Iranian diaspora. Plays cover life in contemporary Iran, the aspirations of a burgeoning middle class, the frustrations of disaffected youth searching for a voice in traditional society, and the hopes of women finding new ways to assert their individuality in a time of great of upheaval. The plays shine a light on the profound social, economic and cultural flux taking place in a rapidly changing Iran, one that is vastly different from the misconceptions outsiders have of it.
Aubrey is a leading Australian Theatre Director. Currently Senior Fellow at LASALLE, in Singapore, he was the first Australian to study Asian writing. Formerly Director of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), he is well-known as an acting teacher to a generation of acclaimed Australian actors. He has directed for all major companies, commissioned and premiered plays by Australia’s leading playwrights and is a leading proponent of new Australian writing.
Aubrey founded several writing awards for playwrights and is an advisor to arts bodies including the Performing Arts Board of The Australia Council and The Australian National Playwright’s Conference. Awards include the OAM in 1992, the Australian Writer’s Guild’s Dorothy Crawford Award for services to Playwriting and the International Theatre Institute’s Uchimura Prize for best production, Tokyo International Festival.
Cheryl has edited several collections of international drama. After studying drama at Bristol University, she worked for the BBC and as a film lecturer. She founded the Virginia Prize for Fiction in 2009 in the UK. She is an award-winning playwright who has received Arts Council UK commission and option awards and had several plays produced. She ran a theatre company for several years in London, developing and producing international plays by women. She has won numerous awards for her filmmaking and was recently named a finalist in the ITV National Diversity awards – Lifetime Achievement.