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Welcome to Iran - Theatre Royal Stratford East and National Theatre

Welcome to Iran

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WELCOME to Iran, a new play written and directed by Nadia Fall, receives its world premiere at Theatre Royal Stratford East (April 18 to May 16) before transferring to the National Theatre (May 21 to June 13, 2020).

Ava is a twenty-something Londoner. Following the death of her estranged father, she journeys to Iran in search of his past and her culture.

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.

Based on real-life interviews, this new play by Nadia Fall (Home, Three Sisters) offers a tender and witty snapshot of modern Iran.

The cast includes Moe Bar-El, Nalân Burgess, Souad Faress, Karina Fernandez, Nicholas Karimi, Serena Manteghi, Maimuna Memon, Isabella Nefar, Kareem Samara and Joplin Sibtain.

Nadia Fall said: “When I went to Iran, I wasn’t quite sure what I would find. As I met with everyday Iranians, from taxi drivers to baristas, from nail technicians to students, I was able to glimpse under the skin of this incredible country.

“With the play, I wanted to disrupt the illusions and pre-conceptions we tend to hold here in the West. People are people, first and foremost, with all their contradictions – love, death, oppression and resistance all coexist together. In these recent times of political turmoil between the USA and Iran, I hope that Welcome to Iran will give a voice to Iranian people and their everyday stories.”