The Chronicles of Irania (4 stars)

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The Chronicles of Irania

The pleasantries of tea, sweets and traditional stories are juxtaposed with harrowing tales of violence towards women and homosexuals. The country may be fictional but its real-life inspiration is all too clear, and Maryam Hamidi’s beautiful turn as Khadijeh, the sole performer, makes this play a joy to watch.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 18), 1.30pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£6–£7).

Chronicles of Irania

  • 4 stars

Fusing playful myths and dark realities, this extraordinary one-woman show bears witness to the painful but exhilarating struggle to understand and be understood. 'A blazingly vivid encounter - with carpets, cushions and tea' - **** Scotsman. **** Herald.

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