Vis and Ramin is one of the most famous narratives of pre-Islamic Iran, having endured the past 2000 years. It is a tale of forbidden love, rebellion, rejection of social norms, and challenges inherited political structures.
It is often described as a Persian Romeo and Juliet, and is believed to be an inspiration for Tristan and Iseult, although the proto-feminism of the central character brings to mind the Greek figures Medea and Antigone. The subversive and feminist implications of the story have resulted in its being banned in Iran since the revolution. The famous classic has been revitalised with bilingual storytelling and sophisticated multi-media for a dynamic contemporary performance experience.
In November 2017, Baran Theatre, with the support of FCAC (Footscray Community Arts Centre) and you, will bring to Melbourne a story that had been suppressed for millennia.
Although an old story told with an old poetic language, some say it accurately describes contemporary Iran and its dictatorship. The questions it raises about trust are applicable to any society, even Australia today. Nodding to history, past and present, the production analyses misconceptions of Iran and Iranian women, and interrogates the contemporary politics of this Middle Eastern country — as well as telling a tale as old as time.
Vis and Ramin was developed over two years with support from Metro Arts, Australia Council for Arts, the Australia Council’s Theatre Diversity Initiative, Arts Queensland, and Playwriting Australia. Its successful premiere season at Metro arts in May 2016 has encouraged Baran to bring the show to Melbourne, and then the world. With this aspiration to reach a wider and global audience, the group seeks to challenge, provoke and inspire, sharing a significant historical story that is pertinent to understanding both the past and our present predicaments.
The production includes a diverse cast of twelve artists from Baran Theatre, with artists from Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Germany and Netherlands.
We are now seeking your help to support the costs associated with the production’s upcoming Melbourne tour. These costs include artist fees, production costs, travel and accommodation for the twelve artists involved in the production.