Welcome To Iran - BBC Radio 3

Welcome To Iran - BBC Radio 3

After having to cancel our production of WELCOME TO IRAN in April 2020, a new version was specially recorded for radio and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sun 23 May.

Written and directed by Nadia Fall
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3

Ava is a twenty-something dual heritage, British Iranian. Following the death of her estranged Iranian father, she journeys to Iran in search of his past and to connect with her family. Exploring this often misunderstood country, Ava is swept into a world of raves, raids and illicit love, all whilst negotiating family politics, Tehran traffic and the morality police.

A World Premiere for Lockdown Theatre on BBC Radio 3. Artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall weaves an imagined narrative together with real-life stories to construct a tender and witty snapshot of culture and life in modern Iran.

WELCOME TO IRAN was commissioned by Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Theatre and was due to open at Theatre Royal Stratford East in April 2020.

Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation.

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From Nadia Fall:
"I would be on social media here and see posts of young fashionable Iranians, that would give the Kardashians a run for their money: lips pouted, dressed up to the nines and I was thinking this is not the Iran we are sold here in the West. I just thought it would be incredible to meet people and make a story inspired by the testimonials of everyday Iranians. This work is a love letter to Iranian people, who I found to be the most hospitable and poetic folk I have ever met. I was constantly invited to eat or offered gifts and even the Taxi drivers, and waiters recited poetry. I was particularly moved by the young people who absolutely held the same hopes and dreams you’d expect of the young, and despite many stifling restrictions they still found ways to express themselves and to find joy and love. They resisted the system in small ways every day, despite struggling with the effect of impossibly harsh sanctions imposed from outside the country and the draconian laws of the state within." 

Moe Bar-El
Nalân Burgess
Souad Faress
Karina Fernandez
Dana Haqjoo
Nicholas Karimi
Serena Manteghi
Maimuna Memon
Isabella Nefar
Joplin Sibtain

Written and directed by Nadia Fall
Original songs by Maimuna Memon
Music by Maimuna Memon and Kareem Samara
Theatre Sound Design by Alexandra Braithwaite
Radio Sound Design by Adam Woodhams and Steve Bond
Assistant Director Sepy Baghaei
Produced by Jeremy Mortimer
Executive Producers Joby Waldman and Bertie Carvel


Stratford East Podcast - Episode 20 - Welcome To Iran, interview with Maimuna Memon

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