The Shahnameh

Crick Crack Club

The Shahnameh

  • By Xanthe Gresham & Arash Moradi
  • Tue 12 Feb, 8pm
  • £9 (£7)

Performance Storytelling by Xanthe Gresham, with music by Arash Moradi

Aerial artiste of the spoken word, Xanthe Gresham, dives headlong into the majestic mythology of Persia, to perform sections of The Shahnameh – the epic masterpiece The Book of Kings – accompanied by the remarkable Iranian musician, Arash Moradi.

Magical horses, supersized heroes, and consuming passions abound in this world of romance, lust, tragedy and war. Here fathers and sons may be strangers in battle; selfish Kings move others like chess pieces across the board for their own amusement; beauty can be both a gift and a curse, and femme fatales condemn young men to journey through fire.

‘She speaks like a woman spitting jewels.’ Arts Council England

‘Magical.’ Independent

‘A truly great storyteller.’ Cecily Boys, British Theatre Review

*‘Gresham unwraps each tale like the petals of a lotus flower. At the end of the evening you leave with something beautiful created in your own mind.’*’ British Theatre Review