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Cinema (ZENDEH)

By | Published on Monday 31 August 2015


An ingenious piece of multimedia theatre which interweaves video projections and sound clips, ‘Cinema’ aims to show the impact of the political upon the personal, to do justice to the individuals caught in the wider narrative of history. The play takes as its focal point the 1978 arson attack upon an Iranian cinema that constituted the gravest terrorist attack pre 9/11, killing five hundred people. This attack against the influence of western culture changed the course of history, triggering the Iranian revolution. Playing with the theme of story-telling and referencing ‘One Thousand and One Nights’, the stories of the victims of the attack are told by one of the sole survivors; the cinema’s in-house cat Scheherazade.

Northern Stage at Summerhall, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | Megan Wallace