Fairytales for Grown-ups - 7 PRINCESSES
'When night poured out its silken sack of musky black, King Bahrum, overcome by wine and love, asked the Black Princess with eyes like a gazelle, to open up her treasure box and tell him a tale....' So begins the first of seven playful, poetic, and often deeply erotic tales.
Xanthe Gresham and Arash Moradi serve up a wild Persian fairytale. A labyrinthine epic of secret rooms, impatient passions, clever women, wigs, and a prince who wrestled his crown from the teeth of two wild lions to become King.
Nizami, one of the best loved Iranian epic poets, wrote The Seven Princesses or 'Haft Paykar' in the 12th century AD, influencing generations of poets and storytellers across the world.
Join us for this remarkable show by two superb performers...
'Vivid, magical and occasionally very bizarre' Everything Theatre
'a truly great storyteller, you'll leave with something beautiful created in your own mind British Theatre Review
XANTHE GRESHAM is a storyteller with a distinctive, physical, performance style, who delights in the absurd and preposterous. She started life as a drama teacher in Kentish town, until storyteller Ben Haggarty was invited into the school to performand she was smitten by an artform. Alongside performances in theatres and art centres, Xanthe has performed in festivals, schools and libraries across the UK, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Holland, Switzerland and New Zealand. www.xanthegresham.co.uk
ARASH MORADI was born in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Western Iran - the eldest son of Irans leading tanbour player Aliakbar Moradi. Arash started learning tanbour at an early age from his father whom he later accompanied in numerous concert and festivals throughout Iran and Europe. He cooperated with BBC radio 4 as a guest musician in 2006, and performed as a soloist in Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Arash lives in London where he teaches tanbour, runs workshops on Persian and Kurdish music and collaborates with musicians from around the world.
In a field on the outskirts of Cranborne village, there is a hill, and it has a door....
One of Dorset's best kept secrets, the Earthouse is a 200 seater theatre - lit by lamplight and fire-light. Here audiences sit on wooden benches, under an earth roof, held up by 25 huge aok tree trunks. They come to listen to stories, told by the UK's finest contemporary performance storytellers. This off-beat, little known venue is a magical cinema of the imagination.
Turn off Damerham Road into Cranborne Middle School. Parking is in the school car-park. Walk up the road from the car-park to the Ancient Technology Centre, and follow the lane and then the twinkly lights and the candle lanterns to the doors of the Earthouse.
Cranborne Earthouse (View)
The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road,
Cranborne BH21 5RP
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|