StoryFest: The Shahnameh - The Epic Book of Kings by Xanthe Gresham-Knight (UK)


Suitable for adult audiences 16 years and above

Date: Sat, 3 June 2017

Time: 8 — 9pm, no intermission

Venue: Play Den, The Arts House

Ticket price: $20

Be transported to a passion-filled world of heroic adventure and romance within a masterpiece of world literature. Listen to tales of the magical Simorgh with her miraculous feathers, of the deeply loved, yet reluctant hero, Rustam and his super-sized horse Rahksh. Experience the energy and humour of this sweeping, legendary history of Iran.

The Shahnameh was written by the Iranian poet, Ferdowsi over 1,000 years ago and stretches from the beginning of time to the 7th century fall of the Persian Empire. It touches on concerns that continue to plague and intrigue us today such as the meaning of truth, integrity and loyalty; with stories that move from the otherworldly, to the most basic human dramas and desires.

Dazzling performance storyteller, Xanthe Gresham-Knight brings to life a selection of stories.

Originally commissioned by The British Museum with support from the Magic of Persia, London, The Smithsonian and the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. The Shahnameh was developed for national touring by Adverse Camber. Performed with thanks to Arash Moradi, Crick Crack Club (London), Iran Heritage, Asia House, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

With a few props, exquisite timing, just enough movement, a few rhythmic repetitions and some audience participation, stories from various cultures were brought to life to beautiful effect. “ Harry Brown – The Irish Times

‘Gresham unwraps each story like the petals of a lotus…in the end you leave with something beautiful created in your own mind….’ British Theatre Review

About Xanthe Gresham-Knight

Xanthe Gresham Knight has been telling stories for over twenty years. She studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, co-founded the Big Wheel Theatre Company and worked as an actress and teacher before discovering storytelling. She has toured Shahnameh for 15 years, recently working with Adverse Camber production company. A regular performer at the British Museum and the Smithsonian, she is also Storyteller in Residence for Psychologies magazine and has had Residencies at Harvard University, The Chelsea Physic Garden and Stoke and Staffordshire Libraires.

Presented by The Storytelling Centre Limited and The Arts House

With the support of National Arts Council Singapore

For more info, please visit www.storyfestsg.com

Sat Jun 3, 2017
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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